John Pyle

Big John Pyle passed peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends, on Feb. 27, 2014.

A memorial celebration will be held at Mountain Life Church in McCall, Idaho, on Saturday March 8, 2014, at 2 p.m.

A Celebration of Life reception and pot luck will follow at Northfork Lodge in McCall, Idaho. Contact Carole de Jong at (208) 634-3828 for more information regarding the pot luck.

John was born July 30, 1941, in Washington D.C., and was one of seven children with four brothers and two sisters. He grew up in San Diego, Calif. He served our country in the 101st Airborne division, 7th Calvary Division, and the 7th Special Forces Group (ABN 1st Special Forces).

Johnny moved his family to the best place on Earth, McCall, Idaho, where he and Barbara owned and operated Donnelly Country Store. Johnny loved the outdoors and was able to spend some of his last days with his family at his favorite place, the Pyle cabin on the South Fork of the Salmon River. We will all remember Johnny as a man of integrity a great sense of humor, respected, and loved by all who knew him.

Johnny was a major part and actively involved with the McCall Judo club. He was enormously proud of his family, his wife Barbara, his three sons John (Hanna), Kenny (Lannea), and Dino. “PaPa” was always there for, and deeply loved his grandchildren: Rayann, Parker, Trevin, Robert, Travis and Kingston. He was preceded in death by his son, Dino.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the McCall Judo Club, 13686 Farm To Market Rd., McCall, ID 83638.

In memory of William H. Wetzel

William H. Wetzel, 67, of Benton Harbor, MI passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, MI.

Bill was born December 12, 1946 at 12:14 PM at Hurley Hospital in Flint, MI to Harry Fredrick Wetzel & Barbara Marie Flintoft. Upon high school graduation Bill went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Army.

Bill was a proud Vietnam Veteran where he served from June 16, 1966 until April 1, 1968. He was a Specialist E4 with Sec. V11, Chopper 5, AR 635-200 SPN 411 Overseas. His last Duty was with the 498th MED CO (AA) USAR and Army Reserve until June 15, 1972 leaving with an Honorable Discharge.

He then went on to receive his associates degree in Criminal Law and a became a Michigan State Trooper, badge #1111, on December 20, 1968, until his retirement after 23 years of service on December 21, 1991.

Bill was an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting, scuba diving, skiing and everything outdoors. He was the kindest person you could know and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

May Bill rest in peace and enjoy his next adventure.

He is survived by his wife Deborah L. Fergus; son Brian (Leah) Wetzel; daughter Tracy Sinclair; and grandchildren Braidan & Louis Wetzel.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

Memorial Contributions may be made to The Vietnam Veterans Association and or, The Veterans of Forign Wars.

Those wishing to sign Bill’s guestbook may do so online.