Evans Funeral Home
"Compassionate Funeral Service"
Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
701.652.3003 or 701.947.2911
Secondary Number ~ 701.650.9937
Thomas “Tom” Wetzel
Tom Arnold Wetzel, age 73, of Sheyenne, ND, lost his battle with COPD on Friday, May 28, 2021 at CHI St. Alexius Health Medical Center in Carrington, ND. He is preceded in death by Albert and Arlene Wetzel (parents), “Pete” (brother), Anita (sister), Patricia Walser (mother of his children), Venoie Bergrud (mother-in-law) and Christal Holter (stepdaughter). Survived by brothers Roger (Cindy), Tim (Donna) and “Fritz” (Sharon) Wetzel; wife Deb Wetzel; sons Shane (Angela) and Cole (Kari) Wetzel; grandsons Sage and Chance Wetzel; stepson Darren Holter; and a step-granddaughter Crystal Holter.
Tom was born on July 22, 1947, in Devils Lake, ND. He was the fourth child born to Albert and Arlene Wetzel. Tom attended Oberon School (1965 graduate), where he was a natural athlete and excelled in both basketball and track. Starting during his high school years, Tom became an accomplished saddle bronc rider and an excellent horseman. Following high school, Tom was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served from 1967 – 1969 under the 1st Calvary Division as a dog handler and walked point for many divisions. Tom received a purple heart for being wounded in battle.
In 1976, Tom relocated to Zap, ND where he worked as a welder at the coal mine for 18 years. After being injured on the job, Tom went back to school and received a degree in orthotics and prosthetics. He enjoyed putting smiles on the faces of those he helped. His career took him to Wyoming, Oklahoma and New Mexico before he retired in 2011 and moved back to Sheyenne, ND.
Throughout his life, Tom continued to work with horses and participate at rodeos in the Team Roping event. Tom was a no-nonsense type of person and spoke his mind freely, you always knew where Tom stood on any matter. However, he was also kind, compassionate and caring. He possessed a strong work ethic and an innate devotion to his lifelong friends.
Tom married his “beautiful bride”, Deb Holter, on May 26, 2012. During retirement he continued work with horses and mules. When time permitted, he restored old horse drawn wagons, sleighs and buggies. He also did many chainsaw wood carvings based on his wild imagination which are on display throughout his yard. He will be sorely missed as he was always the soul of any gathering.
Tom is survived by his brothers Roger (Cindy), Tim (Donna) and “Fritz” (Sharon) Wetzel; his wife Deb Wetzel; two sons Shane (Angela) and Cole (Kari) Wetzel; grandsons Sage and Chance Wetzel; stepson Darren Holter and step-granddaughter Crystal Holter.
He is preceded in death by Albert and Arlene Wetzel (parents), “Pete” (brother), Anita (sister), Patricia Walser (mother of his children), Venoie Bergrud (mother-in-law) and Christal Holter (stepdaughter).
Visitation will be Friday, June 4, 2021, from Noon-2:00PM followed by a Funeral Service at 2:00PM all at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford, ND.
Burial will be at the Hillside Cemetery, Oberon, ND.
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