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Obituary: Jerry Bert Wetzel

Jerry Wetzel with Maddie

Jerry Wetzel with Maddie

Jerry B. Wetzel, 69, of Chino Valley, Ariz., and formerly of Grand Rapids, Spring Lake and Norton Shores, Mich., passed away peacefully Nov. 12, 2013, from pancreatic cancer. Jerry was the son of Walter and Eileen Wetzel, who predeceased him.

Jerry lived and worked in West Michigan. He graduated from Ottawa Hills High School, class of 1962, and received his BA at Ferris State University. His interests included golfing, biking and all college sports. He enjoyed attending the NCAA tournaments with his son and also enjoyed visiting the casinos in Michigan and Arizona. He loved the great lakes and the Grand Canyon.

Jerry is survived by his wife Rebecca and his golden retriever Maddie; children Steven Wetzel, Jodi (Steve) Wetzel Perini, Kellie (Rick) Cook and Brian (Rachel) McIntyre; sister Carol (Gary) Zdun; sister-in-law Amy (Philip) Buck-Brown; aunts Ada Wetzel and JoAnn Wetzel; niece Kim (Peter) Piatek; nephew Thomas (Stephanie) Zdun; and 13 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, 2062 N. State Route 89, Chino Valley.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at St Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Grand Rapids, Mich. Family will greet friends at 10:30 a.m.

The family suggests donations in Jerry's memory to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, St Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, P.O. Box 152, Chino Valley, AZ 86323, St Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 520 Myrtle N.W. Grand Rapids, MI 49504 or Rescue a Golden of Arizona, P.O. 71987, Phoenix, AZ 85050.

The family would like to thank Dr. Aranda, Dr. Nica, MD Anderson, Phoenix, Ariz., Granite Mountain Home Health Care, Yavapai Regional Medical Center, West Campus, Prescott, Good Samaritan Rehabilitation, New Horizons and Good Samaritan Hospice for providing excellent care.

We love you, Jerry, and will miss you. Thank you for sharing your life with us. God bless.

You are invited to log onto www.ruffnerwakelin.com to sign Jerry's guestbook and share a memory with the family.

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