GRANITE BLUFF — Richard A. Wenzel, 71, of Granite Bluff, died Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain.
He was born Sept. 29, 1947, in Norway, the son of the late Lee and Betty (Swanson) Wenzel.
Richard graduated from Norway High School in 1965.
He worked for the Niagara paper mill for 33 years starting as a plant laborer and retiring as assistant pulp mill superintendent.
He was very proud to serve in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968. He served as a demolition specialist in the Republic of South Vietnam. He was honorably discharged as Specialist E5.
Richard enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He also enjoyed trout fishing, hunting, woodworking, coffee and being in the woods. His favorite kind of ice cream was Lots. He rooted for all Michigan sports teams, and any team playing against the Packers.
He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Debby; four children, Leigh Ann Dighera of Kingsford, Tim (Sarah) Wenzel of Granite Bluff, Sarah Bates of Appleton, Wis., Matt Wenzel of Negaunee; seven grandchildren, Kate, Grant, Morgan, Jane, Claire, Lydia and Jack; one sister, Noreen Christesen of Kingsford; one brother, Ronald Wenzel of Norway; a close nephew, Tom (Deanna) Christesen of Granite Bluff; many nieces and nephews; and a sassy black lab, Stella.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother James “Boots” Wenzel Jr.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 at the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.
Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. Wednesday, with Rev. David Johnson officiating.
Interment will follow at the Norway Township Cemetery.
Condolences to the family of Richard may be expressed online at www.ortmanfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements announced by Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.