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Neil Wetrich

Neil Wetrich, age 75, of Huron, died Sunday, February 12, 2012, at Manhattan, Kansas.  His funeral service was at 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 25th at the Kuhler Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Anderson officiating.  Interment was at the St. Martin’s Catholic Cemetery.

Neil Stone Wetrich was born September 29, 1936, to Carl and Mildred (Stone) Wetrich in Huron, South Dakota.   He grew up in Huron and graduated from Huron High School in 1955 and continued his education at Huron College.

On March 27, 1970, Neil married Mary Ford at Junction City, Kansas.  They made their home in Huron after their marriage.  Neil worked for Allied Van Lines for many years until he was hired on as a truck driver for Farmland Industries (Dakotaland Feeds).  He was made maintenance man in 1981 and was promoted to superintendent in 1984 until his retirement in 2001.

Neil was the type of guy who would do most anything for anyone, as long as he could give them a hard time while he was doing it.  He was known for driving to Sioux Falls just to get lunch and buy a modified ford mustang magazine, for calling up the waitresses at Chuck-wagon to ask for a refill on coffee at table #4 and spending winters in Hawaii watching all the pretty girls down in “Wiki Wiki” as he called it.  Neil was a very loving man in his own way, and other than his daughters and a few special friends, Neil’s  love was for his 1968 “MY WAY” Mustang, whether he was driving it, working on it or of course talking about it and showing off pictures.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary on February 5, 1998; and his son, Alex on August 29, 1997.

Grateful for having shared in his life are his daughters, Nikki (Justin) Burwell of Manhattan, Kansas, and Ellen Wetrich of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; five grandchildren, Katherine Lee, Marissa Lee, Dakota Lee, Chayton Burwell, and Jazlyn Burwell; two sisters, Verna “Beanie” Bates of Huron and Susie Ballou of Washington; his mother-in-law, Dolores Ford of Huron; two sisters-in-law, Donna Horner of Kansas City, Missouri and Sue (Reed) Jandt of Rapid City; one brother-in-law, John (Missie) Ford of Gillette, Wyoming; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and many many friends.

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