Phillip Duane Wetzel


Find Youth Dead in School Parking Lot

A Macomb youth was found dead at 6:55 a.m. today beside a car parked in the Macomb High School parking lot, the victim of an apparently self inflicted shotgun wound.

Phillip D. Wetzel, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Wetzel, 419 E. Yeiser St. was found dead along side his parentsí station wagon in the school parking lot. Mrs. Ruby Baumgardner, a custodian at the high school found the body and notified Macomb City Police.

Police reported that Wetzel had been reported missing shortly after midnight. Officers contacted the County Coronerís office. The body was taken to the hospital where it was examined by Dr. Donald Dexter, county coroner.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Clugston Chapels in Macomb. The Rev. Leslie Jackson will officiate and burial will be in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Colchester. Friends may call at the chapel after 4 p.m. Friday. The family will meet with friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.

He was born Aug. 29, 1955, in Macomb, the son of William and Louise Seymour Wetzel. He resided in Colchester until 1961 when he moved to Macomb. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and received the American Defense Ribbon.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by three brothers: Staff Sgt. Lewis Wetzel of Great Falls, Mont.; Roger Wetzel of Colchester and Sgt. Ronald Wetzel of Fort Lewis, Wash., and a sister Linda Graham of Kewanee.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Lewis Wetzel)



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