Dr. Wayne Wessel
Dr. Wayne Wessel, DDS, 80, of Wayne, died Sunday, June 25, 2017 in Lincoln.
Services will be held Friday, June 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne with family present. Burial with military rites will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne.
Memorials can be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, New York, N.Y.
Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.
Dr. Wayne E. Wessel was born Sept. 26, 1936 in Nehawka to George and Edith (Seacat) Wessel. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Dentistry with a D.D.S. degree in 1961. Wayne married Annamae Emshoff on June 2, 1958. He served in the Army Dental Corps in Vietnam. In 1963 Wayne and Annamae moved to Wayne where he joined Dr. Gordon Shupe in dental practice. It was through his dental career that Wayne made a significant impact to the improvement of dental health through education and by providing amazing care and practicing preventative dentistry. He was a member of countless dental health committees, was Chairman of the successful water fluoridation campaign in Wayne, leading to improved dental health in the community, served as President of the Nebraska Dental Association and was inducted into both the Nebraska Dental Association Hall of Fame and the International Hall of Fame of Dentists. Wayne retired from dentistry in 2005 after 40+ years of private practice. His 1961 UNL dental class remained lifelong friends for now 55+ years. Wayne so valued the lasting and meaningful relationships he developed with his patients throughout northeast Nebraska.
Wayne embraced his love for his hometown by serving on several local board of directors. In 1974 he served as the President of the Wayne Chamber of Commerce. Wayne was awarded the Citizen of the Year by the Wayne Chamber of Commerce in 1990. He was an active member of Our Savior Lutheran Church. Wayne was a true outdoorsman and loved fishing and hunting with his son, grandchildren and friends. He played on the rec basketball league, rode on two Bike Rides Across Nebraska (BRAN), enjoyed playing golf and watching the Huskers. He was passionate about fitness which contributed to his strength and ability to battle and persevere against Parkinson’s. The most blessed of those that knew Wayne were his four children. They received never ending love, support, encouragement and the best childhood anyone could ask for. His kids remember him as a loving, caring, interested, gentle, patient, logical and funny dad who encouraged them every step of the way.
Survivors include his children; Scott (Cassidy) Wessel of Bloomfield, Brenda Duffack (Domenic Ruffa) of Boca Raton Fla., Jennifer (Jon) Stoltenberg of Lincoln and Julie (Mike) Richards of Phoenix, Ariz..; eight grandchildren; Autumn Wessel, Jase Gerdes, Luke Duffack, Max, Maggie and George Stoltenberg, Ella and Hank Richards; nieces, nephews, dental classmates and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Annamae in 2009; sisters, Ruth Stubbendick and Doris Kepler and brother; George Wessel.