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James W. Hassing, 81

May 8, 2016

James Hassing

Wells James W. Hassing, age 81, of Wells, died Friday, April 29, 2016 at Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea. Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, May 7, 2016 at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Wells, the Fr. Andrew Vogel officiated. Military Honors was accorded by the Wells Color Guard. Interment was at Rosehill Cemetery in Wells.

Jim was born Aug. 29, 1934 in Wells, the son of Rudolph and Ruth (Drake) Hassing. He was a lifelong member of Wells, and grew up working with his family in the tiling business. Jim graduated from Wells High School in 1952 and later from the University of Minnesota. He proudly served in the Army Reserves. Jim was united in marriage Dec. 27, 1961 to Marie Rykhus in St. Peter. Jim spent his life raising Angus cattle and farming. For many years he was a sales representative for Pioneer Seed. Jim was an active member of the American Angus Association, Minnesota State Angus Association, Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association, and MN Beef Cattle Improvement Association. He was also a member of St. Casimir Catholic Church and the Wells American Legion. Jim served on the local school board, Faribault County Extension Committee, Faribault County ASCS, Faribault County Planning and Zoning and Variance, Faribault-Martin County Human Services, Dunbar Township Board, and the Wells Ambulance Board.

Jim is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marie; children, Pete (Teresa) Hassing, of Wells, Daniel (William) Hassing, of Spring, Texas, daughter, Carol (Kevin) Schulz, of Winnebago, Jon (Denise) Hassing, of Wells; seven grandchildren, Kristi (Eric) Van Otterloo, Haley Schulz, Heidi and David Hassing, Amber, Ashley and Evelyn Hassing; three sisters, Connie (Hilary) Rinehart, of Mankato, Jean Fleischmann, of Tampa, Florida, Janet (Norbert) Yokiel, of Minnesota Lake; brothers-in-law, Richard Gander, of Lakewood, Colorado, Thomas (Betty) Rykhus, of North Mankato, Richard (Gloria) Rykhus, of Mankato; sister-in-law Muriel Henderson, of Mankato; numerous nephews and nieces and their families.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jacqueline Gander; and two brothers-in-law.

Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home is assisting the family. To leave online condolences, please visit www.brussheitner.com. Memorials are preferred to the donor’s choice.