Daniel Gray “Dan” Wetzel

July 05, 1956 ‒ March 18, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: On March 18, 2020, at The Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus, Dan Wetzel returned to the source from whence he had come. He arrived on July 5, 1956, in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and his arrival brought great joy to both families, the maternal family of Violet Milnes Gray and the paternal family of William Diehl Wetzel. During his early years, Dan learned the allure of the fish lurking just beneath the surface of the waters of the “best fishin’ hole on the best trout stream east of the Mississippi,” the Penn’s Creek (according to his paternal grandfather, the noted trout stream entomologist, Charles M. Wetzel.) Later, in his adult years, Dan changed to bass and saltwater fishing in southern Florida where he would make time for house painting when he was able to get away from fishing!

Dan graduated from Madison Comprehensive High School and he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources and Labor Relations at The Ohio State University. Dan was an astute observer of the realm of nature. Dan loved camping where he could hear the running waters of the Clear Fork River. He could navigate with ease the intricate weavings of the water currents of The Everglades. Dan was a wit with a keen sense of humor. An avid reader, Dan enjoyed trying to best his mother at Jeopardy (which sometimes happened.)

Dan organized the 40th anniversary celebration of the Marco Island Center for the Arts in 2009, where his grandfather was a founder whose large work of paintings of Pennsylvania and Florida landscapes and those which documented Seminole history and individuals, were on exhibition.

Dan is survived by his parents; his sisters, Jane Wetzel Jako of Yellow Springs, OH, and Andrea (Jim) Holmes of Arlington, TX; his niece, Sarah Violet Jako of Yellow Springs; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins living across the country. Dan was dearly loved and will be missed.

There will be no formal services and his cremains will be scattered where he loved to be found, near his favorite fishin’ hole.

His family would like to thank the many health care providers who extended support to our Dan.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Dan’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • My heart hurts for you all. I pray God wraps you in his arms and brings you through your journey. Hugs to you all.

  • So very sorry for your loss. Dan was my first”love” way back when and I treasure those sweet memories. Thinking of you all and holding you up in prayer.

    • Thank you, Sandy. You were his first love, too, except for me! But that’s different! Hope you and yours are doing well. Strange times for all of us.

  • I’m so sorry to hear if Dans passing, we send our deepest sympathies to the family, you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    • Thanks, Sharon,oldtime Cliffbrooker! Be sure to let your brothers know. I am sure you will be in high demand, what with your skills and experience in therapy. You are just what this country (and the world) needs now. And I know you will help out as your Mother was such a help and blessing to so many!

    • Rocky,
      sorry I put my first reply to you on Cindy’s space. What to you expect from an old woman who is still trying to learn these news techniques.
      To Cindy – Our two families have so many ties and on so many levels. It was been great and I hope we never lose touch.

  • Violet, Jane and Andrea
    My deepest sympathy.
    May your memories of love shared comfort you in your grief. Dan was one of the sweetest people I had ever known
    Rest In Peace Danny

    • Hey, Rocky! Good to hear from you. Thanks and thanks for your kindnesses to Andrea. I will never forget your Mother’s help to the ‘hood (along with Gladys) in the blizzard of ’78!

  • Condolences to the Wetzel family ,
    All my memories of Dan include a smile and laughter!
    Rest In Peace sweet Dan

    • Is this Sharon my sister? Or one of the other Sharons I know? No matter. Thanks for the good wishes…

      • This is Sharon Floro Morris with the good looking husband!
        I’m sorry Violet for your loss ! I loved Dan dearly.
        A very gentle soul and again with a great smile .

  • Condolences to the Wetzel family ,
    All my memories of Dan include a smile and laughter!
    Rest In Peace sweet Dan

  • Mrs. Wetzel one of my favorite memories with Dan is a day him and I skipped school and got a ride from one of our Madison South teachers from the high school to South then walked to your house. You were at work but came home for lunch as we dove out a back window so you wouldn’t catch us. Now you know that you didn’t. We laughed and laughed all day long and talked about it often. And the time he wanted to jump off the roof though I laughingly told him not to. He did….. Love you all.

  • Jim and I are so so sorry to here of Dan ‘s passing. He was a great friend and one of the sweetest I knew. This just breaks my heart. Our condolences to you all❤

  • Violet, Jane, Andrea and Sarah.
    My deepest sympathy to the entire Wetzel family.
    I loved and will miss Dan’s sweetness, he’s quick wit & humor. I hope memories like that, get you through your your grief.
    I know he is winning at Jeopardy!
    Getting all the crosswords and catching the prize fish!
    Rest in peace Dan.

    • Anita,
      Thanks for your words of comfort. How sweet it is to see you now and then and to get to talk with you. I hope you are not in danger at your work or anywhere else. I know you are acquainted with grief and I guess sooner or later we all are…
      Lovingly, Violet

  • Went to Happy Hollow Day Camp back in the day with the Wetzels. So sorry to learn of Dan’s passing. Thoughts and prayers with all of you!

