L'ANSE - Residents are remembering Edwin "Tony" Wuehle - former president of Bay College - as a dedicated educator who worked on multiple levels of the school system. Wuehle died Oct. 8. He was 87.
Wuehle taught elementary school for six years, was a principal, the assistant superintendent of schools in Escanaba, and the superintendent of schools in Manistique, before becoming the president of Bay de Noc Community College.
"His work was very, very important to him," said his daughter, Michelle Wuehle.
Edwin “Tony” Wuehle
An avid writer, Wuehle wrote columns while a superintendent and while president of Bay College. Both the "Bay Window" and the column Wuehle wrote in Manistique were designed to keep the community involved in what was happening at the schools.
"He always argued that a community college didn't just educate people affordably, it provides value back to the community by providing well-trained workers for employers," said friend and former Daily Press Editor Peggy Bryson.
Wuehle's teaching did not end when he became the president of Bay College.
"Tony was a great teacher of leadership styles," said Jim Barr, former vice president of instruction at Bay College and one of three administrators who worked and learned under Wuehle.
Other officials at Bay expressed their gratitude for Wuehle's leadership, as well.
"I couldn't have asked for a better mentor in beginning my administrative career at Bay. He was superb at board management, developing legislative relationships, and establishing budget and time management priorities," said Caroline Bissel, former executive director of institutional advancement at Bay College.
"I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Tony," Bissel added.
Even beyond lessons in administration, Wuehle stood as an example of an accepting leader.
"Community-wise he could fit in anywhere. He thought everyone was important no matter who they were or where they were from," said Barr.
Wuehle's ability to fit into different communities led him to join a variety of service clubs and be involved in his church.
"He was very active, he just seemed to belong to everything," said Michelle Wuehle.
Wuehle had a love for poker that led him to join the lottery commission and then to retire to Las Vegas.
"He was very good about keeping records, so he knew he made more than he lost," said Michelle Wuehle. "He probably made less than minimum wage, but he made more than he lost."
For the last five years, Wuehle lived with his son, Marty, in L'Anse, where he continued to play poker, and practice his landscaping and gardening.
"He loved landscaping - gardening, too, but especially landscaping. He'd prune his neighbor's trees in the neighborhood," said Michelle Wuehle.
A memorial service is scheduled for Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. at United Lutheran Church of L'Anse. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to a scholarship fund in Wuehle's memory.
Donations can be sent to Bay de Noc Community College, Edwin Wuehle Scholarship Fund, 2001 N. Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49829.
A complete obituary can be found on page 5A of today's Daily Press.