Deacon Lou Weitzel Dies, ‘Oldest Serving Deacon’ in the U.S.

The Deacon's Bench | 7/17/2019 | Staff (Posted by) Level 4
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God love him. What a life. Thanks to Deacon Jim Miles in the Diocese of Lansing for sending this along.

The obit:

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Louis Urban Weitzel, 99, passed away July 15, 2019. He was born on May 18, 1920, in Delphi, Indiana to John and Mary (Schmitter) Weitzel. Louis married the love of his life Kathleen McCarthy on March 14, 1943 in Casper, Wyoming. He served in the Canadian Royal Air Force and then transferred to the U.S. Air Force serving honorably during WWII as a B-24 Liberator pilot. He was stationed in Brownsville, Texas and would layover in London England. After his military service he worked for Ford Motor Co/Tractor Division in Troy, Michigan as a computer programmer for 32 years retiring in 1977.

Dedicated to his faith, in 1992 after his wife’s death, Lou became an ordained Catholic deacon with the Diosese of Lansing. He was a former member of St. Joseph Shrine of Brooklyn and St. Mary on the Lake of Manitou Beach. Deacon Lou a resident of Somerset Center since 1969 was a member of St. Rita Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus – St. Rita Chapter. He served graciously at the Jackson Interfaith Shelter for many years. Deacon Lou’s love of God and family, found him praying for others at all time.

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Deacon Lou will be missed by his children, Thomas (Janice) Weitzel of Tecumseh, Kathy (Thomas) Hesse of Northville, and Kimberly Weitzel of Somerset Center, ten grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Kathleen, two brothers Fr. Robert Weitzel and Fr. Louis Karry.

His parish website adds more detail, including the fact that he wanted to become a...
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