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Born Nov. 1, 1944, at Margaret Mary Community Hospital, Batesville, he was the son of Alvin H. and Edna Margaret Mary (Krieger) Wessel.
In 1962, Harold graduated from New Point High School. He graduated with his bachelor's degree from Purdue University in 1966 and earned his master's degree in math from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in 1968. He held a lifetime membership in the Purdue Alumni Association.
On Dec. 8, 1973, in Vincennes, Harold married Kay Ault, the love of his life, and she survives. They celebrated 42 years together.
Harold taught math at Belzer Junior High School, Lawrence Township, Indianapolis, for seven years and at Greensburg Junior High School, Greensburg, for two years. Following his teaching career, he was employed in corporate accounting at local manufacturing companies, the longest of which was 19 years at Randall Textron. Harold retired in January 2009, having worked over a total of 40 years combined in the teaching and corporate accounting fields.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son and three daughters: Allen (Stacy) Wessel, New Holland, Pennsylvania, Andrea (Vi-En) Choong, Carlsbad, California, Sara Hengel, Carmel, and Tonya Wessel, Manhattan, Kansas; five grandchildren: AJ and Adelaide Wessel and Cameron, Kailee and Tristan Choong; and one nephew: Chuck (Karista) Sheppard.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Bill Sheppard.
Harold was a member of First Christian Church, Greensburg, where he served as a deacon and elder at various times. As a youth, he was confirmed in St. John's United Church of Christ, Huntersville. Upon becoming a member of First Christian Church, he was baptized. His love for Jesus Christ and servant's heart were reflected in his daily life. Harold was a great loving husband, dad and grandpa. He enjoyed the time he had with his family. He always looked forward to their visits and traveling to visit them. Through the years, he was the family enthusiast for making omelets, French toast and grilling out. He loved the change of seasons for Indiana weather, but also, being an avid sports fan, for the variety of sports that came with each season.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, May 13, at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home, Greensburg. Visitation will also be held from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at First Christian Church followed by a celebration of life service at 11 a.m. with Pastor Danny Wolford officiating. Interment will follow at Rossburg Cemetery, New Point. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made either to First Christian Church, the National Scoliosis Foundation or Alzheimer's Foundation of America. Online condolences can be made at www.popfuneralhome.com.
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