June 20, 1931 – October 2, 2019
ELDRIDGE – Fred Carl Wessel III, 88, of Eldridge, Iowa, died Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House after a brief battle with stomach cancer. A private family funeral service will be held at Weerts Funeral Home. Friends and family are encouraged to celebrate Fred’s life at the The Outing Club from 2 – 4pm on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Inurnment will be at the National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. Memorials may be sent to The City of Eldridge Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 37, Eldridge, IA 52748.
Fred was born June 20, 1931, on the family farm in Eldridge, Iowa, to Fred and Cornelia Wessel. He graduated from Davenport High School in 1949. After graduation, he purchased a Farmall M tractor and a John Deere baler and started his own custom baling business. In 1951, he enlisted in the U.S. Airforce and served as an airplane mechanic during the Korean War. He then returned to farming. On March 6, 1965, at St. John’s Methodist Church, he married Donna Jean Stewart. Fred farmed for the rest of his life giving his helpful advice to his son until the end. He was a member of the Eldridge Volunteer Fire Department for over 25 years, turned every occasion into a party, was known for his beautiful yard and flowers and enjoyed boating and wintering in Florida. His family will lovingly remember his moto, “If we all work together it will only take an hour.”
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Donna; children, Connie (Mark) Heflin of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Brian (Heather) Wessel of Long Grove, Iowa; his four grandchildren Jack Heflin, Nate Heflin, Olivia Wessel and Cole Wessel. Fred is also survived by his sister Edith Hiler, Rock Island, IL, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceeded in death by his parents, brother, Earl Wessel, sister-in-law, Donna Wessel, and brother-in-law, Doug Hiler.
Condolences to www.weertsfh.com
The City of Eldridge Volunteer Fire Department,
P.O. Box 37, Eldridge, Iowa 52748
- Celebration of Life Sunday, October 6, 2019
Jack & Jean Schinckel
October 4, 2019
Our sincere sympathy for your loss. May God bless you and your family. Georgine & Jack Schinckel
Mike & Dee Adams
October 3, 2019
Dear Donna & family,
Our sincere sympathy for your loss. We have so many wonderful memories over the years & because of Fred we are together today! May God bless you & your family with strength & comfort in the days ahead.
Mike & Dee
October 3, 2019
Fred was a great man, a great neighbor and he had a gift, a very special gift, his green thumb. Fred graced our world with the nicest and prettiest flowers, he was even successful with orchids. Not only did he help feed the world, he also made it a more beautiful place to live in. We will miss you Fred.
October 2, 2019
Very sorry to read of Fred’s passing . I enjoyed visiting with him at River Gulf Grain. Also got to visit with him at Princeton days a couple of years ago. A fine man, I feel fortunate to have know him. My deepest condolences
October 2, 2019
Donna, Bernie, Connie and family... Please know we are holding you all in our thoughts and prayers. Fred will always hold a special place in our hearts. WE WILL MISS HIM DEEPLY.
Bob and Margo