What beautiful words to express the tip of the iceberg who Uncle Wendell was. As a young child, I used to love to go visit him and Aunt Jean in Oklahoma. Uncle Wendell was a kind and caring man and always strived to make you feel as comfortable as possible. I especially remember the relationship he had with my father, Bud Hill. My dad did not have any brothers, therefore his brother-in-laws were very special to him. They had a very close relationship and such respect for each other. And they LOVED to have fun together. Oh, my, the pranks I remember them pulling. My youngest daughter has a very vivid of her great-uncle Wendell teaching her how to “spit and whittle” on a front porch. She loved it. Uncle Wendell will be greatly missed. He was a wonderful Christ-filled man who lived his life to the glory of God.
What a beautiful tribute to Wendell! Thank you for sharing it with me. I learned a lot about his life that I was unaware of. Though none of it surprises me. Wendell was an amazing man who will be greatly missed. I think it’s safe to say that he will be missed by many more people than his family and friends. His gentle life force, his warm smile and his sincere love and caring for all around him will be with me forever. I’m grateful to have been in his life. That he chose Jean as the love of his life speaks volumes about her as well. Jean, I’m sorry for your loss and send warm hugs and kisses to you and all of your family.
My Uncle Wendell was not only a very special man and a kind person but a very knowledgeable man. One time when Wendell was living in South Texas, Linda and some of his grandchildren came to visit and we went to some of the local historical sites. He knew more about Texas history then I did and I’m a native Texan. I can remember the many trips he, Sherrie and I took to the Gulf coast and Uncle Wendell and Sherrie would always see who could swim out to the second sandbar. I am looking for the day that I will once again hear him say “Where is O.D.?”