June 12, 1921 - Oct. 16, 2013
SEATTLE — Howard F. Weckel Jr., 92, of Seattle, died peacefully in his home Oct. 16, 2013.
He was born in Dayton, Ohio, moving to Chicago with his family as a young child. He graduated from Morgan Park Military Academy, where he excelled in all sports. He attended Miami University on a football scholarship and entered the U.S. Army as an officer during World War II. He eventually served in the 84th Infantry in Europe, where he was wounded in action and became a POW. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
Howard came to Elkhart, Ind., in 1955 as the owner of Weckel-Kral Lincoln Mercury and retired from his career in business in 1987 from EJ Nagy Corp. He was a charter member of Elcona Country Club and an active parishioner at St. John’s Episcopal Church, where he served on the vestry. He moved to Arizona, where he enjoyed desert life, before moving to Seattle in 2009 to be near family.
Howard was preceded in death by his first wife of 40 years, Bernice (Hamilton) and his second wife, Shirley (Abbey).
He is survived by his brother, Roger Weckel of St. Joseph, Mich.; three children, Jane (David) Stockert, Laurie (Kirby Dahman) Weckel and Howard F. Weckel III, all of Seattle, and four grandchildren.
Burial service for Howard and committal of Howard and Bernice will be at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Seattle, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Midwest Museum of American Art at www.midwestmuseum.org or the VA Health Care System in your area at www.va.gov/health.