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John Joseph Bessler passed away on Friday, June 13, 2014, at the Powell Valley Care Center. He was 79.
He was born on December 24, 1934 in Powell, Wyoming, on the family's Willwood homestead. The son of Felix and Nannie (Barton) Bessler, he was the sixth child born of the nine in their family. He graduated from Powell High School in 1953, and served in the army from 1954-1956.
On August 5, 1955 he married Barbara Hammack. Three children were born to their union: Barbara, Robert, and Christina.
He was a member of the American Legion, and coached the Women's Fast Pitch team for several years. He was also active in City League Baseball and bowling.
John was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Rosemary Bessler, Grace Sommers, and Lucille Heny; his brothers, Raymond Bessler, Felix Bessler, Felix Bessler, Hugo Bessler, and Jim Bessler; his daughter, Christina Olson; and his son-in-law Darryl Olson.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Hammack) Bessler; his brother, Fred (Sandy) Bessler; his children, Beverly (Zach) Deiss, and Robert (Jolanta) Bessler; his grandchildren, Jodi (Mike) Arneson, Kelly (Heather) Deiss, Jessi (Tim) Poley, Beth L. Deiss, Barry (Brandy) Haskins, Brittany (Bryant) Hansen, and Shane Bessler; his great-grandchildren, Nicole Arneson, Cole Arneson, Deacon Poley, Ember Poley, Brandon Haskins, Brody Haskins, and Brienna Haskins; great-great-grandson, Trai Kyler Arneson; sisters-in-law, Ida Bessler, Gerri Bessler, Janice Bessler, and Janet Bessler; brothers-in-law, Richard Heny and Bill Kupfer; and several nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be planned for a later date.
Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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