Robert E. Wetzel, age 77, of Erie, died on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at his residence. He was born in Erie on April 25, 1936, son of the late James S. and Irene Coudriet Wetzel.
He graduated from Academy High School in 1955 and served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962. He worked at Young Brothers Electronics, Armstrong Cork Company, and retired from Conrail in Middle Management.
He was a member of the Corry VFW
, Pulaski Club, Siebenbuerger Club, Loyal Order of Moose
– Westfield Lodge and was a life member of American Legion Post 742-Fairview.
He loved watching sports and was a devoted Cleveland Indians and Browns fan. He enjoyed fishing and hunting at his family camp of fifty years, "Hilltop Camp".
Besides his parents, Robert was preceded in death by a grandson, Kenneth "Kip" Heeter; a sister, Catherine Mando; a brother, James Wetzel; his former wives, Helen Wetzel and Beverly Wetzel; and his beloved canine companion, Ripley.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 20 years, Barbara Riedesel Wetzel, whom he married on May 28, 1993 at The First United Methodist Church of Westfield; his daughter, Mary (Joseph) Winans of Corry; stepchildren, Brett (Kerry) Lewis, Sallie (Mike) Lewis and Darlene (David) Hill all of Erie, and Marcie Badners of Ala.; grandchildren, Abigail Winans, Rebecca Winans, Zachary Lewis, Zane Lewis, Cindy Duffley, Carrie Jones, Michael Mayorga, Terry Toland, Mindy Winans and Casey Winans. Several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews also survive.
Friends may call at the Francis V. Kloecker Funeral Home, Inc., 2502 Sassafras Street on Sunday from 2-5 and 7-9 and are invited to attend a funeral service there on Monday at 12 noon with Rev. Matthew Golibersuch of The First United Methodist Church of Westfield officiating.
Burial will be at Erie County Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to The Humane Society of NWPA, 2407 Zimmerly Road, Erie, PA 16506.
Published in the Erie Times-News on Nov. 23, 2013