Earl Wetzel

December 2, 1940July 4, 2018
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Floyd “Earl” Wetzel, Byron, CA died 7/4/18 after a lengthy illness. Earl was born in Martinez, CA 12/2/40.

He is survived by wife Joyce; children Teresa DellaPiazza of Las Vegas, NV and Timothy Wetzel (Richelle) of Danville, CA; grandchildren Tawny Wetzel of Covington, WA, Tyler Wetzel of Antioch, CA, Nicole DellaPiazza of Las Vegas, NV and Emily Parker of Las Vegas, NV, Rylee Wetzel and Katie Wetzel of Danville, CA; great grandson Asher Wetzel; brothers Freddie, Danny, and Jimmie Wetzel; and sisters Dee Mygrant and Mary Scoggins. He is preceded in death by his parents Floyd and Zelma Wetzel, son Thomas Wetzel, brothers Lester and Chester Wetzel; and sister Freda Tucker of Byron, CA.

Floyd worked for DuPont Co in Antioch and volunteered with the Byron food bank. He was an avid hunter and trap shooter.

Memorial Services are 10 am Monday, July 9, 2018 at Brentwood Funeral Home 839 1st, Brentwood, CA


  • Memorial Service Monday, July 9, 2018

Earl Wetzel

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      “Anything is possible.” That is what Earl Wetzel believed about life. He was a creative man, a perpetual inventor, who seemed to be able to find a solution for any difficulty confronting him. He had faith in his ability to find those solutions. Earl thoroughly enjoyed understanding how things worked. He possessed an inquisitive, confident, and rational nature matched with a versatile and agile mind. Earl was a person who believed that he could achieve whatever he set out to do.

      Earl was born on December 2, 1940 at Contra Costa County Hospital in Martinez, California. His parents were Floyd and Zelma Wetzel. Earl was raised in Byron, California. He showed his ingenuity even as a child. When he was confronted with a problem, Earl could develop an imaginative solution, and he derived satisfaction from knowing he had that ability.

      This same talent for finding solutions had a positive bearing on Earl's family relationships. Earl was raised with 8 sibilings. He had twin brothers, Lester and Chester, twins Freddie and Freda, sisters Mary and Melba Dean, and brothers Donny and Jimmie. When a difficult situation or dilemma arose within the family, Earl was always there to help figure out a solution for making things work.

      As a young boy, Earl could be found building and inventing new and different things. He was curious, resourceful and interested in anything original. Earl took part in football. Earl's memorable achievements included.

      Endowed with an appetite for knowing how his world worked, Earl enjoyed school, especially when the learning experience involved dissecting and probing the unknown. Earl was adept at scrutinizing different possibilities and designing innovative solutions. He graduated from Liberty Union High School in 1958. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was Agriculture classes. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Lou Bronsan.

      Earl was socially resourceful, an expressive person who was willing to try new things. These qualities drew a lively circle of friends around him. Always interested in his friends’ activities and interests, Earl was uncritical of his acquaintances. He was sought after by people who recognized that he was generous with his time and energy, and these same friends found Earl to be very stimulating company. Earl's humor and curiosity were contagious for those around him. While growing up, some of his best friends were Bill Bonde, Larry Rosa, Bob Byer, Bobby Consins, Ken Cowan, and Nancy Faria. Later in life, he became friends with his coworkers Frank Furtado, Jimmie Smith, and Henry Langston.

      On February 4, 1962 Earl exchanged wedding vows with Verna Joyce Johnson at Byron Methodist Church of Byron, California. Earl was adept at devising original and creative ways to enhance and improve the marriage partnership. Earl was seldom a critical person, but rather the one who was able to bring out the best in others. Earl was an entertaining conversationalist who was quick to respond to his spouse’s needs. He was a vibrant personality and he enjoyed verbally sparring with Joyce. In fact, those who knew him often remarked that Earl loved to argue for argument’s sake. He was very perceptive in recognizing others’ feelings, especially regarding Joyce's.

