Albert Ross Wetsel, III Obituary


Albert Ross Wetsel, III

The Spirit of Albert Ross Wetsel III, DDS, was released on April 21, 2022, to wander and visit his successful and rewarding life. He died with dignity on April 21, 2022, with his wife, Phyllis, by his side after a life well lived.

Ross often longed to revisit his birthplace (December 15, 1936), Ft Worth, Texas, and reunite with old friends. This trip would include TCU, SMU, Texas Wesleyan College, 1959, and Baylor Dental College, 1963, during which time he worked as a surgical nurse and sometimes had the honor of assisting the famous Dr. Michael De Bakey.

After graduating, he enlisted in the US Air Force and was stationed at Stead AF Base near Reno where he practiced dentistry, for which he received a Letter of Excellence. After being honorably discharged in 1966, he began working night shifts at another dentist’s office, then opened his practice in 1966….

When he retired in 2014 from a legendary dental career, he received many notes, letters and expressions of appreciation for his friendship, service and compassion from his patients whom he always considered like friends… his home phone number was printed on his business cards. to let them know that he was always available for them. Ross loved his chosen profession, and many “holidays” were spent taking postgraduate courses.

He excelled in track in high school and college, and at one point recorded the 12th fastest time in the United States in the 440 event.

There are many wonderful memories Ross shared with his wife of 48 years, Phyllis Robinson Wetsel: sailing their Hobie Cat on Lake Tahoe, weekends in San Francisco, riding his Honda CB900 with Phyllis as second driver and very exciting river raft trips.

He was always so happy to look forward to hosting the family or taking them for vacations and special events.

He loved live music concerts and Dallas Cowboys football games

Dr. Wetsel has always retained his wonderful sense of humor…

Surviving in addition to his wife, Phyllis, are daughter Lisa Otero of Oklahoma City, daughter-in-law Phyllis (PM) Stark Haugen and son, Jacob Haugen of Portland, OR, son-in-law Ken Stark and his wife, Christy, and their sons, KJ and Lukas Stark, all of Reno, and her brother, Dr. Clay Wetsel of Ft Worth TX and his two sons.

Ross was predeceased by his parents: Dr. Albert Ross Wetsel II and Inez Lackey Wetsel, and his son Alan Wetsel.

A Celebration of Life (a gathering of friends) will take place on the terrace of the Grill at Quail Corners, Saturday, June 25, from 3-6 p.m.

Posted on May 06, 2022

Posted in Reno Gazette-Journal


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