Mel Wetzel showed us life is for living

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

Mel used to come by the newspaper office and just talk.

"He enjoyed being around people," Davis said. "That kept him busy. He didn’t want to stay home and stare at the walls."

Even though he was slowed by a replacement knee, Mel still seemed to be young at heart.

We encountered him at the Godette Center on voting day in 2008.He had voted his whole life, beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt.

"It’s a privilege we have that a lot of other people don’t have and if we don’t vote we’re going to lose," he said. "If everybody in this country voted, we’d have a different country. We’d have a better country. Right now, we don’t even get 50 percent, which is a shame. I think it is a dirty shame that people don’t get out there and vote."

"I want to live to 100," Mel said several times. We all believed he’d do it, too.

Mel Wetzel, citizen, was a participant.

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