Arley Wenzler

Arley Vernon Wenzler

Wednesday, September 2nd, 1942 - Saturday, August 29th, 2020
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Arley V. Wenzler, 77, of Battle Creek, MI died August 29, 2020, surrounded by family at home. He was born on September 2, 1942 the son of Arley and Doris Wenzler (Kelley). He graduated in 1960 from Lakeview High School. He served three years in the United States Marine Corps. as Corporal E-4. He worked at Bill Knapp's Restaurants for 37 dedicated years of service, and Heritage Chevrolet for 10 years. He was an avid golfer.
In 1964, he married Sydney Peters, who survives. Also surviving is a Son, Gregory (Kim Lawrence) Wenzler; Daughter, Kelly (Christopher) Garner; Five Grandchildren, Tiffany Ivany, Elliot Wenzler, Gabriel Garner, Chloe Garner and Daphne Garner; Two Great-Grandchildren; Sister, Linda (Jack) Fletcher; Brother-In-Law, Jerry Parks; Sister-In-Law, Cindy Wenzler; numerous nieces, nephews and other loving family members, and his constant companion, Pete the Cat.
He was preceded in death by his Parents; Sisters, Sandra Cayton, Pat Parks and Brother, Michael Wenzler.
Condolences for the family may be left at under his obituary posting.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Autism Support Center of Southwest Michigan, 814 S. Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008.
Visitation to celebrate the life of Arley will be held at the Baxter Funeral and Cremation Service on Thursday, September 3, 2020 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (noon), followed by a family graveside service at Fort Custer National Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to the Baxter Funeral and Cremation Service,, 269-788-9800.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service
    375 W. Dickman Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
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  • Interment

    Fort Custer National Cemetery
    15501 Dickman Road
    AUGUSTA, MI 49012
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Lloyd Corliss

Posted at 02:58pm
I was saddened to here of my friend Arley's passing. My sister who still resides in Battle Creek, just informed me. Arley was my best neighborhood friends during early childhood on S. Woodrow Avenue in Lakeview. I was two years his senior and, although we were not classmates, we were " playmates".... building forts in the back field, playing soft ball in the lot across from is home, riding bikes to the then High School, letting of firecrackers, and the like. His home was built by the post WW II housing boom between Woodrow and 20th street. It's gone now gone (I believe); my house, which has survived, was built by my grandfather in the late 20's...... it's the first house on the right side of Woodrow, when coming from Columbia Ave. (then US-12). I remember Arley's Mom (Doris), Dad (Art), and Sister (Sandy)...... and I remember our endless requests to our mom's: "Can I go out to play", "Can I go down to Arley's".
I left BC before Arley graduated from school; I left to pursue my education at Michigan State and Stanford, and moved to the West Coast for an exciting career with NASA...... we lost touch, as early friendships do, but I did touch base a couple of times over the years, on my visits to BC, but those contacts were all to brief. To Sydney, Gregory, and Kelley, I just want you to know how often I think of my early years in Battle Creek. I cherish the memories I have from my friendship with Arley, your Dad and Husband.
Just a short update on my life. I had an exciting 43 year career with NASA working in the aeronautics side, designing fly-by-wire control system for a variety of experimental aircraft (several vertical lift). I now live in Bend , OR and travel extensively (all 7 continents), climbed Kilamanjaro, been to Everest Base Camp, hiked the Inca trail, etc. I'll be 80 in October, so I've slowed a bit to bus tour trips now. I'm not married now, but I have two children, and a few grandchildren.
The photos I'm including were my first flash picture with my Christmas Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera. I was always a bit jealous of Arley because (as you can see) he was better looking than me..... and I was a bit pudgy. I've also included a recent photo.
Please know that my note is not intended to be light or thoughtless and please know that I morn with you on your loss; but I think it is always good to hold on to the good thoughts too.

My sincerest wishes,
Lloyd D. Corliss

PS send me an email and I'll send the very early pictures..... I couldn't get my scanner to work on thoughts early photos.

PSS these are the earlier photos

jerry f powers

Posted at 08:32am
I held Arley in highest esteem. Our relationship began back in high school when we worked together at Bill Knapp's. We worked together, played together, an lived together early on and spent nearly a lifetime working in the same company. Arley was a dependable anchor for those around him and could always be counted on. He introduced me to my wife Susan j. Brantlinger 60 years ago so we both continue to have fond memories of him. " A lot of good came from Arley Wenzer". May he rest in peace.

Dick Bond

Posted at 07:57pm
My condolences to the family of Arley. I remember having many fun discussions
with Arley when I was in the front office at Bill Knapp's for 25 years.

Dick Bond


Posted at 05:38pm
My condolences to the Wenzler family. Arley was my supervisor when I was a young manager for Bill Knapp's. It was a pleasure having him as my supervisor.

Kevin J Clark

Kenny Donahue

Posted at 07:19pm
We are very sorry to hear of Arley's passing. I, Kenny Donahue worked with Arley at the Bill Knapp's, Battle Creek, commissary for years. He was one of Bill Knapp's top employees. Arley and I had fun comparing our Wing Tip shoes, he was always a nice person to everyone. Our thoughts & prayers are with your families.
There is a bright star in Heaven, God Bless You,
Kenny & Louisa Donahue
Troy, Ohio
Ohio Bill Knapp's Commissary

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