Douglas Wessels

douglas wessels

Douglas (Doug) K. Wessels, 57, Dilworth, MN passed away on Saturday, November 22, 2014 surrounded by family at Sandford Hospital, Fargo, ND.  Doug fought a good fight since his diagnosis of cancer in late July of this year.

Doug was born in Breckenridge, Minnesota  on September 15, 1957 to Herb Wessels and Delores Wessels.  He attended and graduated from Breckenridge High School in Breckenridge, MN. 

On July 1, 1983 Doug married Mary J. Shasky in Austin, TX.   Doug and Mary made their home in Austin, TX until 1994, when they moved to Dilworth, MN. 

Doug worked in Austin, TX as a sheet rocker for Bar-Mac, Inc.  and then drove truck for a fertilizer company that fertilized golf courses.   Upon returning to Minnesota, he worked for Asplin Excavating, Inc.   and Cass County Highway Department,  before purchasing his own truck and trailer and forming his own company called, DKW Trucking. 

Doug’s favorite pastimes were fishing, playing cards, and riding his Harley, along with spending lots of time with his extended family.   Each week, when in town, he could be found over at JC’s in Dilworth, playing Texas Holdem with his poker buddies.  He loved time around the campfire at the lake and often was the chief fire builder.  His favorite super hero was Batman, and he owned much memorabilia to signify that.  

Doug is survived by his wife, Mary; son Karl H. Wessels, stepdaughter Jessica A. Valeske (Erik Cannard); parents Herb Wessels and Delores Wessels; brothers Steve (Michele); Darrel (Donna Alyea); David (Cindy); Joel (Sharon); brothers-in-law, David (Debra) Shasky; Vern (Mary) Shasky; Keith (Linda) Shasky;  and three nieces, seven nephews and their families.  He was preceded in death by his brother Ron and sister-in-law, Diane. 

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  1. Wolverton MN
    My sympathy to all the family. I worked with Doug’s mother, Delores at the courthouse in Breckenridge for a number of years. Please extent my sympathy to her also. I do not have an address for her but would like send her a card. if you are willing, please email her address.
    Thank you.

  2. Glendive MtSo sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you. My folks were friends with Doug’s parents when we lived in Breckenridge.

  3. Mary and Karl and family

    I am at a loss after I read about Doug’s passing. It doesn’t seem possible. Years ago we were the foosball champions every night at the Blazer. Seems like yesterday. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Doug was a good friend and will be missed.

  4. siouxcity iowa I will you miss doug we had happy time at the lake house in DL me and you were the last ones to bed you put a happy 🙂 on me when you took Friday off and came to the lake to see me and to be with you rain or sunny out you were here with me at the lake house love you and miss you I think about him all the time

  5. Sunman INWe miss you more than words can say. We know that you are safe in the Lord’s House with your own room in his mansion. Ride that Heavenly Harley! We love you bro!!

  6. Arlington TXMary and Karl,

    our hearts are breaking for you and we love you. We will miss Doug and know that he is celebrating with other loved ones and watching over you!

    much love…..

  7. Fargo ND
    Very sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. I haven’t seen him for many years, but I have fond memories of our friendship back in our teens and early 20’s. Rest in Peace Doug.

  8. Ashland VADiane and I are saddened by the passing of Doug. Doug and his brothers lived across the street from our family in Breckenridge. I have fond memories of playing baseball with Doug and his brothers on our vacant corner lot. Doug’s house was straight away in center field. If we hit his house on the fly, it was a home run. We played many, many baseball games and other kid games while growing up by the river. Our house was demolished to build a flood wall and Doug’s house was demolished to build an apartment building. However, I will always have memories of Doug and his brothers to cherish. Please keep your memories of Doug alive as I will. Our condolences to Mary and her extended family.
    Chuck Shasky and Diane Shasky

  9. Phoenix AZ
    Our deepest condolences to Mary, family and friends. We will miss Douglas. Douglas was a childhood hood friend whom lived across the street from me in Breckenridge, MN
    . I recall many summer afternoons of play and fun with Doug, playing four-square, bicycle riding, marbles, and exploring the neighborhood. I think that he lived life fully with no regrets, just like he lived each day as a child, one day at a time.

  10. Little Falls MN
    I am so deeply saddened by the news of Doug’s passing. It happened so quickly from the day Mary spoke to me regarding Doug’s diagnosis, until this day. My condolences to his family, and his beautiful wife Mary. May Doug rest in peace.

  11. NEW BRAUNFELS TXDearest Mary, Karl and extended family-

    Dave and I are so grateful we got to be with Doug and you Mary this January. Dave keeps saying how grateful he was to see him again after so many years. I know your hearts are broken, ours are too. WE LOVE YOU DOUG!!

    Praying for you,

    Dave and Gaye Bakken

  12. Sioux City IAI am so sorry for your lose. I know Adam was very close to Doug. He always talks about him. So sorry.
    Randy and Josh.

  13. Bismarck ndTo the Wessel’s family,

    We would like to send our deepest sympathy to all of you during this difficult time. May you find peace and strength to carry you through the hard times.

    Dennis & Dana Hermanson (Shelby’s Mom and Dad)

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