Walter Wetzel, 89, of Belview and formerly of Olivia and Browerville died July 17, 2016 at Bethesda Pleasantview Nursing Home in Willmar.
Funeral services were held July 20 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Olivia with Rev. Joel Luetke officiating. Burial was at the Olivia Cemetery.
Arrangements were with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service of Olivia.
Walter William Wetzel was born November 14, 1926 at Detroit, Michigan, to Emil and Florence (Galliher) Wetzel. When he was three the family moved to a farm north of Olivia. Walter grew up at Olivia and attended country school. He married Dorothy Rose Hotovec on December 1, 1944. They made their home in Olivia, and later farmed near Browerville for many years, retiring to Belview in 2003. Walter had worked for Trojan and Pfizer for 23 years. Horses were a huge part of his life. He farmed with them for many years, was a member of saddle clubs and enjoyed trail rides and was a founding member of the Renville County Sheriff Posse. He was a member of the Minnesota Draft Horse Club and won several horse pulling contests. He enjoyed deer hunting, playing cards, bingo and welding.
He is survived by four sons, David (Mary) Wetzel of Browerville, Kenny (Elaine) Wetzel of Spicer, Paul (Sharon) Wetzel of Mankato and Lee (Alice) Wetzel of Chesapeake, Virginia; two daughters, Sharon (Leon) King of Belview, Mya Wetzel (and special friend Kathy Mc Leod) of St. Joseph; 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two sisters, Adeline Wittman and Amelia Lundh; two infant sons and one daughter, Emily Ann Wetzel Tjaden.