William Henry “Bill” Wenzel passed away on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at the age of 90.
William Henry “Bill” Wenzel passed away on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at the age of 90. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at Belden-Larkin Funeral Home. Services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 also at Belden-Larkin Funeral Home, followed by burial at Mount Muncie Cemetery.
Bill was born on a small farm near Lansing, Kansas. He weighed only two pounds and his first bed was a shoebox, which his mother placed near the stove to keep him warm. But Bill soon outgrew his humble beginnings and at the age of 17, joined the United States Merchant Marine, setting sail for distant ports in South America and Europe. After his service, he went into business for himself, opening a grocery store, ice cream stand and hotel not far from where he was born. However, his biggest adventure was raising three children with his dear wife Marilyn, who was by his side and in his heart for 66 years until her death in 2016. Bill was a man of deep faith in God and country, becoming a leader in his church and raising the American flag each morning at his home. (With a bit of help from his dogs.) He made you feel like you had known him forever, even if you had just met, and he enjoyed nothing more than putting a smile on someone’s face with a silly joke or story. His memory will continue bringing joy to the many who knew him well.
Bill Wenzel was preceded in death by his parents, spouse and young grandson. He is survived by three children: Scott Wenzel of Pensacola, Florida, Denise Dietrich of Topeka, Kansas and Linell (Steven) Grundman of Washington, D.C. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Jimmy Chamberlain of Ness City, Kansas, six grandchildren and one great-grandson. Memorials in Bill’s name may be made to St. David’s Episcopal Church in Topeka or the Lansing Historical Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to Belden-Larkin Funeral Home and condolences may be sent there.