|Birth: ||Apr. 21, 1931|
|Death: ||Sep. 20, 2008|
James (Jim) Wessman, Sr. passed away peacefully on his 23rd anniversary of retirement Saturday, September 20, 2008. Jim was born on April 21, 1931 in Ogden, UT. Jim was a self-made man, a man for all seasons, devoted husband, dedicated father, and best Poppa anyone could ask for. Jim and the love of his life, Jean, arrived in Sparks, NV in the summer of 1950 where Jim began working for the railroad. They built a wonderful life together and raised three children: Jim, Janica, and Jerry.
They moved to Yerington, NV, where Jim worked for the Anaconda Mine for a few years. The family then returned to Sparks, where Jim worked for a number of years for Armco. Jim bought into the service station business in 1963. He owned a number of 76 Union Stations, but was best known for the family owned business of Union 76 on Pyramid Way which he operated for over 20 years. He was an avid outdoorsman, hiking, biking, water/snow skiing, traveling (camping), sail boating, windsurfing which he did well into his 70's. He and his son, Jim, Jr. placed first in the Reno Journal Jog, and he also placed in the Nastar Triple Crown horse racing with son, Jerry. He taught scuba diving at the Reno YMCA, and played for the Reno Silver Socks.
He is survived by his wife, Jean, of 58 years; sons, Jim Wessman (Cyndee) and Jerry Wessman (Cyndra); daughter, Janica Wessman- Zell (Mike). Poppa is also survived by his six loving grandchildren, Amy Lane (Andy), Joshua Wessman, Gavin Parola, Angie Hiatt (Adam), Travis Wessman, and Jenea Wessman. Great Poppa leaves behind five great-grandchildren, Peyton and Nolen Lane (Amy), Alexis and A.J. Hiatt (Angie), and Troy Wessman (Travis). Jim is preceded in death by their son, Jeffrey.
Jim and Jean provided a role model for their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. They modeled what it takes to keep together a loving family and knew all the secrets to a successful marriage. One of Jim's favorite sayings was "Save a dollar every day, and before you know it you will be rich because time goes by so fast." Jim was a rich man in every sense of the word and enjoyed every day to its fullest!
A graveside service is scheduled for Friday, September 26, 11 a.m. at Mountain View Cemetery, and a celebration of Jim's life will follow at the home of his daughter, Janica Wessman-Zell.
Henry Hayward Wessman (1911 - 1972)
Barbara Fowlie Wessman (1913 - 1983)
Lois Jean Saunders Wessman (1933 - 2009)*
Jeffery Scott Wessman (1958 - 1958)*
James Wessman (1931 - 2008)
Carol Sue Wessman (1936 - 2011)*
Peter Fowlie Wessman (1943 - 1982)*
Mountain View Cemetery
Created by: Barbara Stanley
Record added: Sep 24, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30033126