CRYSTAL LAKE – Harry C. Wetekam Jr., 88, of Crystal Lake, passed away on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. His loving wife of 64 years was by his side.|
A friend to all he encountered, Harry was born April 5, 1924, in Detroit, Mich., and spent most of his early years in Cincinnati, Ohio.
He was an insurance agent in Crystal Lake from 1973 until his retirement and was a very active member of First Congregational Church – Crystal Lake for the past 40 years. During World War II, Harry served with the United States Army on troop transports and completed 36 crossings of the Atlantic during and immediately after the war. That experience gave him a lifelong love of ships and the sea.
Harry is survived by his wife, Ruth (nee Varnau); three children, Donald (Sheri) of Oklahoma City, Okla., James (Nijjy) of Victoria, British Columbia, and Nancy Muniz (John) of Crystal Lake; six grandchildren, Noelle, Daniel, Sarah, LeAna, Adam and Andrew; five great-grandchildren; and numerous friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18., at First Congregational Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be given to First Congregational Church, 461 Pierson St., Crystal Lake IL 60014, or to Odyssey Hospice, 85 W. Algonquin Road, Suite 100, Arlington Heights, IL 60005.
To send online condolences to the family, visit www.davenportfamily.com. For information, call the funeral home at 815-459-3411.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Feb. 16, 2013