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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.