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William E. Wetzel, age 77, of 277 German Settlement Rd., Ridgway, died unexpectedly on Tuesday evening, April 23, 2019, at UPMC Altoona Hospital. He was born July 24, 1941, in Sharon, PA, son of the late William Irwin and Emma Sarah (Jones) Wetzel. He married Glenda J. McCandless on July 10, 1964, at the Plain Grove Presbyterian Church and were sealed for Time and Eternity June 18, 1973, in the Salt Lake City Temple. He graduated from West Middlesex High School, the State Police Academy and attended Penn State DuBois. He had resided in Ridgway for the last 45 years and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served as Lay Minister and in many other leadership positions. First and foremost Bill loved the Lord and his family. He also loved mowing his lawn, riding his Polaris, Hallmark movies, and raisin filled cookies. As a husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, Bill led by example with patience, love, and honor. Bill had been a Pennsylvania State Trooper for 30 years, retiring as a Corporal. He then opened an office, William E. Wetzel and Associates, where he worked as a private investigator and accident reconstructor for 25 years.
He is survived by his wife, Glenda J. Wetzel of Ridgway, 3 children: April Sue (Daryl) Berlin of Orem, Utah, Justin William (Tara) Wetzel of Wattsburg, PA, and Heidi Jean (Dave) Mortensen of Delhi, NY, 5 grandchildren: Samuel, Jack, Robert, Sawyer, and Niels, 2 brothers: Ron (Ilona) Wetzel of Boardman, OH and Jerry (Nancy) Wetzel of Villages, FL, and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 brother Gary “Butch” (Connie) Wetzel.
Funeral Services for William E. Wetzel will be held at the Thompson Funeral Home on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 11 AM. Officiating will be Jan Hintze, friend. Burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Gardens. Friends will be received at the Thompson Funeral Home on Friday from 6-8 PM and again on Saturday from 10 AM until the time of the Service at 11 AM. Memorials, if desired, can be made to the Humanitarian Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.