James Robert Wetherell, 80, of New Alexandria, OH, passed away Tuesday December 14, 2021 at the Valley Hospice Care Center North in Steubenville, OH.
He was born October 30, 1941 in Wheeling, WV, a son of the late John Floyd Wetherell and Clarice (Ball) Wetherell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ross E. Wetherell, Sr.
Robert graduated from Brilliant Memorial High School in 1960. He served his country in the U.S. Army, 3rd Armored Division from 1964-1965, as a medic and was stationed in Germany. After the Army he became employed by AEP at the TIDD/Cardinal Plant in Brilliant, OH, where he worked for 39 years until his retirement in 2005. He also owned his own excavating business. He took care of many operations at the New Alexandria Cemetery where he spent countless hours for over 50 years. He became a New Alexandria Council member and later in 2014 he was elected the Mayor of New Alexandria, an office he still holds today. He was a member of the Brilliant American Legion Post 573; the Ohio Farm Bureau; and was a lifetime golden eagle member of the National Rifle Association.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 48 years, Patricia Sophia (Janoski) Wetherell, whom he married on Nov. 17, 1973; two sons, Shane (Erica) Wetherell and Brent (Megan) Wetherell; a brother, John (Roxie) Wetherell; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Wetherell and Rhonda Hannan, all of New Alexandria, OH; nieces and nephews, Matt Wetherell, Lori (John) Ingram, Amy (Kevin) Browning, Ross Wetherell. Jr., Duayne (Monica) Wetherell, Tommy (Tonya) Ellis and Ryan (Danielle) Ellis; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic private services will be held at Wheeler Funeral Home and burial will take place at New Alexandria Cemetery, with Military Honors by the Brilliant American Legion Post 573.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be directed in Robert’s memory to the Buckeye Ruritan Club, c/o Don Roe, 177 Co. Rd. 19, Mingo Junction, OH 43938.
Offer condolences online at www.wheelerfuneralhomes.com.
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