Russell E. Wenzel

Russell E. Wenzel, 67, of West Bend, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2009, at home.

Russ was born and raised in Milwaukee. He was a graduate of Custer High School, class of 1959. After high school, he entered the U.S. Navy and graduated from submarine school in New London, Conn. He married Theresa (nee Dulak) in Wausau and the couple lived in Milwaukee. After marriage, Russ was a drywall finisher along with owning Black & Gold Sales. He also owned a snowmobile racing team in which he and Jimmy "the Greek" were on the team. In 1968, he completed the Wisconsin State Highway Patrol Academy in the 17th class. The family moved to West Bend in 1972. They lost their son, Shepherd, on Feb. 8, 1972. Russ then owned WD Enterprises, which was a logging company. He cut the timber on projects on Highway 33 and Highway B in West Bend, , the shopping center and the area between Highway 175, Highway 60 and Slinger Road in Slinger. He then went back to drywall and owned Lakeside Drywall. Russ and Theresa lost their son, Dean, in 1996. Russ is an avid hunter and fisherman. He started the Washington County Chapter of Walley’s for Tomorrow, he was an active member of Ducks Unlimited since 1974 and was the chairman from 1996 to 1998, he ran the Magnum Manor Hunting Club of Fond du Lac for five years, he was the sanitary commissioner and president of the district for 17 years, started league bowling at Kettle Moraine Bowl and Lighthouse Lanes and was also very active as secretary in three leagues that were classics.

Russ is survived by his wife, Theresa, and daughter, Chris (Ken) Schueler of Washington. He is further survived by his grandchildren, Brandon Wenzel, Tim and Tom Schueler, other relatives and many friends.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2009, at noon at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel of West Bend. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday, May 7, from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Washington County Chapter of Walleye’s for Tomorrow or the charity of your choice.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family.