Arthur T. "Mr. B." Bazzel, 81, of Panama City, passed away April 9, 2014.
He was born on June 15, 1932 in Clarke County to Earnest Eugene Bazzel and Linnie Mae Barnett. He served in the United States Army as a Paratrooper during the Korean War, Viet Nam and during the Cold War. He retired in 1969 and moved back to Panama City. He worked in the oil fields as a Merchant Boat Captain.
He had his own Lawn and boat motor repair shop and he also owned a locksmith business. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Panama City, where he was a member of the LLL Sunday School Class. He was a member and Past Master of Bay Lodge #337, Past President of the Zollie Wade Young High Twelve club, a member of York Rite, and a member and serving as the Almoner of the Panama City Scottish Rite. He received his 33rd Degree Inspector General Honorary. He was a charter member of Shaddi Shriners, also a member of the VFW and America Legion.
He loved working in the yard, telling stories, fishing and playing with the kids. He was dedicated to his family and his community. He has many family and friends that will be glad to see him again in Heaven. He will be making a place in heaven for the many family and friends that are here on earth.
He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers Cliff, Ray and Charles and his sister Ruby.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Willie Mae Bazzel; his three children, Anita B. Mercado and her husband Rich, Chester E. Bazzel and his wife Vickie and Cathy L. Artz and her husband Jerry; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; one sister, Ruth Farmer of Bull Head, AZ.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Wilson Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m., one hour prior to service time. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery with full Military Honors and Masonic Last Rites. Honorary pallbearers will be his Masonic brothers and the LLL Sunday school Class of First Baptist Church.
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Published in Panama City News Herald on Apr. 12, 2014