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William Albert WetzsteonMarch 18, 1925 ~ June 5, 2017 (age 92)
William A. Wetzsteon, 92, passed away Monday June 5, 2017 at the Marcus Daly Hospice Center. William was a lifelong resident of the Bitterroot. Born March 19, 1925 into a ranching family in Sula, he raised Herefords with his father Willy and brother Marvin. He graduated from Darby High School. After serving in the army during the Occupation of Japan, he and Lois Bradshaw were married in 1950 and together they had 3 children.
After selling his interest in the ranch in 1977, William, Lois and youngest son Joe moved to Hamilton, where he was a foreman at the Bitterroot Stock Farm. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He built a cabin up the French Basin where he spent many happy times with family and friends.
After losing his wife Lois to ALS in 1991, he met and married Terry Wolfe in 1994. He and Terry later adopted her Grandchildren and began raising a second family.
William was preceded in death by his wife Lois, his father Willy and mother, Thelma (Zoske), and brothers, Harold and Marvin Wetzsteon. Surviving are his wife Terry and adopted daughter Katie and son Nick of the home in Corvallis, sons Richard William Wetzsteon (Michele) of Bellingham, WA, and Joseph William Wetzsteon (Mary) of Hamilton, daughter Karen Fifield (Bob) of Corvallis, seven Grandchildren- William Charles Fifield, Robert Christopher Fifield (Donna), Adam William Wetzsteon, Kirstin Elizabeth Wetzsteon Stritzel, Shannon Leigh Wetzsteon, Kara Gwen Wetzsteon, and Blaine William Wetzsteon and one Great Granddaughter-Locea Mae Fifield. Also left behind is his lifelong best friend Gene Henderson of Darby or as William referred to him “The Old Guy”.
Funeral services will be Saturday June 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Daly Leach Chapel in Hamilton. Interment will immediately follow at the Sula Cemetery.