Woodrow Rossell, 95 - January 30, 2014Woodrow A. “Woody” Rossell, 95, of Kenesaw died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings.
Memorial services took place on Monday, Feb. 3, at St. Paul Lutheran Church with the Rev. Donald Becker officiating. Burial was at the Eaton Cemetery at Heartwell with Military Rites provided by the Minden American Legion and the Heartwell VFW.
Rossell was born April 10, 1918, at Cadillac, MI, to Theodore and Eva (McLutes) Rossell. He grew up in Mesick, MI, and graduated from high school in Mesick.
On Dec. 31, 1940, he married Veral Hatch. To this union, two children were born.
He served with the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theatre and was part of the occupation of Japan.
After serving in the military, he and his family lived in Michigan and then moved to Hastings in 1951. He worked as a mechanic and car salesman, later working in the clothing department at J.M McDonald’s.
Rossell’s wife preceded him in death in 1995, after 55 years of marriage.
He married Micky Woverton in 1998 on his 80th birthday, who then passed away in 2011.
Rossell was a member of the Heartwell VFW and the Hopping Sam’s Camper Club.
He and his wife enjoyed the winters in Arizona for many years, family members said. He also enjoyed big band music and learned to play the trumpet in high school. He played his trumpet in the Army band and played under John Philip Sousa at the Interlochen Music Camp in Interlochen, MI.
?Rossell enjoyed fishing his entire life, and especially loved taking his kids and grandchildren along, according to family members. He never knew a stranger and loved every moment he spent with friends, especially Buzz and Marg Hiatt and Doura Herman.
He was preceded in death by: his wives, Veral and Micky; his son, Gordon; five brothers.
Survivors include: his daughter, Sandy (Eddie) Kuehn of Heartwell; daughter in-law, Sue Rossell of Gothenburg; seven grandchildren—Marcia (Nate) Fox, Tracey Larson, Sara (Mike) Larsen, Rebecca (Kevin) Cacek, Shawn (Becky) Rossell, Randy Rossell and Corey (Amanda) Rossell; 13 great-grandchildren.
A memorial has been established to be donated for purchasing items for a local Hospice program.