Raymond E. Wetzel, 77, of East Carondelet, Ill., born December 23, 1937, passed away, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at home.
Raymond was a member of Operating Engineers Local 520, Granite City, Ill. He enjoyed trains and passed his enthusiasm for locomotives down to his children and grandchildren. He was a loving family man and friend, who will truly be missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Wetzel; his son, Elmer Wetzel, a brother, Marvin Wetzel; and a sister-in-law, Donna Wetzel.
Surviving are his mother, Viola, nee Arras, Wetzel; his loving wife of 56 years, Edna M., nee Hofstetter, Wetzel of East Carondelet, Ill.; his children, Edward Ray Wetzel of East Carondelet, Ill., and Caroline (Robert Jr.) Simcoke of St. Charles, Mo.; a daughter-in-law, Debra Wetzel of East Carondelet, Ill.; his grandchildren, Dwayne (Meghan) Wetzel, Jessica (Mason) Talley, Heather (Daniel) Linton, Robert Simcoke III, Brian (Heather) Simcoke, Jeremy Piel, and Cortney Wetzel; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Ethan, Blake, Lilly, Asia, Breana, Olivia, Tanner, Audrey, Hailey, Ayden, Ashton, and Jaice; his siblings, LaVerne (Jerry) LaVoie, Larry Wetzel, Annette Kyle, and Cindy (Robert) Elder; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Memorials are appreciated to the family. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.lakeviewfuneralhm.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Ill., with Pastor Vince Szymkowiak officiating. Interment will follow in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Ill.
LAKE VIEW FUNERAL HOME, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Dec. 22, 2015