Wenzel, Tom (1930-2016) | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Tom Wenzel was born December 24, 1930 in Carbondale, Illinois to Anthony and Virginia (Cole). He graduated from Carbondale High School and married Peggy Martin on April 20,1950. They had two children: Tim and Lisa. Peggy passed away on October 4, 1997. He then married Telvi Anheuser in 2003, who died on June 15, 2015.
Tom served in the United States Army from January 1952 to February 1954. Upon returning, he worked for the Coca Cola Bottling Company. In 1960, Wenzel joined the City of Carbondale Fire Department as a firefighter. Tom was then promoted to inspector, which he remained in that position until he retired in 1989. He passed away on November 19, 2016.