May 27, 2012 - StaffLongtime Powell area resident Raymond John Bessler, 83, died Sunday, May 13, 2012, at the Powell Valley Care Center. He was the father of Mike Bessler, of Shoshoni.
Funeral services were Friday, May 18, at St. Barbara's Catholic Church in Powell. The Rev. Father Glenn Szczechowski officiated. Cremation has taken place.
Raymond John Bessler was born Sept. 20, 1928, in Chicago to Felix and Nannie (Barton) Bessler and moved with his family as a young child to a homestead on the Willwood Division south of Powell. He attended Powell schools and graduated from Powell High School in 1947.
On April 21, 1950, he married Janice Staker at St. Barbara's Catholic Church in Powell. Together they raised two sons and three daughters.
His family said Mr. Bessler was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing in Wyoming. He played, coached and umpired baseball and softball. In 1967, he coached the Powell Babe Ruth League All Stars to a district championship. The family said he took pleasure in attaching nicknames to family members.
He was a member of B.P.O. Elks Lodge, Eagles and the Wyoming Umpires Association.
Survivors include his wife, Janice of Powell; sons Bud Bessler and wife Linda of Worland, and Mike "Mav" Bessler and wife Rindy of Shoshoni; daughters Wanda Jacobs, Sharon Richardson, Jan Bennett and husband Guy, all of Powell; brothers John Bessler and wife Barb of Powell, and Fred Bessler and wife Sandy of Imperial, Neb.; sisters-in-law Ida Bessler and Gerri Bessler, both of Powell, and Janet Bessler of Laramie; brothers-in-law Richard Heny of Powell, Bill Kupfer of Joliet, Ill., and Keith Staker and wife Carolyn of Heyburn, Idaho; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Rosemary, Grace and Lucille; brothers Felix, Hugo and Jim; son-in-law Eric Richardson; grandson Ryan Richardson.
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