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Eugene J. Wetzel

January 31, 1931 - April 21, 2019

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date: April 24, 2019

Eugene “Geno” Joseph Wetzel, 88, of Affton, died April 21, 2019.

Geno was born Jan 31, 1931, in St. Louis to John and Ottilia Wetzel.

Geno was in the U.S. Army and served in Korea as a Patton Tank driver for nine months in the winters of 1951 and 1952. He assisted in a MASH unit until his discharge in 1953. He was employed by the carpenter’s union for 65 years.

Gene was always a “giver” and volunteered at the Shine of St. Joseph, Hosea House, Our Lady’s Inn and with the St. Louis Sluggers, using his skills as a master carpenter of 65 years to clean up storm damage.

He was a member of KWVA, Oakville Elks and the Model A Ford Club. He loved golfing and driving his Model A Ford “Tilly.”

He was the beloved husband of Mary Ann (Partheder) Wetzel and the late Mary Ann Winterer Wetzel; loving father  of Joseph (Jennifer), Mark (Diane), Jeanne (Marc) Woodward & Karen (Russell) Leary; wonderful stepfather of Sheila (Eric) Treptow, Sherry (the late Thomas) Heumann, Andrew (Sherry) Chibnall and Ted (Cheryl) Chibnall; grandfather of Zackary, Laura, Jenna, Nicholas & Evan; step-grandfather of Paul, Kevin, Rebecca, Claire, Robert, Joseph, Hannah and Logan; dearest brother of Barbara Wetzel; greatest brother-in-law to the Winterer brothers and sisters.

Visitation was held April 23 at John L. Ziegenhein & Sons Funeral Home in South County. A Celebration of Life was held at the Shine of St. Joseph in St. Louis, April 24. The Patriot Guard led the procession to Geno’s final resting place in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.