Kenneth A. Wettstein

Cemetery Record Information

Full Name: Kenneth Ambrose. Wettstein


Birth: October 16, 1930
Death: August 3, 1950
Age: 19




Rail Crossing Impact Fatal to Car Driver

Kenneth Wettstein, 19, of Oakfield, Meets Death in Campbellsport Mishap
Auto is Dragged Half-Mile; Body of Victim Thrown Clear of Wreckage

Alone in his car, Kenneth Ambrose Wettstein, 19, Oakfield, R. 1, was instantly killed shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday when his auto and a Chicago and North Western Diesel freight train locomotive collided on the County Trunk V crossing about one mile north of Campbellsport.

The impact wedged Wettstein's 1941-model vehicle in the engine, according to Traffic Officers George J. Lemieux and Irving Gauthier of the county police department. The locomotive dragged the automobile approximately a quarter-mile along the tracks.

Wettstein was thrown from the wreckage at a point 144 feet from the crossing. His body fell against a railway bridge, his head striking a support. It fell against a large rock brace, then dropped 14 feet to the ground.

There were no skid marks at the railway approach, police said. Members of the train crew were Conductor R.G. Nolte, 57, Butler; Engineer Edward F. Bock, 65, Milwaukee, and Fireman Charles Haughey, 49, Milwaukee.

Son of John and Theresa Loehr Wettstein, of South Byron, Kenneth Wettstein was born Oct. 16, 1930, in the Town of Forest. In addition to his parents the victim is survived by two brothers, Herbert and Bernard, at home, four sisters, Mrs. Herman Manthey, Eden, and Rita, Juliana and Monica, at home, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wettstein, Town of Forest.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Hardgrove and Gordon funeral home and at 10 a.m. at St. John's church at Byron. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter
Fri. Aug. 4, 1950

Funeral services for Kenneth Wettstein, who was fatally injured Thursday, were held today at 9:30 a.m. at the Hardgrove and Gordon funeral home and at 10 a.m. at St. John's church, Byron, the Rev. Herbert Wagner officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Edward Baganz, Eugene Kohlman, Jerome Baus, Henry Fox, Norbert Jurgensmier and Robert Steiner.

Those attending the service included Mr. and Mrs. Elroy Steiner of West Bend and many others from various nearby communities.

Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter
Sat. Aug. 5, 1950


St. John’s Cemetery – Byron, WI

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