“Willie” was born and raised in Daytona Beach Florida to the parents of Frank James and Mary Bena Wetzel where he graduated from High School. He then enlisted in the Army and later into the Navy. He honorably served his country for 8 years with time spent in Vietnam earning Campaign and Service Medals along with the Commendation Ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal.
His work career took him into the field of aviation as a FAA licensed mechanic working for several different aviation companies. In 1985 he took a job in Tulsa working for American Airlines where he worked as a mechanic and later as an aircraft inspector until his retirement in 2007.
“Willie” was a long time member of St. James Methodist Church where he spent time as a church usher, helping out with church maintenance and volunteering with donations to the local Food Bank.
He enjoyed both metal detecting and the many friends he came to know with this hobby. He was a Life Time Member of The Three Forks Treasure Hunters Club and also a member of Indian Territory Treasure Hunters Club for over 36 years where he was actively involved in sponsoring many children with the “Christmas Stockings Project” for Oaks Indian School.
He was a very generous man who leaves behind many cherished memories for all who knew him