October 16, 1919 – September 11, 2012
Wilbur Clark Fessler, age 92, a former resident of Boone, Iowa, entered into rest on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at the Apostolic Christian Skylines in Peoria, Illinois.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church located at 703 Arden Street in Boone. Rev. Phil Webb will officiate the service.
Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday, September 15, with the family present to greet friends from 9:00 A.M. to the time of service at 10:30 A.M.
Burial will be in the Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry, Iowa. Full military honors will be conducted at the graveside by the VFW Post 2060 of Perry and the United States Marines Corps.
Wilbur Clark Fessler was born October 16, 1919, in Perry, Iowa. He was the fourth child of Guy David and Clarice Elnore (Martin) Fessler. He and his siblings all worked in their family business, selling produce, chickens and eggs. He graduated from Perry High School in 1938.
On February 11, 1942, Wilbur enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. He was stationed in the South Pacific theater of war and was based at New Guinea, New Caledonia and at Guadalcanal. He was honorably separated from the USMC on November 29, 1945, having attained the rank of Master Technical Sergeant.
On June 12, 1946, Wilbur married Ruth Carol Conover at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. The couple first lived in Des Moines where he worked with his brother Harold in the carbonic gas business. Later, they moved to Boone, Iowa, where they began farming. Wilbur’s wife, Ruth became ill in August of 2009 and needed professional medical care. She moved to a facility in Peoria, Illinois, to be near her daughter, Carol. Soon Wilbur also moved from their long-time home in Boone, Iowa, to be with his wife. He remained there at the same facility until his death.
Wilbur is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ruth, his sister Blanche and his brothers Donald and Earl. He is survived by his daughter, Carol Reid of Peoria, Illinois; his son Steve Fessler (Carole) of Atlanta, Georgia; and his four grandchildren, Greta Majeske of Metamora, Illinois; Laura Majeske of Carpentersville, Illinois; Brian Fessler of Atlanta, Georgia and Michael Fessler of Atlanta, Georgia.
He spent many long hours farming and in general construction to be a good provider for his family. Wilbur retired at age 65 to further pursue something that was a life-long passion. Even while he was still working he could be found casting a line for his most sought after fishing prize—walleye. Once retired, he fished even more often on the banks of the Des Moines River or at Saylorville Reservoir. He also loved to go to southern Iowa with his brother Harold to hunt for wild turkeys and they graced many a Thanksgiving table.
Wilbur and Ruth enjoyed many friendships in Boone where couples would get together to play cards, enjoy good food and of course, desserts!
He was very proud of his children and grandchildren. He would strike up a conversation with anyone nearby and tell them all about the accomplishments and activities of his family. Wilbur made many friends at Apostolic Christian Skylines, where he lived the last two years and received wonderful, loving care. His family rejoices in knowing he came to faith in Christ and is Home at last with his Savior.
In memory of Wilbur Fessler, a memorial will be established for the Apostolic Christian Skylines, 7023 N.E. Skyline Drive, Peoria, Illinois 61614.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.walter-schroederfunearlhome.com
Walter ~ Schroeder Funeral Home located at Fifth & Story Streets in Boone is handling the arrangements.Information provided by: Walter-Schroeder Funeral Home 503 Story Street Boone, Iowa 50036 515.432.1922 www.walter-schroederfuneralhome.com