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Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Clyde P. "Dagwood" Detzel Jr., 81, of Brazil, died at 7:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2003, in St. Vincent Clay Hospital.

He was born in Urichsville, Ohio, on April 18, 1922, the son of Clyde P. Detzel Sr. and Aretha Rowena Latham, who later moved to Brazil.

He was affiliated several years with the bus station that was located in downtown Brazil. He was elected as Clay County Assessor for two terms, but resigned his office during the latter period to become a hearing examiner for the Indiana Board of Tax Commissioners, serving in that capacity for 12 years.

His last employment was as a funeral director's assistant, first at the former Miller and Sons Funeral Home, then later for Miller Memorial Chapel.

His memberships included the Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church; Brazil B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 762 (life member); American Legion Post 2, Brazil; Centennial Masonic Lodge No. 541 (50-year member); and the Scottish Rite, Valley of Terre Haute.

During World War II, he was assigned to a quartermaster detachment of the U.S. Army. In civilian life, he earned a reputation for being an expert coin collector, and was frequently consulted by others from over a wide area in making evaluations and appraisals.

An avid baseball fan, he assisted working with the American Legion sponsored baseball program here and with other youth leagues in the community.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Paul Mathis.

Surviving are his wife, Bettsene Barrick Detzel, whom he married Aug. 10, 1952; one sister, Virginia Mathis, Harmony; one brother and sister-in-law, John T. and Charlotte Detzel, Brazil; two brothers-in-law and their wives, Bob and Mary Anderson, Brazil, and Edwin and Martha Barrick, Utica, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in Miller Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Paul Mayfield officiating. Burial is to be in Bee Ridge Cemetery. There will be a brief visitation from 3:30 p.m. Thursday until time of service.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the organization of the donor's choice. Envelopes may be obtained at the funeral chapel.