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Rev. Purlin J. Wesseling of Midland, Michigan, formerly of Evart, Michigan, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, November 10, 2019, at Mid-Michigan Medical Center, after a brief illness. He was born on October 7, 1938 in Overisel Township in Allegan County, Michigan, to George and Hattie (Hulst) Wesseling, and was very proud of his Dutch heritage. Purlin graduated from Allegan High School in 1957 (he loved teasing everyone that he pitched for the Tigers, only disclosing that it was Allegan HS’s mascot after getting a reaction), and Owosso College in 1963, with a ministerial degree.

On March 25, 1972, in Mishawaka, Indiana, Purlin married Nancy Goldbecker, originally of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. He was a caring, patient husband who loved Nancy deeply. Purlin and Nancy have three daughters: Suzanna (Jeff) McGraw of Midland, MI; Sally (Jody) Birch of Blanchard, MI; and Sharon (Geremy) Burns of Jackson, MI. In addition to being survived by his wife and daughters, Purlin is also survived by his grandchildren: Bethanie, Bailee, and Brennan McGraw; Jesee, Jenna, and Justin Birch; Samantha, Gered, and Sarah Burns; great grandson, Theodore Birch; his sister, Carolyn (James) Beyer, sisters-in-law, Joanne Black, Patti (Peter) Koch, Linda (Ron) Rogers; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother & sister-in-law, Gerald & Arlene Wesseling; his nephew, Kevin Beyer; and infant granddaughters, Anna and Emma Birch.

Purlin made many lifelong friends while pastoring Wesleyan churches across Michigan, including Munising, Allegan, Sterling, Ferry, Chevrolet Avenue (Flint), Pisgah Heights (Marion), Breckenridge, and Cadillac, and also at North Evart and Sylvan United Methodist Churches; he also worked for Evart Products Company for 20 plus years. In retirement, Purlin and Nancy enjoyed being with friends while wintering in Brooksville, Florida. Purlin was a dedicated Detroit Tigers fan (referring to them as the “kitty cats” when they lost), an avid fisherman and gardener, and loved games & puzzles of any kind. He had a fun sense of humor and loved to tease. Above all, he valued his relationship with Jesus Christ, and he prayed for his children and grandchildren daily.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, November 15, 2019 at Evart Free Methodist Church, 6151 95th Avenue, Evart, MI with Rev. Tom Schmidt and Rev. Jim Barnhart officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Smith-Miner Funeral Home from 5-7 pm and on Friday, at the church, from 11 am until the time of service. Burial will take place Forest Hill Cemetery.

Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Wesseling family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Donald Duford

    14 November 2019 11 months ago

    Gail and I were glad we got to visit your dad in Ann Arbor. He had to be one great dad…. as you Suzanna are one great lady. You are loved and appreciated for your service to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
    Pastor Don & Gail Duford

  2. Emily Robb

    13 November 2019 11 months ago

    I am so saddened and shocked to hear of Purlin’s passing. I really enjoyed getting to know him. My heart is breaking for you, his family, here on earth, but rejoicing for his “Welcome Home” to Heaven.

  3. Lloyd and Avis Pettee

    12 November 2019 11 months ago

    We are so sorry to hear about Purlin. He was a fun guy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Nancy and your family.

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