Ailing retired Indianapolis police officer Frank Wefler, flown home to wife by donations, dies

FOP, mayor's office raised money for flight

INDIANAPOLIS - An ailing retired Indianapolis police officer who was flown home to be with his family thanks to thousands in donations has died.

Frank Wefler suffered a series of heart attacks and strokes late last year while living in Las Vegas, where he and his wife, Carol, retired to after his 30 years on the force.

As his health deteriorated, Carol Wefler learned she had stage-four cancer in four major organs and was given just a week to live.

She returned to Indianapolis to be with the couple's three children and receive treatment, but the family had hoped to reunite the couple before they passed.

Wefler's police pension wouldn't cover the cost of a medical flight, an expense of $15,000 to $20,000, but the Fraternal Order of Police and the mayor's office helped raise the needed money, and he was flown back just before Thanksgiving.

The couple spent their last weeks together before Carol Wefler died in December.

Frank Wefler was able to spend the holidays with his family before dying Monday, the family said.

Visitation for Frank Wefler will be held Friday from 4-8 p.m. at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center on Madison Avenue. His funeral will be held there at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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