Philip L. Wessels


Philip L. Wessels, age 88, passed away on Thursday July 30, 2020 in his home with his family by his side. Philip was born on Dec.23, 1931 in Ridott, the son of George and Arvilla (Sluiter) Wessels. 

Philip was a “jack-of-all-trades” and “master of many” … a tool and die maker, metal and welding instructor, amazing woodworker and refinisher, landscaper, and a do-it-yourselfer on everything.

One of his biggest attributes was passing on to his boys the value of a “job well done” through hard work and dedication.

His vocation was in education, teaching industrial trades at the high school, vocational, and junior college levels. Before retirement he served as Ogle County Asst. Superintendent of Schools.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, serving as Sunday School Superintendent and on Church Council.

He is succeeded in death by his parents, three brothers, two sisters, and two sons (Thaddeus and James). 

He is survived by wife Salley; son Seth; sisters Arlene, Charlotte, and Dorothy; four grandchildren Stephanie (Cameron) Craddick and Brett Wessels, and Lauren and Lexie Wessels; and one great grandson Anderson Craddick.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020 at 11 a.m. in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery. A drive through visitation was held on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020 from 10 a.m. until service time in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL.