Mel Wetzel showed us life is for living

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 07:26 PM.

Havelock lost an institutional figure in the passing of Mel Wetzel on Saturday at the age of 94.

Wetzel was a fixture in many places in this community.

At the recent Salute to Veterans at the Havelock Senior Center, Wetzel was recognized as the oldest veteran at the gathering. He had served in the Army Air Corps at the end of World War II. Afterward, he spent 33 years working aboard Cherry Point at the Naval Air Rework Facility.

Wetzel was a member of the Knights of Columbus at Annunciation Catholic Church, where he also called bingo for fellow senior citizens.
Two years ago, he ventured to Washington, D.C. to join fellow veterans in visiting the World War II Memorial as part of the Honor Flight. Mel was a member of the American Legion. He delivered Meals on Wheels. He drove a county school bus for a decade.

Like his obituary in today’s edition says, "Mel never met a stranger." That is a true statement if there ever was one. Mel was always willing to stop and engage in a conversation.

"Mel loved people," said daughter Marilyn Davis. "He had a greenhouse business and sold pumpkins and Christmas trees."

He had many friends at the Havelock Senior Center, where he was almost always present making full use of activities offered to him. He played cards and competed in Wii bowling. Mel also served on the Senior Center Advisory Board.

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