      Earl's remarkable talent for being inventive influenced his relationship with his children. He would create original, clever and fun games for his kids and had a knack for finding ways to make everyday events, even chores, enjoyable to them. Earl was blessed with 3, 2 sons, Thomas and Timothy, and one daughter Teresa. They were also blessed with 6 grandchildren and one great grandchild, Tawny, Nicole, Tyler, Emily, Rylee, Katie and Asher. Someone who was quick to laugh, Earl found it easy to spend lots of time with his children, but he was never overbearing or guilty of pushing himself on them.

      As a born inventor, Earl was definitely in his element in his work place. He could easily create new and innovative systems, and incorporate those changes to bring a fresh approach to any work situation. Earl was a focused worker with a strong drive for achievement. He could assess all of the options before him and, using his analytical skills, could comfortably find answers that no one else had even considered. His personal initiative inspired those around him. Earl was always good at getting a project started and then, at the appropriate time, handing it on to a colleague. His primary occupation was chemical plant. He was employed for 27 years by Dupont Co. Earl always made an effort to be a team player, doing what needed was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Earl's passion for finding a better way to do things was often an end in itself for him. In fact, that interest by itself became something of a hobby for this perpetual problem solver. Since Earl was always searching for new and unusual activities, he developed many interests and leisure pursuits. Some of the things he became an “expert” in might come as a surprise to those who knew him, but most friends and family understood that Earl simply couldn’t be limited to just a few activities or ideas. His favorite pursuits were trap, skeet and sporting clay shooting, hunting deer, elk and moose out of state and Casinos he loved to gamble.

      Earl's calm demeanor and eternally positive outlook served him well in sports. In high school, Earl played footbal. Recreational sports included trap, skeet and sporting clay shooting, hunting deer, elk and moose out of state and Casinos he loved to gamble. Earl was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were the Qarriors basketball and 49ers football and golf.

      Earl's talents were well suited for being actively involved in professional and community organizations, something he did throughout his life. He enjoyed being involved and was willing to jump in and help out in most any situation. Earl could bring a breath of fresh air to any organization, simply by introducing his novel ideas and problem solving strategies. In high school, Earl was a member of the varsity football, FFA (Future Farmers of America). Throughout his later years, Earl was an active member of the Brentwood Gun Club.

      Earl was continually concerned with the status of local, national and even world affairs. His keen interest and strong values led him to become active in his community. Serving on committees for the Byron Volunteer Fire Dept. Politically, Earl was East County Planning Commision, Byron Sanitary District, Byron Food Pantry.

      With all of his talents, his ingenuity, his solutions and inventiveness, it is no surprise that Earl received public recognition for his competence. With the drive and ability to meet any challenge, Earl accumulated a long list of achievements throughout his life. Some of his most prestigious awards included Earl won many tropkies and awards for his shooting ability.

      Having the opportunity to visit and explore a new place always intrigued Earl. Traveling and going away on vacations offered yet another opportunity for Earl to expand his ever-growing inventory of knowledge. Favorite vacations included hunting trips to Utah, Colorado, and Arizona.

      Earl was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Earl's favorites was Momma Kitty was his favorite cate. They were best friends for 18 years. His family was rounded out by his two hunting dogs.

      Even while in retirement, Earl never stopped exercising his inventive talents, and this new phase of his life provided new opportunities for stimulating his interests. In 1985, his new life involved relocating after he retired from Dupont because of his health and enjoyed going to bingo and casinos for many years. In retirement, he found new pleasure in picking up food at the grocery stores and sharing it with the community. Even in retirement, Earl continued to stay in touch with his old friends and while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in the community and felt fulfilled.

      Earl passed away on July 4, 2018 at Sutter Delta in Antioch, California. Earl had a long battle with heart disease and died of Cardiogenic Shock. He is survived by his wife Joyce, children Tim and Teresa, 6 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Services were held at Brentwood Funeral Home.

      During his lifetime, nothing appeared impossible to Earl. He met the words “it can’t be done” with the enthusiastic challenge of a “wanna bet” attitude. Earl was able to recognize the possibilities a new idea held, even when those around him could not. For Earl, the traditional way of doing things fell short of his expectations, especially if there were original and untested methods for handling a challenge. For Earl Wetzel, the fun of living his life could be found in the challenge.