Donald Louis Theodore Wesselschmidt was born April 4, 1936 in New Haven, Missouri to Ralph and Esther Wesselschmidt.
Don was an exceptional husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather that loved life. For him loving life included fishing, Boy Scouts, camping, volunteering, friends and family. The more of these that he could combine, the better. Spending ten days in the summer at H. Roe Bartle Boy Scout Camp with his three sons and his fellow leaders was loving life. Teaching his five grandkids how to fish off his boat and camping at Truman Lake was loving life. Loving life was preparing Easter breakfast, serving the homeless Sunday meals and volunteering at St. Matthew Lutheran Church vacation bible school. Loving life was numerous trips with his family to places like Truman Lake, Sedona, AZ and Colorado.
Don had all the virtues of the Boy Scout law. He demonstrated daily the virtues of kindness, patience and helpfulness to all. Don was employed at Bendix Corporation, Stanley Tools, and Mr. LongArm where he was known as a loyal, trustworthy and cheerful employee. After a successful career, he was an awarded volunteer at Lee’s Summit Medical Center.
Don was preceded in death by his sister Rose Marie Snyder and his parents.
He is survived by wife Anna Mae Wesselschmidt, sister Vera Julius, sister Lauretta Murphy, brother Dennis Wesselschmidt; Sons Keith, Doug and Gary Wesselschmidt; Daughter-in-laws Katie, Michelle, and Gail Wesselschmidt; Grandsons Ben, Sam, and Gabe Wesselschmidt; Granddaughters Bailee Spellman and Marlee Wesselschmidt: and four great grandchildren; Elijah, Ari, and Naomi (children of Ben and Ashleigh) and Marcella (daughter of Bailee and Jordan Spellman).
In lieu of Flowers, the family has asked for memorial contributions to be given to the Lee’s Summit St. Matthews Lutheran Church or the Boy Scouts of America Heart of America Council.