(LTC-USA-RET) June 16, 1937 - July 11, 2014 Robert L. Wendt passed away Friday at the age of 77. He was born in Everett, as the first son of Louis and Lucy Wendt. He attended schools in Everett and graduated from Everett High School in 1955. He subsequently graduated from Washington State University in 1960 and Kansas State University in 1968 with Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees. He was an active, lifelong member of Beta Theta Pi Social Fraternity. LTC Wendt was a career Army officer with the majority of his service devoted to missile related development, test and evaluation. He retired in 1986 as a Lieutenant Colonel following 26 years of service, with overseas assignments in Europe; Vietnam; Kwajalein, Marshall Islands and stateside assignments in Maryland, Kansas, Nevada and California plus three tours at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. He served in Vietnam with the First Cavalry Division. Following retirement from the Army he worked for CAS, Inc. for 12 years. LTC Wendt is the recipient of many military decorations to include the Legion of Merit, multiple awards of the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. LTC Wendt enjoyed his family and traveling with his wife Lois. He was an avid golfer and a long-time member of Valley Hill Country Club where he served as president for five years. Mr. Wendt is survived by his wife, Lois of Huntsville; sister-in-law, Nancy and family of Everett; daughter, Kate Eanes of Vancouver, Wash; son, Eric and wife, Roxanne, of San Tan Valley, Ariz.; stepson, John Rausch and wife, Bonnie, of Toney, Ala.; stepdaughter, Jenny Conner and husband, Ed, of Fairless Hills, Pa.; stepson, Jim Rausch and family of Meredosia, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Rianne Fern, Jamie Wendt, Tyler, Cody and Colton Rausch, Amber and Bobby Conner; and Nathan and Tony Rausch; and one great-grandson, Wesley Fern. A celebration of his life will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Valley Hill Country Club. (www.laughlinservice.com) In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice Family Care of Huntsville or St Judes.
Published in The Herald (Everett) on July 13, 2014