  • So sorry to hear about Dan’s passing. Have great memories with him down on Marco. Prayers to the family during this difficult time.
    Love, The Ryan family (Mary Beth, Phil, Patrick and Peter)

  • Dear Violet, Jane, Andrea and Sarah

    I’m so very sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. I know he was
    loved so very much. I wish I was there to help comfort you. Sending all my love and deepest sympathy to you all.

  • Our prayers are with the entire Wetzel family during this time. Dan was a very sweet man and a part of our family for quite sometime we all loved him. Very sorry for your loss.

  • I am very saddened by this news!
    My condolences to his family…… he and I were very close friends at one time, and I will confess that I had a HUGE crush on him. He was a kind and gentle soul, so sweet & compassionate, … always very positive. A quick witted fellow that we all thought to ne fun to be with.
    Such Fond memories of back in the day. prayers for his peaceful passing/

  • Violet, Bill, Jane, and Andrea,

    I offer my sincere and heartfelt condolences to all of you for your loss. Dan was a smart, lovable, warm, and kind soul with an unforgettable smile. Never will I forget my cherished memories of Dan. I mourn his passing deeply. Know that you are in in my thoughts and prayers, now and always.

    • Carolyn,
      Just seeing your name brought tears to my eyes and a clump in my throat! Thank you for your prompt and loving response. So many in your family sent prayers and good wishes. We are touched.
      Lovingly, Violet

  • So sorry for your loss. Dan was a great guy and yes he had a wonderful unforgettable smile. I knew him and he was a part of our family for a long time. So many of us will cherish his memory

  • Dear Violet, Bill, Jane, Andy and Sarah,

    I’m deeply sorry for Dan’s passing. I’ve been praying for you all, and think of you every day. I can’t imagine the hurt, and sheer sadness. I know Dan is at peace now. No more struggles, and that is a comfort.

    Dan was always such the ‘big brother’ to Jane – blowing cigarette smoke in her hair just to torment her while he drove us to the school dance. Those memories make me laugh. He was also the kind big brother who put up with Jane’s giggly friends. My sister Laurie admitted he was the first guy she ever held hands with – in 6th grade, I think.

    May God bless you all and provide comfort, peace and strength. May your best memories carry you through.

    Love to the Wetzel family. You are ‘one-of-a-kind’ don’t you know?!

  • Dearest “Violent”,
    I think I met Dan once or twice at your place but he left the room (was I intimidating?! giggle) shortly after I arrived.
    I can tell by all of the sincere and wonderful compliments that his parents must have done a SUPER DUPER job in raising him. I am so sorry for your loss.
    I have been thinking about coming up that way in June to my older sister’s 50th wedding anniversary open house but you can imagine that it’s on hold now. I will certainly let you know when the time comes.
    I have wondered how you are and am thankful that I now have your new e-mail address.
    I consider you a dear friend even though we aren’t in touch often. You, Violet, are woven into my being. Thinking about you makes my face and heart smile.
    do take good care, air hugs, and safe keeping

  • Dear Friend/Sister Violet!
    My heart is heavy in sorrow, for you, in the loss of your precious son, Danny. He had such a warm and loving smile, and this I will remember, along with so much more! I am grateful that our children were able to know each other when they were very young because this gives us such wonderful memories! May God grant you Grace, Mercy and Peace to you and your family!
    As always: Cynthia & Larry

  • Violet, Bill, and family,
    My deepest sympathies on Dan’s passing.
    My boys always remembered Dan from him taking them fishing in Marco, after that first trip he became “Dapper Dan the fishin man”. Even after they were grown with families of their own, that’s how they still referred to him when they would ask about him.
    You all are in my thoughts, stay safe.

  • I’m Going To Miss Dan, Met Him When I Moved In The Neighborhood.And Became Friends.So Sorry For Your Loss Violet.Take Care And God Bless.

    • Rudy,

      Thanks! You are a calming influence in the neighborhood. Dan said you are the best thing that has happened to this ‘hood in a long time!

  • As I’m sitting here during the corona virus quarantine I decided to read the obituaries. I have no idea why. But I came across this and read of a beautiful life that was really lived in a meaningful way. I would’ve loved to have known this man since he took hold of the ring and grabbed onto life’s very presence and shared it With his incredible wisdom (that so many forget) he absorbed in the beauty of nature. He enjoyed the prize.
    So for now Dan its hats off to you and I hope to meet u one day. I offer my sincere condolences to his family and wish you profound peace. What awesome memories u must have.

  • Jane and family,
    I’m so sorry to learn of your loss. I mainly knew Dan as your big brother but remember him as big personality with ready smile. My thoughts are with you all. Chris

  • Dear Bill & Violet
    So sorry to see about Dan’s passing. Bill, Paul Jr. and Dan and I used to go hunting together and plenty of socializing also! Happy to see that Bill & Violet are still kicking. We have a lot of happy memories. Fran & I back in Mansfield since 2019. Dan is with the LORD now and waiting for his Mom and Dad. Love, Paul Sr. and Fran.

    • Paul & Fran,

      Omigosh! How sweet to hear cherished voices from the past! Thanks for the good wishes and remembrances. Tough times…for all of us.