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Lowell Wessell

Lowell Alfred Wessel, age 77, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Huron, died Friday, February 9, 2007, in Sioux Falls from kidney cancer. His funeral service was at 2 PM Saturday, February 17th at the Riverview United Methodist Church in Huron with Rev. Iva Laudermith officiating. Burial was in the Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery with military rites by the Huron Veterans Council. Pallbearers were his grandsons, Aaron McCrary, Nathan McCrary, and Brandon Kleiman, and nephews, Lonny Wessel, Michael Beck, and Bret Beck.

Lowell Wessel was born July 14, 1929, in Huron to Alfred and Katherine (Barnes) Wessel. He grew up on a farm south of Huron and graduated from Huron High School with the class of 1947.

Lowell married his high school sweetheart, Delores Beck, in 1949. He was a staff sergeant in the United States Air Force from 1950-1953, serving as the head chef for the flight service line and his squadron at the Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana.

In Huron he worked as a chef at the Marvin Hughitt, The Plains, The Inn and at the Huron Country Club. He was employed at Terrace Park Dairy as a salesman and later owned and operated the Fairmont Dairy residential delivery business. During this time, he and Delores acquired numerous residential rental properties in Huron. They moved to Sioux Falls in 1973, where he continued to acquire and manage rental properties.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dale and Robert Wessel.

Lowell is survived by Delores, his wife of 57 years; two daughters, Eloyce (Michael) Keating, of Sioux City, Iowa, and Deborah (Dean) McCrary, of Richardson, Texas; five grandchildren, Megan (Brandon) Kleiman, Aaron McCrary, and Nathan McCrary, all of Texas, and Katelyn Keating and Carrie Keating of Sioux City, Iowa; one great-granddaughter, Kali Kleiman of Texas; one brother, Irving (Arlene) Wessel, of Huron; his step-mother, Fern Wessel of Armour; two step-brothers, Stewart (Blanche) Fleming, of Armour, and Harvey (Roberta) Fleming, of Waterloo, Iowa; two brothers-in-law, Gerald Beck and Ron (Judy) Beck, all of Huron; and many nieces and nephews.