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Robert V. "Bob" Wenzel
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    103 S. Jackson Street Suite 200
    Jackson, MI 49201
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    5950 Metro Way
    Wyoming, MI 49519

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“Condolences to the entire family and especially to Dottie for your loss. I worked with Bob in the lab and he was a pleasure to know. What a good...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Mary Maisto - MI - Coworker

“Bob was certainly a big role model for me as my big bother as I was # 12 in the family. He was always taller than me too! We always had a lot of...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Leonard Wenzel

“Eugene, Steve and all your family.Very sorry for your loss. I'm sure your brother will be missed. ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Wayne Vance - Westfield, IN

“Dear Loretta and Randy and all the other Wenzels, You have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your brother Robert. It is difficult to lose a sibling...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Laura Gerber - South Bend, IN

“Bob and I grew up and worked together at our younger age. We built the milking parlor, pole barn, added rooms on the house, and hog house. Bob was...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Arnold and Carol Wenzel

“Dorothy, so sorry for your loss. How wonderful you had 54 years together! You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Sandy Gruizenga

“My favorite memory of, Bob, was in the lab. He said his favorite way to spend an afternoon would be on the porch with friends, lemonade and cookies...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Kathryn Westman - Portage, MI

“I learned many things from my older brother Bob. Respect, love for one another, working hard. All which was passed down from our parents. Rest in...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Eugene & Patt Wenzel

“So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and family during this time... ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Mary Romig


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Robert V. "Bob" Wenzel, age 80 of Richland, passed away at home on May 19, 2022. Bob was born March 1, 1942, in Plymouth, IN to Robert I. and Irene (Houin) Wenzel. He lived, attended school, and worked on the family farm in Lakeville, IN until going to work for REA Express in 1963. In 1964, he was drafted into the United States Army and served at Fort Polk, LA until 1966. He then returned to Lakeville and worked for REA Express.

In 1967, he met Dorothy J. Miller. They were married on April 20, 1968 at St Anthony's Catholic Church in South Bend, IN. They then moved to Warsaw, Indiana where Bob continued work for REA Express for a few months before they moved to Kalamazoo, MI in June. 1968. Both started working for the Upjohn Company, where Bob began a 40 year career at Upjohn/Pharmacia/Pfizer. He retired in 2008. While working at Upjohn he attended Kalamazoo Community College and obtained his associates degree as a lab technician. After that he took additional classes at Western Michigan University.

He and Dorothy settled in Richland in 1973 to raise their family and have lived there ever since. He was a member of the Gull Lake/Richland Lions Club for 30 years enjoying all their annual fund-raising events. He was also a long-time member of St Ann's Catholic Church, Augusta MI, where he volunteered for various occasions as needed. Next to enjoying his family his favorite hobby would be home projects, of which he completed many.

Bob is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dorothy; daughter, Christine (Wayne) Kramer of Richland; son, Paul (Megan) of Osceola IN; and grandchildren, Ben Kramer (Sara Abate), Rachel Kramer, Garrett Wenzel and Natalie Seidl. Also surviving are Bob's eight brothers, Arnold (Carol), Delenor (Linda), Steve (Suzanne), Eugene (Patricia), DeWayne, Thomas, Leonard (MaryKay) and Ralph (Ursula); six sisters, Delores Leemreis, Sister Julianne Wenzel, Julia Feagler, Loretta (Randy) Chrobot, Ruth (Bill) Molnar and Virginia (Frank) Palfi; brother-in-law, Thomas (Francoise) Miller, and many nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents.

A special thank you to University of Michigan Health West – Cancer Center, Wyoming MI for their excellent treatment for the past several years, and to CareLine Hospice, Grand Rapids, MI, for their caring service in the past few months. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to either of these organizations.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 25th at the St Ann Catholic Church, 12648 East D Avenue, Augusta, MI 49012 with Father David Pinto, Celebrant and Deacon Michael A. Carl, Assisting. The family will greet friends and family from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Wednesday at the church prior to Mass. A luncheon will be held in the church social hall immediately following Mass. Interment with military honors will be held at Prairie Home Cemetery, Richland following lunch. Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel.