Warren K. Wessels, 89, of Champaign, passed away at 4 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at the Windsor of Savoy Senior Living Center beside loved ones.
Memorial services celebrating Warren's wonderful and fulfilling life was Monday at First Presbyterian Church, 302 W. Church St., Champaign.
A calling was held Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy.
He was born Jan. 26, 1929, in Fairbury, to John Wessels and Ethel Brady. He married Lois Wessels on Dec. 26, 1952, in Fairbury.
Survivors include his sister, Joyce Mildred of Bloomington; three children, Kathryn Dell'Erario of Weston, Mass., Karen Wessels of Chicago, Kyle Wessels of Green Garden; six grandchildren, Brian, Joseph and Thomas Dell'Erario, Ashley and Emma Wessels, and Elyse Pociecha.
He served as a professor and later a Dean for the College of Agriculture at the University of Illinois. Warm-hearted and easy to talk to, many students to this day still remember Warren as a mentor.
His commitment to the University didn't just stop at the academics. A fierce and dedicated fan with 50 years worth of season tickets, Warren could often be seen at the Assembly Hall cheering on Fighting Illini basketball or at Memorial Stadium rooting for the football team.
Throughout his life, service and selflessness was integral to Warren's character. He worked as a volunteer at the Carle Hospital, logging thousands of hours and quickly becoming part of an elite crew known as the “A-Team.”
He created Alzheimer's support groups to help others after his wife, Lois, was diagnosed. Finally, he worked with the Champaign Library to deliver books to seniors who weren't capable of going themselves.
His love for helping others and serving his community was only topped by his commitment to his family and friends. Warren had an uncanny ability to light up a room with his positive energy and never failed to make anyone in his presence feel comfortable around him.
Warren served in the U.S. Army.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Memorials may be given to the Warren K. Wessels Achievement Fund.
Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.morganmemorialhome.com.