Werner Vethacke Obituary

Werner Charles Vethacke
Werner Charles Vethacke

February 28, 1943 - January 9, 2019
Born in Detroit, Michigan
Resided in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan


Werner Vethacke passed away peacefully on January 9, 2019 at the age of 75. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 28, 1943; son of Theodore and Hedwig (nee Schultz) Vethacke.

Werner was a graduate of De La Salle Collegiate in 1961. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Lawrence Tech while working at Dodge Main Assembly. He continued his career spanning over 50 years with Chrysler as a Senior Design Engineer. Werner loved cars and car shows. He had an innate ability to fix just about anything. He was the life of the party. He was a humble gentle giant whose stature was as big as his personality. He will be remembered for his strength, integrity and loyalty. Werner loved spending time up north, anywhere near Lake Michigan. His other interests included boating, working on anything mechanical, and his dogs. His biggest love of all was his family.

He leaves behind his loving wife Suzanne. He was proud of his son Karl (Carey), and his late daughter Laura Wortman (Paul James). He adored his grandchildren PJ jr, Elizabeth, Harper, and Emma. He will be missed by his sister Marianne Seguin; and step-children Karen Kill (Lee), James Barnes, Kristen Barnes and Stephanie Barnes.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Humane Society, Honorarium Department, PO box 214182, Auburn Hills, MI 48312, De La Salle Collegiate, Development Office, 14600 Common Rd., Warren, MI 48088, or the University of Michigan Heart Failure/Heart Transplant Program, Fund # 316227. (734) 764 6777. ahpeters.com