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Donald R. “Don” Wetz

Donald R. “Don” Wetz, age 86, formerly of Shelby, passed away on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at Country Meadow Care Center, in Bellville, Ohio.

Don was born January 8, 1932 in Shelby, the son of the late Faustin and Hazel (Cotter) Wetz. He graduated in 1949 from Shelby High School and received an associate degree in Lithography from Kent State University with a teaching certificate. Don worked his entire career in the printing business having worked at Shelby Sales Book, Shelby Daily Globe, Pioneer Career and Technology Center, Tappan and retired from Shelby Printing.

Don was a very active member of First Lutheran Church in Shelby serving as a member of the church council, the choir and as a greeter. He loved to work in his yard and was always busy. The family enjoyed camping when the children were young.

Don proudly served his country from 1951-1955 in the United States Navy on the USS Sturtevant in the Clemson Class.

Don is survived by 2 sons: Mike (Kim) Wetz of Lexington and Steve (Renee) Wetz of Sylvania; 2 grandchildren: Peyton and Samuel Wetz; 2 step grandchildren: Jeffrey Funston and Deena Liming; 1 step great granddaughter: Tessa Liming; In-laws: Eileen Wetz of Ashland, Sue Wetz of Shelby and Duane (Carolyn) Hoover of Florida. On June 6, 1959 he married Louise A. (Hoover) Wetz and she preceded him in death on November 15, 2015. Also predeceasing him were his parents and 3 brothers: Kenneth, Robert, and Dwight Wetz.

Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 2-4 PM at the PENWELL TURNER FUNERAL HOME, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 1, 2018 at First Lutheran Church at 10:30 am with Pastor Rus Yoak officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby. Military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail.

Memorial expressions may be made to First Lutheran Church Lumadue Scholarship Fund. To leave a message of sympathy or to share a memory with the Wetz family, please visit

Memories & Condolence

  1. Marty Perlaky says:

    Steve, so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. Know your Springfield Family is pray and sending good thoughts your way during this difficult time.


  2. Therese Valentine says:

    Steve, Renee, Peyton & Sam

    My sincere sympathy on the loss of your dad, father-in-law & grandpa. My thoughts & prayers to all of you at this difficult time. Hold on to the wonderful memories. Love you all.


  3. Lisa Wentz-Steiner says:

    Sorry for your loss. Your parents were special to me.
    Love Lisa Wentz-Steiner

  4. Kim & June Heuberger says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in the loss of your loved one!

  5. Marlene Steele Adkins says:

    Steve, so sorry for your loss. Your dad and mom were such classy people. I always loved talking to them.
    Marlene Steele Adkins

  6. MaryAnn Forbes says:

    Mile and Kim, sending you my love and sympathy. Your Dad was blessed that you ensured that he enjoyed the last years of his life and received the very best care. May he Rest In Peace.

  7. Annette B Swaskee says:

    Dearest Mike ,Kim and Tess,
    My Deepest Heartfelt Sympathies
    are with You ,Kim and Tess
    Today and Always!
    Your Dad brought me Such Comfort after the Loss of My Dad Robert L Swaskee as Shipmates they Both served Proudly from
    1951 to 1955 on the
    USS Sturtevant. De 239
    Sharing His Such Vivid Naval Stories and Pictures with me Filled the Void
    With Great Joy !!!
    Just Remember Today and other difficult days to come like your Very Innocent 7 year old granddaughter Tess shared with You and Kim with that Great
    Big Bear Hug !
    ” BomPom ” Should be Very Happy
    Because He’s with “BomMoM!”
    That Void Will Also be Filled With Great Joy !!
    Remember those Family Camping Trips ,
    And don’t forget Fun and Crazzzy
    Dollar Tree and Walmart Trips Too!
    Smooth Sailing ….”Dandy Don”
    LOVE Always,
    Annette B Swaskee

  8. Susan Heuberger Haggerty says:

    I am going to miss you and your great sense of humor. My visits to Shelby and hanging out with you at the Girl Scout House will never be the same.
    Love You Don…..

    Susan Heuberger Haggerty

  9. Erma (Cotter) Oswalt says:

    Extending our deepest and sincere sympathy.

    Erma (Cotter) Oswalt
    and the William Cotter Family

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