Daryl Jerome Wessman, age 85, of Dassel, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2008, at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
He was born March 26, 1923, the son of Arthur and Esther (Lindberg) Wessman, on the family farm in Collinwood Township, Meeker County.
Daryl grew up on the family farm, helping with the farm chores. He graduated from the Dassel High School in 1941.
He was united in marriage to Lillian Johnson Sept. 12, 1947, at the Dassel Covenant Church. They made their home on the Wessman family farm for the past 61 years.
Daryl continued to farm the family land until his retirement. After retirement, he worked for Minnesota Poultry for 17 years, driving truck delivering chickens throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
Daryl enjoyed working with wood, and wrote wonderful poetry for many family and friends. He loved to spend time with family in conversation over a cup of coffee.
Always involved with his church, Daryl taught Sunday school for three generations of two families. He was Mr. Shamineau, promoting the camping program for the youth.
Daryl and Lillian enjoyed traveling and camping, and especially enjoyed the times that they traveled to the West Coast.
Daryl is survived by his wife, Lillian of Dassel; children, David (Machelle) Wessman of Dassel, Jan (and fiancé Paul Mielke) Dixon of Delano, and Jon and (Carol) Wessman of Savage; six grandchildren, Sadie Wessman, Jerome Dixon, Meighan Dixon, Adam Dixon, Katie Wessman, and Kyle Wessman; a brother, Quentin (Dorothy) Wessman of Hopkins; two sisters, Muriel (Cal) Hanson of Bellingham, WA, and LaVone Lyons of Eden Prairie; two sisters-in-law, Vernice Wessman of Mankato, and Audrey Wessman of Brainerd; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Zachariah Wessman; three brothers, Leland, Wendell, and Elwood; and an infant sister.
The funeral service was Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Lamson Evangelical Free Church in Dassel with the Revs. Mike Newsom and Ralph Erickson officiating. Interment was at the Cokato City Cemetery.
Visitation was Monday, Dec. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lamson Evangelical Free Church in Dassel, and continued Tuesday for one hour prior to the service at the church.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.