David B. Wetzel, 67, of Nauvoo passed away Thursday morning May 5th, 2022.
Dave was the seventh of eight born to Helen and Burdette Wetzel, who proceeded him in death along with his brother Wayne. He is survived by his four sisters Karol, Brenda, Marge and Nancy, and two brothers Jim and Byron.
Dave graduated from Carthage, IL in 1971 and went on to attend Danville Junior college to play golf and earn a degree in Turf Maintenance. The following years consisted of more golf, more landscaping, serving as a leader in Young Life and meeting his future wife, Greta. They were married in 1981 in Nauvoo, IL.
Dave and Greta settled in rural Nauvoo and had two children, Burdette and Gracie. It was around this time Dave started a job as a production operator at the Iowa Army Ammunition plant. He went on to complete his B.A. while working his way up and eventually becoming the Quality Director - never forgetting where he started and the people he met along the way. After 35 dedicated years he retired 2021. Although it was a short retirement, he made sure to get the most out of it between golf, a trip out to Idaho and lots of time enjoying being Papa Dave.
Family was a top priority for Dave. Beyond working at the plant through the week, Dave continued to do landscaping on weekends to make sure there was a little extra money for a family vacation. He made sure his mom and sisters were taken care of and spent long hours talking on the phone with his brothers. He had several nieces and nephews all around the country and was good to make sure he kept up with how they were all doing. He welcomed Kenna and Andy into the family. He shamelessly spoiled Bellamy. Dave was especially proud of his wife and kids, who all followed his lead in pursuing their education and working hard.
This all culminated with Dave’s fight with cancer. He educated himself, made a plan, and worked hard. He kept his family close. He kept his head down and his eye on the ball. He will be greatly missed.
Funeral Services will be held at Printy Funeral Home in Carthage at 10:00 AM Tuesday morning, May 10, 2022, with burial to follow in Thornber Cemetery near Powellton. Visitation will be held Monday evening at Printy Funeral Home in Carthage from 2:00 – 8:00 P.M. with family meeting friends from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Memorials may be directed to the Memorial Hospital Foundation with proceeds being used for a four seasons room at the Hancock Village. Printy Funeral Home of Carthage is in charge of the arrangements.
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