Theodore F. 'Ted' Wendland
ARAPAHOE -- Theodore F. 'Ted' Wendland, 88, died Sunday (Jan. 6, 2002) at Phelps Memorial Hospital at Holdrege.
He was born June 11, 1913, in the Immanuel Community in Gosper County to Julius and Auguste (Schievelbein) Wendland. He grew up in Gosper County where he attended Immanuel Lutheran School. He worked on farms in Gosper and Hitchcock counties.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater where he received a Purple Heart. Following his discharge in 1945, he returned to Arapahoe. On April 7, 1946, he married Phyllis Wieland at Norton, Kan. He worked for Milt Stewart for 25 years as a brick mason. He also was custodian for Arapahoe Public Schools for 13 years.
He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gosper County and later transferred to Trinity Lutheran Church at Arapahoe. He also was a member of the American Legion Post at Arapahoe.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Erich, Felix, Cornelius and Richard; and two sisters, Lillian and Erna.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis of Arapahoe; three sons, Jerry Lee and wife, Sheila Wendland of Denver, Colo., Billy Eugene and wife, Bonnie Wendland of Paxton, and Dale Lynn Wendland of Arapahoe; two daughters, Darlene Ruth and husband, James Wymes of Brunswick, Ga., and Wanda Irene and husband, Joel "Hank" Pulley of Arapahoe; ten grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe with the Rev. Carl Lilienkamp officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be at the Arapahoe Cemetery.
Visitation is today until 8 p.m. at Williamson-Wenburg Funeral Home in Arapahoe and will resume prior to services Wednesday at the church.
Memorials may be given to the Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund or the Arapahoe Rescue Unit.
Williamson-Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe is in charge of arrangements.