Gordon was born at Detmold, Missouri, on a farm near New Haven on April 1, 1928, a son of the late Louis & Ida (Gerlemann)Wesselschmidt.
He was the husband of Mary Ann (Hoemann) Wesselschmidt. They were united in marriage on September 24, 1950, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, New Haven, MO. They lived and farmed for two years on the Wesselschmidt home place before he was drafted into the Korean War in 1952. He served in the US Army until 1954 when he was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal. After he came home from the service he and Mary Ann made their home in St. Louis.
Gordon worked as an insurance salesman for Monumental Life Insurance Company for 30 years. After retiring he went to work for his daughter, Niesha & son-in-law Bob at Woodson Hills Food Shoppe for 20 years. Gordon was a member of the Hope Lutheran Church, in St. Ann, Missouri, where he was very active in the church. He taught Sunday school, and held various different offices throughout his life.
Gordon is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mary Ann, who survives at the home; by their two daughters, Niesha Dowling, of St. Louis, Missouri; and Diane Kline & husband Jeff, of New Melle, Missouri; by three grandchildren, Brian, Emily, & Rebecca Dowling, and by three great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, by two sons who died at birth, Paul & Brian, by his brothers, Ralph, Vernon, Oliver, Gilbert, & Milfred Wesselschmidt, and a sister, Dorothy Allemann.
Visitation will be held Monday, December 30th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 10701 St. Cosmas Lane, St. Ann, MO and also Tuesday, December 31st from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, New Haven, Missouri.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 31st at 11:00 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, New Haven, with Pastor Timothy Ostermeyer officiating.
Burial will be at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Hope Lutheran Church or Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery. C/O Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home.
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