Kenai resident Carl Henry Wetzel died Wednesday, March 3, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 75.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Kasilof Community Church. Pastor Paul Kupferschmid will officiate. Mr. Wetzel's graveside rites will be conducted at a later date at the Patterson Cemetery in Navarro County, Emhouse, Texas.
At the Alaska services, honorary pallbearers will be Brandon C. Timmerman, Carl E. Wetzel, Tyson O. Wetzel, Travis Wetzel, Pvt. Scott R. Sausedo, Joey Faulkner, Jason L. Stuart and Carl's good friends Ray Carr, Ron Frison and Bill Stuart.
Mr. Wetzel was born March 16, 1928, in Emhouse, Texas to Otto Fedrick and Mary Epsy Wetzel. He was married to Alta "Lynn" Walker Wetzel on May 28, 1949, in Corsicana, Texas.
Mr. Wetzel attended Emhouse Community School and numerous oil and gas field training programs during his career in the Cook Inlet oilfields. He was a career oilfield worker and worked in Texas and many western states as a hot oil truck operator. He began his Alaska work career on the Cook Inlet platforms and concluded his career in the Kenai gas field as an operator for Unocal in 1993.
He was a member of the Kenai Elks, lifetime member of Fifth Street Baptist Church in Levelland, Texas and attended Soldotna and Kenai First Baptist churches and the Kasilof Community Church as his family moved often on the Kenai Peninsula from 1969 to 2004.
"Carl was a beloved father and husband, grandfather and great grandfather, brother and uncle who had many many friends whom he cared deeply for. He had an incomparable zest for life and an abiding belief in everlasting life. His favorite quote was 'Eat, drink and be merry' and his favorite scriptures were John 3:16 and Psalm 23," his family said.
Mr. Wetzel served in the Army National Guard in Corsicana, Texas as an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic attached to Company D, 143rd Infantry. He loved, fishing, sports of all kinds -- especially the Dallas Cowboys -- bowling, baseball and was happiest on the golf course. He often was named "Best Coach" of Levelland Little League Association Baseball and Regional Tournaments.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto F. and Mary E. Wetzel; brothers, Bud, Rusty and Edward Lee; and sisters, AnnieBob, Pauline, Letha McClintock, Hazel Smith and Suda Faye Moore; and his granddaughter, Tara Leah Wetzel.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Alta L. Wetzel of Kenai; daughters, Carla Timmerman Stuart of Kenai and Cynthia Lynn Sausedo of Newport News, Va., formerly of Sterling; sons, Burton Lee (Speedy) Wetzel of Anchorage and Carroll James Wetzel of Prescott, Ariz. and Soldotna; sons- and daughters-in-law, Keith L. Stuart, Melody L. Wetzel, Grace Anderson-Wetzel and Michael Sausedo; grandchildren, Stacey Ackerman, Brandon Timmerman, Tyson Wetzel, Travis Wetzel, Keiki Brianna Wetzel and Carl Edward Wetzel, Pvt. Scott R. Sausedo, who is now serving in Iraq, Jason L. Stuart, Joey Faulkner and Justin, Travis, Brandon and Heather Anderson of Arizona; four great-grandchildren, Natasha Ackerman of Kenai and Sierra, Luke and Dylan Ackerman of Hollister, Calif.; sisters, Mary Lou Lefan of Cleburne, Texas, and Geneva Flo Hanks of Ennis, Texas; and many nieces, nephews and sisters- and brothers-in-law.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts or donations be made to the charity of your choice or to the Kasilof Community Church, 234 Pollard Loop Road, Kasilof, AK 99610.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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