William F. "Bill" Schlesser, 77, a longtime rural Struble area farmer, died Friday May 28, 2004, at the Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars, following a lengthy illness.
William Francis Schlesser was born March 14, 1927, on the family farm near Struble, the son of Frank and Irene (Schreiner) Schlesser. He grew up in the Struble area and graduated from Alton High School. He served his country with the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed overseas in Germany. Upon returning home from the war, Bill returned to the Struble area and farmed in Sioux and Plymouth Counties for many years.
Bill was a lifetime member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Struble and was also a member of the American Legion, Wasmer Post #241 in Le Mars.
Survivors include a sister, Rosalee Ketcham and her husband, Denis, of Omaha, Neb.; a sister-in-law, Marge Schlesser of Lawton; a niece Kathy (Schlesser) Davies and her husband, Mark, of Lawton; four nephews, Dr. Michael Schlesser of Dallas, Texas, Thomas Schlesser and his wife, Claire, of New York City, Jeff Ketcham and his wife, Marsha, of Omaha, and Dan Ketcham and his wife, Aimee, of Omaha.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Jim Schlesser.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Struble with the Rev. William McCarthy presiding. Burial will be in the parish cemetery, followed by military honors conducted by Wasmer Post #241 of the American Legion.
Friends may call anytime after 3 p.m. today (Tuesday) at the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars. A St. Joseph's Rosary-Altar Society rosary will be held at 4 p.m. and the Scriptural Wake Service at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.