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Obituary: Edwin L. Wessel, Trafalgar

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Edwin L. Wessel

Edwin L. Wessel, 84, of Trafalgar, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.

He was born Nov. 27, 1928, in Cincinnati, to Louis and Helen (Coughlin) Wessel, who preceded him in death.

He married Shirley May Bradbury on Jan. 3, 1953; and she survives in Franklin.

He graduated from Western Hills High School in Cincinnati and The Ohio State University, where he was a member of the ROTC.

He was a veteran of the Korean conflict and served from 1953 to 1954 as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.

After returning from Korea, he worked as a cattle buyer for Hy-Grade Cattle Co., pioneering the direct buying of fat cattle from individual farmers. A highlight of his buying career was traveling to farms by helicopter to purchase the cattle.

In 1961, he joined Stadler Packing Co. in Columbus as a cattle buyer, retiring in 1984.

He purchased his farm in Trafalgar in 1967, fulfilling a lifelong dream of living on his own farm. In 1972, he began pursuing another goal of having a herd of “good black cows” by purchasing his first registered Angus cattle and establishing Wessel Angus, which continues today under the direction of his son Richard.

He enjoyed gardening and farming and took great pride providing food for his family and friends. One of his average tomato crops included more than 100 plants.

He was a member of St. George Lutheran Church in Edinburgh. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Cincinnati. He was also a member of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association, the Johnson County Beef Cattle Association, the American Angus Association, the Indiana Angus Association and the Southern Indiana Angus Association.

Also surviving are his children, Barbara (Paul) Logsdon of Lima, Ohio, Elizabeth Anne Wessel of Springboro, Ohio, Richard (Betty) Wessel of Trafalgar and Linda (Christopher) Vensel of Westfield; and six grandchildren, Daniel (Alexis) Logsdon, Sarah Logsdon, Helen Logsdon, Kevin Wessel, Laura Wessel and Alexandra Vensel.

A service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. George Lutheran Church, 10931 S. County Road 600W, Edinburgh. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Flinn & Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 N. Morton St. (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin, and from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church. Burial will be St. George Lutheran Cemetery near Edinburgh, where military honors will be conducted.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Worship for Shut-Ins, 5 Martin Luther Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825.

Online condolences may be made at www.flinnmaguire.net.

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