Russell Frank Wetz

August 6, 1932 ~ February 26, 2020 (age 87)


Russell “Bud” Frank Wetz 87, of Delaware, Ohio, passed peacefully at 4:48 PM Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at the Kobacker House following a brief illness. Bud lived in Zanesville for 85 years.

He was born on August 6, 1932, in Zanesville, Ohio, the son of Russell D. Wetz and Mildred Alice Skelly.

Bud was a U.S. Army Veteran. He worked for Stanley Home Products in Zanesville as a truck driver, warehouse associate, and computer operator. He was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan, Cincinnati Reds fan, and he enjoyed woodworking, golfing, and especially helping his neighbors. He loved his family and devoted his time to them.

He is survived by three children, Karen Wetz of Delaware, OH, Lori (Jon) Utz of New Berlin, WI, and David (Debbie) Wetz of Jensen Beach, Florida; grandchildren, Justin A. (Amanda) Smith, Michael B. (Megan) Smith, Shannon C. (Matthew) Lodge, Kevin (Ashley) Utz, Steven (Alexis Schumaker) Utz, Jason Utz, Ryan (Stacy) Noll and Lindsey Noll; seven great granddaughters; three brothers, Carl, Phil and Joe Wetz.

Russell was preceded in death by his wife of over 53 years, Jo Ann Parry Wetz, his parents, and a brother Larry Wetz.

Friends may call from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at the Bryan and Hardwick Funeral Home with Graveside service to follow officiated by Rev. Joy Wigal. Burial with Military Honors will conclude at the Zanesville Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to a charity of your choice.

The Bryan & Hardwick Funeral Home, 2318 Maple Ave. Zanesville is in charge of the arrangements. To share memories and condolences with Russell’s family please click the Tribute Wall tab on this page.

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February 29, 2020

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Bryan & Hardwick Funeral Home
2318 Maple Ave
Zanesville, OH 43701

February 29, 2020

12:00 PM
Zanesville Memorial Park Cemetery
1475 Military Rd.
Zanesville, OH 43701


Zanesville Memorial Park
1475 Military Road
Zanesville, OH 43701

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