Walter Lee Wettstein 1926 - 2011 Lawrence
Graveside services and inurnment for Walter Lee “Curly” Wettstein, 85, Lawrence, will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Fort Scott National Cemetery. The family will hold a memorial open house Saturday at the family home. For directions and time, please send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Wettstein died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011, at the Pioneer Ridge Health Center in Lawrence.
He was born May 3, 1926, in Pittsburg, the son of Henry and Mary May Wettstein.
Mr. Wettstein had worked as an electrician most of his life. He had worked in the coal mines in Pittsburg before enlisting in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a gunner’s mate and fought in the battle of Iwo Jima.
After the war, he married Dorothe Ann Shannon on April 21, 1946. Mr. Wettstein was very active in the PTA in Pittsburg and was the only father to participate. He was also a consultant to the Pittsburg School Board Safety Committee. Mr. Wettstein was also the first father room parent at Westside School in Pittsburg. He was a life member of the American Legion, the VFW and the Disabled American Veterans, where he was a past commander. He had also won more 200 trophies for go-kart racing and motorcycle shows.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Dorothe A. Wettstein, of the home; a daughter, Shannon Leigh Wettstein Sadler and husband William, Minneapolis; and three brothers, John C., Freddie and Harold, all of Pittsburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and a brother.
Lawrence Chapel Oaks Cremation and Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.