WETZEL, Vernon Francis
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January 16, 1922 - Columbus, Ohio
December 5, 2013 - Calgary, Alberta
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Vernon Wetzel on Thursday, December 5, 2013. He graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange, New Jersey. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and served in France, Germany, and Austria until the end of WWII, where he received the Bronze Medal for bravery. After graduation from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, with a degree in Civil Engineering, he joined Sun Oil Company in Dallas, Texas. In 1974, he was transferred to Suncor Energy in Calgary, AB and retired in 1986. He will be lovingly remembered by Jeanne, his wife of 60 years; sons and daughters-in-law Richard and Tammy Wetzel and Mark and Nancy Wetzel of Dallas, Texas; daughters and sons-in-law Mary Ann Wetzel and David Gordon of Denver, Colorado and Carolyn and Colin Cooper of Cochrane, Alberta; grandchildren Chris (Kristy), Chad, Travis, Blake (Enna), Lindsay (Kyle), Brian, Meagan and Courtney and his great-grandchildren Braeden and Peyton. Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Mary's Catholic Church (Corner of James Walker Trail and Highway 22, Cochrane, AB), on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church (Corner of James Walker Trail and Highway 22, Cochrane, AB), on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Unit 54, McCaig Tower, at the Foothills Hospital, for all their care and support. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation, 2888 Shaganappi Trail N.W., Calgary, AB T3B 6A8 (Telephone 403-955-8818). Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In living memory of Vern Wetzel, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Dec. 9 to Dec. 10, 2013