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Obituary: Charles M. Wessels

Charles M. Wessels

June 22, 1961 - September 03, 2017

     Charles Matthew Wessels, age 56, of Rutherfordton, NC, died suddenly after a brief illness on Sunday, September 3, 2017, at Rutherford Regional Medical Center.

    Charlie was born on June 22, 1961 to Dale and Barbara (Waterman) Wessels in Clinton Iowa. He grew up in Fulton Illinois and was educated in the Fulton Christian and public School systems. He graduated from Trinity Christian College in Chicago IL with a Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. While at Trinity he was co-captain of the soccer team and the recipient of the Keith Albers Memorial Award for athletics, high academic achievement and outstanding leadership. On May 23, 1983 he married Martha Madney and they had 2 children, Ryan and Elizabeth (Libby). They later divorced. On July 1, 1995 he married Juanita Burrow in South Bend, IN. Nita brought 3 children to the family Jenee, James and Ray, whom Charlie loved as his own. At the time of his death Charlie was employed by CP Recycling as VP of sales where his passion and drive were examples to everyone at CP as well as his family.

     Charlie was loved by many and he will be missed. He was notable for his quick wit (smart ass). He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, vacationing in the tropics, fishing with the grandkids (even though he was not a fan of the water) and spending time with his family.

     Charlie is survived by his wife, - Juanita “Nita” Wessels; his mother, Barbara Wessels of Morrison IL; two daughters, Elizabeth (Adam) Milligan of Allendale MI, and Jenee (Vinson) Iden of Rock Hill SC; three sons, Ryan (Angela) Wessels  of Oostburg WI, James (Erin) Lacey of Lancaster SC, Ray (Megan) Lacey of Noblesville, IN; one sister, Jill (Jim) Balk of Garrison IA; nine grandchildren.

     Charlie was preceded in death by his father, Dale, and one sister, Julie Dopson.

Funeral Information


Charlie's Funeral Service will be 1:00 PM, Saturday, September 9, 2017 at McMahan's Funeral Home Chapel in Rutherfordton. . 

 A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held in Charlie's hometown on Saturday, September 23rd at 11:00 am at Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Fulton IL


Donations Information

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the charity of your choice.