Duane Ernest Wenzel Jr.

Duane Ernest Wenzel Jr.
Duane Ernest Wenzel Jr.


BALDWIN — Duane Ernest Wenzel Jr., 54, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015.

Duane was born on June 1, 1961, to Duane Ernest Wenzel Sr. and Joyce Ann (Lamblin) Wenzel in Saginaw. He moved to Baldwin in 1978 where he grew up and graduated from Baldwin High School in 1979. Duane was married to Victoria Lynn Vogelsong and they raised four children. He later married Sarah Smith of Baldwin and raised two children.

Duane enjoyed hunting and fishing, camping and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Wenzel, of Inverness Fla.; children, Robert Allen, of Iron Mountain, Toni (Aaron) Vogelsong, of Coopersville, Candy (Robert) Koob, of Inverness, Fla., David Smith, of Baldwin, Ronald Allen, of Grand Rapids, and Amy Smith, of Baldwin. He also is survived by his sisters, Sharon Wenzel Koenig, of Union City, Texas, Dawn Wenzel Davis, of Newirk Ohio, Tammy Wenzel Maile, of Ludington, Laurie Wenzel, of Rockford, Jerri Wenzel Mckaig, of North Field, NH., and Jessica Wenzel, of Ludington; 25 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his father, Duane Wenzel Sr., in 1991; and mother, Joyce Ann (Lamblin) Wenzel, in 2000; and one grandson, Nicolas Smith, in 2014.

Duane moved to Florida in 2012 where he resided at the time of death.

A Celebration of Life will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Holister Senior Center in Baldwin.