Henry B. Wessel III, MD

January 31, 1944 ‒ February 24, 2019

Sunbury, Ohio
Formerly of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Henry B. Wessel, MD, age 75, died peacefully on Sunday, February 24, 2019.  Born in Wheeling, WV on January 31, 1944. His family moved to Puerto Rico in 1957, where he later met the love of his life Jacqui on a blind date in San Juan, PR. He graduated from Kenyon College in 1965, and from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1969.  Hank served his residency in Pediatrics and had additional training in Neurology at UPMC. He was board certified in Pediatrics, Neurology, and Electromyography. After serving as a Major in the United States Air Force from 1972-1974 as the base pediatrician at Lockbourne AFB, he spent his entire career on the faculty of UPMC at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He also served as the Director of the Muscular Dystrophy Assoc. Western PA. Hank was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church, and was active in the KAIROS prison ministry during his final years. He was an enthusiastic John Deere collector and enjoyed country music, especially Terri Clark. He loved interacting with children throughout his career and was grateful for the opportunity in retirement to sponsor several hundred orphans in Kenya through the ZOE ministry. He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Jacqueline, of Sunbury, OH; daughter Laura (John) Cornely of Lewis Center, OH; granddaughters Caroline, Charlotte, and Cate Cornely; and brother Richard (Sandy) Wessel of Atlanta, GA.  Celebration of Life Service, 10 am Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Sunbury United Methodist Church, 100 W. Cherry Street, (at SR 3), Sunbury, where the family will be receiving visitors from 9 am until the time of service.  Pastor Michael Mack officiating.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to any of the following: Sunbury UMC, wearezoe.org, or the Alzheimer’s Association in Hank’s memory. The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Hank’s family. Special memories and condolences may be shared at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • I am so sorry to hear of Hank passing away. I certainly appreciated and enjoyed getting to know Hank through the 2 Cylinder Club and through Brandon Cooper’s family. Hank was a great man and a great friend. We shared several great conversations. He will be truly missed by many. Please rest assured, that Hank is now in a much better place and is in the hands of our Lord.

    Jay Graham

  • I’m so sorry to hear about this. Prayers to the entire family for comfort and strength. Hank was a vital part of vacation bible school when I first started attending SUMC many years ago. I loved his passion for the kiddos and his willingness to meet them at their level. Those memories will be forever in our hearts and in those little lives he was a part of. God bless!

  • Our deepest sympathy to Hank’s family. He will be missed by many. John enjoyed getting to know Hank through the Kairos mission. Prayers for peace and comfort for each of you.
    Alice and John Nicks

  • I had the privilege and pleasure to work with Henry in MDA Clinic when I was a junior faculty member at Pitt/UPMC. Henry was an “old-school” teacher and clinician, and I have many fond memories of our interactions in discussing and taking care of patients. He was always enthusiastic, friendly, and happy to offer an opinion or a story. My colleagues and many trainees greatly benefited from his teachings, and he took great care of his patients. My deepest sympathies go out to his family.
    David Lacomis, MD

  • My deepest sympathy to the family. I pray for peace and comfort during this difficult time.