CLARIDON TWP. – Brian Wenzel, of Claridon Township, passed away May 27, 2014. He was 63.
He was born in 1950 in Cleveland.
Brian is survived by his loving wife and soulmate, Lila Fisher-Wenzel; children, who he loved unconditionally with every ounce of his being, Nate (Liz Hamak), of Lyndhurst, Stephanie (Dan) Braford, of Chardon, Rachel (Chris Istenes), of Garfield Heights, Lindy Grasser, of Rocky River, and Robert Grasser, of North Royalton; sister-in-law, Carol Wenzel; and niece, Joelle Wenzel-Good.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Arline (nee Froelich) Wenzel; and his beloved brother, David, of Beaufort, S.C.
Brian was a talented machinist for Creative Mold & Machine and a former member of the Chardon Fire Department.
He was a SARTECH II and K-9 handler, and was a member of Big Creek Search Dog Team and American Mantrailing, Police & Work Dog Association.
He also loved photography and frequently assisted Lila, a professional photographer, with weddings and events.
Brian had a light within him and touched all he met. He was known to strike up conversations with just about anyone and was quick to make friends.
He was trusted, respected and loved by many, even those he knew for only a short time.
Brian knew that changing the world starts at home and raised his children in his image. He taught them empathy, respect and the value of an honest day’s work.
He told Lila how much he loved her every single day, living as if each day was his last.
He was quick to cry at movies or a touching story, yet tough when the chips were down; with poise and grace, he often took control of situations that would break most people. He handled everything in his life with strength and compassion, truly a rare gift to the world. He will be sorely missed.
The family will host a celebration of life on Friday, June 6, from 4-9 p.m. at Eldon Russell Park, 16315 Rapids Road, Troy Township. There will be appetizers and drinks, but please feel free to bring your favorite dish or beverages to share. Alcohol is permitted. Please dress casually and bring your stories about Brian or a corny joke.
Donations are suggested to Ohio Great Dane Rescue, P.O. Box 123, Waterville, OH 43566.
Information and condolences online at www.burrservice.com.