Delbert L "Cotton" Wehrle (1924 - 2015)

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Delbert L. "Cotton" Wehrle, 90, of Vandalia, passed away at 1:26 a.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at his home in Vandalia.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at Family Worship Center in Vandalia, with the Revs. Tracy Zimmerman and Kenneth Wehrle officiating. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia, with military rites accorded by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 in Vandalia and VFW Post 9770 in Brownstown. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday and one hour before services on Monday at the church. Memorials: Family Worship Center. Online condolences may be shared at
Mr. Wehrle was born on July 30, 1924, in Hanson, the son of Jesse J.R. and Pearl Smith Wehrle.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on May 14, 1943, where he proudly served his country during World War II. After his separation from the Navy, he married Arvilla Hopkins on May 14, 1946, in Kentucky, and together they started a family; Arvilla passed away on Nov. 14, 1974. He married Judy Hawthorne on Feb. 9, 1987, in Magnolia, Texas.
Cotton was a true entrepreneur – he was a self-employed farmer; ran a lumber and logging business, and a salvage business; operated a gas station; and bought and sold real estate over the course of his life. He was a member of Family Worship Center in Vandalia, where he served on the Board of Directors, and a member of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 in Vandalia.
Cotton was most proud of his family and his time in the military, and in September 2014, he was a guest on an Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C.
He is survived by his wife, Judy; sons, John Wehrle and his wife Gayle of Vandalia, Steve Wehrle and his wife Karen of Magnolia, Texas, and Mike Wehrle and his wife JoEllen of Vandalia; daughters, Kay Jones of Highland, Debby and her husband Joe Sefton of Effingham, and Amy and her husband Tracy Zimmermann of Vandalia; stepdaughters, Jo and her husband Chuck Hutson of Vandalia, and Vicki and her husband Dale Choisser of Nashville, Tenn.; brother, Kenneth Wehrle and his wife Jean of Altoona, Pa.; sisters, Elsie Wehrle of Vandalia, and Marie Laisure of Junction City, Ore.; 23 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; and two great-stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Arvilla; brothers, Melvin, Robert and Harold Wehrle; and sisters, Jo Sharp and Ruby Schaub.

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Published in The Leader-Union from May 15 to May 27, 2015
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