David Allen Wenzel passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones on the afternoon of Dec. 8, 2017. David was born July 19, 1948, in Shawneetown, Ill., the son of the late Joseph and Jennie Pearl (Payne) Wenzel.
He began his 35 year career as a strip miner with Peabody Coal Company. He ran heavy equipment and shovels, finally retiring from Amex Coal Company in Central Indiana. David was well known for not only his uncanny ability to fix nearly anything, but also his willingness to apply this skill to help anyone in need. He dearly loved to fly and obtained his pilot's license and even owned his own plane at one time. David had a big heart for animals. He especially loved his cats and spoiled them rotten. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 50 years, Gail (Stanelle) Wenzel; their daughter, Marion Wenzel Marshall and her husband Patrick of Leesburg, Va.; his grandchildren, Samuel Marshall of Leesburg, and Katie Marshall, who upon leaving the military is enrolled at the University of Texas, San Antonio; two brothers, Michael "Mick" Wenzel of Shawneetown and Steven Wenzel of Southpoint, Ohio.
David was preceded in death by his parents; and three brother, Bob, Paul "Hersh", and Fred.
Visitation for David will be from 4 until 7 p.m. CST Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home, 303 East Wood St., Paris. Additional visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, at Cox and Son Funeral Home, 794 North Lincoln Blvd., Shawneetown, with funeral service to follow at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at Westwood Cemetery in Shawneetown. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Judes Hospital.
"To most people the sky is the limit. To those who love flying, the sky is home." - author unknown.
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Published on December 9, 2017