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Paul Wendell - October 22, 2012


Paul Raymond Wendell was born the fifth child of five children to Willie Oscar Wendell and Clara Jane (Walters) Wendell on April 1, 1930, at Wilcox. He departed this life Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at the Mother Hull Home in Kearney. His age was 82 years, six months and 21 days.
Paul attended grade school and high school at Wilcox where he graduated with the Class of 1948.
Paul entered the U.S. Army on Sept. 11, 1951, serving in Korea with the Fourth Platoon, Battery C, 231st AFA Battalion, Sixth Armored Division. He was released from active duty on Sept. 11, 1953.
On Aug. 23, 1956, he was united in marriage to Ruth Mary Lawrence at the St. James Catholic Church in Kearney. They resided on the Wendell family farm one and a half miles north of Wilcox on the county line in Phelps County.
Paul farmed and raised cattle most of his life. Paul and Ruth moved to the Northridge retirement community on 17th Avenue in Kearney on Nov. 20, 2009.
Ruth entered Mt. Carmel Home Keens Memorial in Kearney on April 2, 2010. She departed this life May 11, 2010. Paul became a resident of the Mother Hull Home on East 23rd Street in Kearney on Jan. 4, 2011.
He was affiliated with the Wilcox United Methodist Church.
He was a member of the Wilcox American Legion Post 377 and the Wilcox VFW Post. He served in the Wilcox Volunteer Fire Department for several years.
One of Paul’s goals was to become a recipient of the Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation and the Nebraska Farm Bureau Nebraska Pioneer Farm Family Award for 100 years of continuous family ownership, which he received in July 2011.
In addition to his wife, Paul was preceded in death by his father on May 17, 1953; his mother on Jan. 13, 1966; brothers, Verle Wendell in 1979 and his wife, Elvera in 2004, Lester Wendell in 1988, and Loren Wendell in 1991 and his wife, Mildred, in 2011; brother-in-law, Rollin Hammett in 2004; and sisters-in-law, Joan (Lawrence) Luth in 1992 and her husband, Ronald; and Ruth’s twin sister, Rita (Lawrence) Bauer.
He leaves to mourn his passing a sister, Ruby Jean Hammett of Olympia, Wash.; sister-in-law, Margaret Wendell of Holdrege; brother-in-law, Walter Bauer of Culbertson; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Paul, in later years made a memorable trip to Alaska. He enjoyed his farming and raising cattle. He also loved his dogs, especially his Chinese Pugs. He enjoyed spoiling several of his nieces and nephews and loved playing with them.
Jim Crandall and Max Stratman were the soloists.
Delores Konert was the organist.
Music included “The Lord’s Prayer,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” and “How Great Thou Art.”
Pallbearers were Jeffrey Luth, Michael Luth, Richard Luth, Michael Wendell, Monte Wendell, Wayne Wendell and Rob Kirkwood.
Honorary pallbearers were Wayne Akert, Ron Fitzgerald, Dennis Echtenkamp, Mick Maassen and Ivan Stones.
Funeral services were Oct 26 at the United Methodist Church in Wilcox with Pastor Virginia Fleharty officiating.
Interment was in the Wilcox Cemetery with military honors provided by veterans organizations of Wilcox and Hildreth.
Memorial gifts may be directed to the Wilcox United Methodist Church or to the Wilcox Community Foundation.
Banta-Torrey Funeral Home in Wilcox was in charge of arrangements.