Virgil J. Messmer, 89, Jasper

virgil-messmerVirgil J. Messmer, 89, of Jasper, died Thursday (December 1) at Cathederal Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Huntingburg November 4, 1927, to Frank and Rose (Bische) Messmer. He married Clara Mae Schnell, his wife of 58 years, on September 6, 1958, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville.

Virgil was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the Korean Conflict. He retired from Jasper Desk after 20 years of service. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper and its Holy Name Society, VFW Post No. 673, and the NRA. He enjoyed gardening and hunting.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Clara Mae Messmer, Jasper; two daughters, Joan Messmer and companion Brian Clevenger, Spencer, and Dorothy (Dee) Mendel and fiancé Stuart Campbell, Jacksonville, Florida; three sons, Joe Messmer, Tampa, Florida, Frank Messmer and partner Nate Simons, Grove City, Ohio, and Tony Messmer, Schnellville; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four sisters, Marcella Oeding and Ann Hoffman, both of Huntingburg, Norma Steffen, Jasper, and Bernadine Mohler and husband Johnny, Greencastle; and three brothers, Orville Messmer, Huntingburg, Hubert Messmer, Ferdinand, and Donald Messmer, Velpen.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, David Messmer, one sister, Viola Schafer, and one brother, Richard Messmer.

Friends may call from 1-7 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church, the Monastery of Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, or to a favorite charity. Condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Church with entombment following in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military gravesite rites.

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