Harry Wetzel


Harry A. Wetzel, 78, of Colchester died Tuesday at Veteranís Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church in Colchester. The Rev. Richard Bussman and the Rev. James McElyea will officiate and burial will be in Camp Creek Dunkard Cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel of Jonesí Mortuary today until a.m. Thursday, then at the church until the time of services, and family visitation will be this evening. A memorial for the Friendway Park has been established in his name.

Mr. Wetzel was born Nov. 14, 1896, the son of Allen and Anna May Foster Wetzel. He married Gertrude Carson on June 5, 1921, in Macomb. She survives. Mr. Wetzel, a farmer who had resided in Table Grove and Tennessee, was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the American Legion and a former member of the Tennessee School Board.

In addition to the widow, Mr. Wetzel is survived by seven daughters, Mrs. Harriet Cordell, Mrs. Glenna Purdy, Mrs. Jean Edison, and Mrs. Karen Dean, all of Colchester, Mrs. Doris Vance of Kansas, Mrs. Luan Steiner of Bloomington and Mrs. Lillian Webb of Atlanta; six sons, Andrew A. of Warsaw, George Richard of Galesburg, Conrad of Tiskilwa, Eldon of Colorado Springs, Colo., Jack of Chicago, and Joe of Colchester; 51 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; five sisters, Mrs. Enid Sundell and Mrs. Iris Berresford, both of Macomb; Mrs. Florence Craft of Vermont, Mrs. Vergene Bland of Lewistown; and Mrs. Maxine Mayes of Fort Lauderdale; two brothers, Gerald of Macomb and Clifford of Braymer, Mo.

One son, Burdette; one brother, Roscoe; and one sister, Mrs. Miriam Carson, died previously.

(Macomb Daily Journal, Aug. 14, 1974, submitted by Lewis Wetzel)



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