John Wendels Obituary

Service Information

 
In Memory of

John Wendels

March 5, 1927 - June 11, 2014
Obituary

John Leonard Wendels, 87, of Empire, passed away on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, peacefully at home surrounded by his children. John was born on March 5, 1927 in Fond Du Lac, WI, the son of John Joseph and Emma (Eckert) Wendels. John was a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, retiring after 22 years. He was a Korean War veteran, Lifetime Member of the NRA, and loved to garden and hunt. After his retirement, John worked for 19 years as a custodian and doing maintenance work at Glen Lake School. John was married for 47 years to his beautiful bride, Madelyn Ann Keenan, before she passed away in 2001. John loved spending time...
John Leonard Wendels, 87, of Empire, passed away on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, peacefully at home surrounded by his children. John was born on March 5, 1927 in Fond Du Lac, WI, the son of John Joseph and Emma (Eckert) Wendels.

John was a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, retiring after 22 years. He was a Korean War veteran, Lifetime Member of the NRA, and loved to garden and hunt. After his retirement, John worked for 19 years as a custodian and doing maintenance work at Glen Lake School. John was married for 47 years to his beautiful bride, Madelyn Ann Keenan, before she passed away in 2001.

John loved spending time with his family and will be deeply missed by all those who survive him; his children, Judith (Charles) Ohlfs, James (Dena Smith) Wendels, Donna (Kevin) Cierpial, David (Anna) Wendels, Daniel (Joann) Wendels, Donald Wendels, John Wendels, and Robert "Michael" (Laura) Wendels; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; niece, Nikki (Dave) Langolf; nephews, Rick and Jake Bosin; brother-in-law, Jerome Keenan; sisters-in-law, Rosemary Fotunato, Elaine (Ray) Bauer, and Patricia Hornes.

Preceding John in death are his parents; wife, Madelyn Wendels; sisters, Bernice Beckett, Joy Eckert, and Vera Bosin; brother, Robert Wendels; brothers-in-law, Joe Fortunato, Robert Hornes, James "Junior" (Kay) Keenan, Robert (Shirley) Keenan, and Donald Keenan.

A graveside celebration will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 11 am at St. Philip Neri Catholic Cemetery in Empire. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to , Glen Lake Fire Department, or Munson Hospice.

Please share your fond memories of John at www.CovellFuneralHomes.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City.

Share your memories or express your condolences by signing the Guest Book below or click here for entry suggestions.

"John was a role model, mentor, and friend for many young people like myself who grew up in the village of Empire. He was one of those personalities that..." Thomas Ford (Traverse City, MI)

Submit Guest Book Entry
This Guest Book has 3 entries. View Complete Guest Book

More Obituaries

Fond du Lac Reporter
Wendels, John Leonard John Leonard Wendels, 87, of Empire, passed away on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, peacefully at home surrounded by his...

Read obituary at Fond du Lac Reporter.

Personalize Your Tribute

Share photos, videos and more with Legacy Memorial Websites. Find out more.

 
Start Planning Today

Make Your Plan Today

Preplanning your funeral or cemetery arrangements gives you and your loved ones peace of mind. Don't wait. Make your plan online today.
Plan Online Now