Kriegshauser Mortuary-West Chapel

9450 Olive Blvd, St. Louis, MO


James Meredith Wetzel

March 30, 1938September 29, 2019

James Meredith Wetzel, 81, died peacefully in his home surrounded by family on September 29, 2019.

Beloved husband for 60 years of Barbara (nee Fischer) Wetzel; devoted father of Mary (Brett) Freeman, Ellen (Glenn) Bryan, Anne (Jim) Kloeckener, Jimmy (Patti), John, and the late Amy Wetzel; dear brother of Peter B. (Teresa) Wetzel, grandfather of nine and great grandfather of two whom he adored; dear uncle, cousin, and friend to many.

Jim was a teacher for 29 years at McCluer High School. He taught history, sociology and a class called Search for Awareness that had a profound and positive effect on many of his students. His message is “you are loveable and capable.”

He loved sports. His interests included coaching baseball and football. He especially enjoyed golfing, sailing and vacations.

Most of all Jim was a family man. His kindness, love, and laughter will continue forever.

He will be greatly missed.

SERVICES: Memorial Mass 10:00am on Saturday, October 12th at Incarnate Word Parish 13416 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO 63017

Jim donated his body to St. Louis University. The family suggests contributions to the Mid America Transplant Foundation 1110 Highlands Plaza Dr., Ste. 100 St. Louis, MO 63110 or to the charity of your choice.


  • Mid America Transplant Foundation


  • Memorial Mass Saturday, October 12, 2019


James Meredith Wetzel

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Kathy Dolan

October 11, 2019

Mr. Wetzel was a big part of my childhood. I remember him at westbury swim and dive meets, sharing his trampoline with the neighborhood, not telling my parents after finding Amy and I smoking, taking us on his sailboat and on float trips. He was a wonderful man and we will miss him. He is resting in the loving arms of Jesus and will be an angel watching over all of his many loved ones and friends.

Kathy Chronister

October 11, 2019

I met Jim Wetzel 31 years ago when I became friends with his daughter, Anne! My entire family feel very blessed for that! Just to name a few of so many memories of him we are so grateful for are........Our daughters still talk about the times when they were little, and he would just randomly leave a box of Dunkin Donut munchkins at our kitchen door! My husband learned to love the game of golf because of him! And I, being coupon crazy myself, will always remember his permanent smile that would just light up your day! This warm and endearing smile of his most definitely lives on in each of his kids and grandkids! What a beautiful legacy to leave behind! Jim Wetzel truly was one of the kindest men I have ever met!!!!! Our deepest sympathy and much love to the entire family❤️ Kathy Chronister

Kathleen Meyer

October 7, 2019

Jim Wetzel was a great guy and a good neighbor. My parents, Bob and Vera Meyer, and myself lived across the street from the Wetzel's in the late 1960's. Jim and my father became good friends and played golf together.

My sincere condolences to his wife Barbara and family members. A life well lived!


Kathleen L Meyer

Jim Palmer

October 5, 2019

Mr. Wetzel had an outsized impact on many young people's lives. Thank you Mr. Wetzel.

Patrick Holmes

October 5, 2019

Coolest teacher ever, definitely part of who I turned out to be, used to go to McClure and visit him after I graduated.

Paul Hastings

October 4, 2019

Mr.Wetzel , i respectfully called him , taught me more about myself than i ever knew . At 16 your as confused as the next kid. He never told me anything. He would put information out there so you could figure it out for yourself. Over the years my friends and i would bring up his name and everyone would say : i loved that guy.!

Ann McClung ( nee Schimmelpfenig)

October 4, 2019

There are no words that descibe how Awesome he was & still is to all who knew him. He was an awesome teacher one of the best. His awareness class taught me alot. He will always be loved & missed by all who knew him. RIP MR WETZEL!! Until we met again. Lots of Prayers & Good thoughts for his entire Family & for all who knew this Awesome Man!

Phil Chronister

October 4, 2019

Mr. Wetzel was the man who taught me how to play golf - a feat he and I often joked cost me a lot of money, and all of my self esteem! I will never forget his tireless patience and humor as we hit ball after ball. He played an important part in my life and I will never forget him. Thank you Jim, and I look forward to our next round.

Yvonne Bryant (Roberts)

October 4, 2019

Mr Wetzel I can truly say out of all my teachers in school, let the most impact. I looked forward to going to his class everyday and listening to his stories or sharing his life experiences! Because of him I can say I am the woman I am today, he was a confidant and and dear friend to all who met him. James Wetzel will definitely be missed and forever Remembered!!

Llermo Rogers

October 4, 2019

Mr. James Wetzel still have had a profound impact in my life when I joined his class, " Search for Awareness." He ignited a quest of a lifelong internal insight for self-awareness for myself ... I can't speak to the many students he has taught, but I could see and feel the wonderful positive and loveable impact he left behind. He not just touch my heart to keep searching and inquring, but he has stirred so many to be caring and loveable. Thank you so much. I have been so appreciative and honored to have met you.