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Obit: Arthur Wetz

Obit: Arthur Wetz

April 13th, 2019 in Obituaries Paid Obiturary
In Memory

Arthur Milton Wetz changed his residence to his eternal home in Glory on April 13, 2019 at the age of 94. Mr. Wetz was born July 15, 1924 to Herbert Frederick and Lizzie Pearl (nee Evans) Wetz in Hooks, Bowie County, Texas where he lived all his life. He was a great grandson of immigrants who left Germany for a better life in Texas. A lifelong member of Myrtle Springs Baptist Church; he was baptized in the springs of McCutcheon Creek. Mr. Wetz become the head of his household at age 11 when his daddy passed suddenly during the Great Depression. He raised corn, peanuts and cotton, and shipped cream to Kansas City once a week to pay off the farm and support the family. He often said his family was so poor that they had to spell it with three O's. Although he did not finish school due to his family obligations, he made sure each of his five siblings graduated from high school. He loved God, family, farming, hunting, fishing, western movies (especially John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart), and red vehicles. He had the best son-in-law in the world and told Jeff that often. Mr. Wetz was drafted into the United States Army. He served honorably in the Philippines and Japan during World War II receiving the Purple Heart. He was recommended for Corporal, but the war ended prior to his advancement. He was retired from Red River Army Depot with 37 years of service, Bowie County Schools Transportation with 5 years of service, and Myrtle Springs Baptist Church with 35 years of service (a position he took temporarily until the pastor could find a replacement). He finally retired at age 90 due to health issues. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 57 years, Gwendonlyn Marie (nee Harmon) Wetz, and siblings: Leona Murl "Sis" (nee Wetz) Johnson, Minnie Lou (nee Wetz) White, Maddie Sue (nee Wetz) Boatright, and Kenneth Deral Wetz. He is survived by his daughter Angela Dee (nee Wetz) Duke and husband Jeff of Hooks, Texas; two grandsons, John Levi Duke and James Harmon Duke both of Hooks, Texas; a brother, John Herbert Wetz and wife Pam of Haslett, Texas; a foster daughter, Linda Rael and husband Tony of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Brothers-in-law Wilbur Harmon and wife Sue of Round Rock, Texas, Kenneth Harmon and wife Nelda of Sugarland, Texas, sisters-in-law Kay Gaddis (nee Harmon) and husband Jim of Texarkana, Arkansas, Marcy Harmon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Sheila Harmon of Round Rock, Texas, and a host of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers are John Levi Duke, James Harmon Duke, Kenneth Scott Wetz (nephew), Deral Lynn Wetz (nephew), Jerry Shelton, and Wilbur Harmon. Funeral Services are scheduled for 10 AM Tuesday April 16 at Myrtle Springs Baptist Church in Hooks, Texas. Visitation will be Monday April 15 at Chapelwood Funeral Home 6-8PM. Donations may be made to the Hooks Community Cemetery P. O. Box 1454 Hooks, Texas 75561.