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Thomas E. Wetli

April 4, 1943 ~ August 23, 2020 (age 77)


Thomas Eugene Wetli, age 77 of Defiance, passed away at home in his shop doing what he loved on Sunday, August 23, 2020.   
He was born on April 4, 1943 to Eugene and Rosemary (Brady) Wetli in Fort Wayne, Indiana. On August 8, 1970 he married Mary (Littrell) Wetli, who resides in Defiance. 

Tom was a 1961 graduate of Payne High School, he earned his Bachelor's Degree from The Ohio State University, and earned his Master's Degree from Michigan State University. He taught at Cloverleaf High School, Tinora High School, and Ayersville High School, retiring in 1995. His second career was at Lowe's from October 1995 to 2008. He also enjoyed being a commercial bus driver, and a school bus driver for Ayersville Local Schools.  

He was a faithful member for over 40 years of St. Michael's Catholic Church. Tom loved vintage cars, and was a member of several car clubs. He enjoyed woodworking, glass cutting, and he was an avid reader. Tom will be sadly missed by his family and many good friends and colleagues.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Mary Wetli of Defiance, his son, Douglas Wetli of Cincinnati, OH, and his daughter, Karen (Stephen) Walker of Lambertville, MI. He also leaves behind his grandson, Alexander Walker, his brother, Joe (Nancy) Wetli of Ft. Wayne, IN, sisters, Janie (Terry) King of Toledo,  Theresa (Jack) Ditton of Sedona, AZ, and Ann (Bob) Moore of  Dover, TN, plus numerous nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Rosemary Wetli.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 am on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at St. Michael's Catholic Church on The Ridge. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 am at the church, with Fr. Jacob Gordon officiating. For those wishing to attend, we ask that you maintain proper social distancing and wear masks while offering the family your support.  
Burial will  follow the service at St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery. Schaffer Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to The Arthritis Foundation, or Autism Society of NW Ohio. Online condolences can be given at

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August 29, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Michael s Catholic Church

Mass of Christian Burial
August 29, 2020

11:00 AM
St. Michael s Catholic Church

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