1920 ~ 2013
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Stratford L Wendelboe "Strat" passed away peacefully in the early hours of Wednesday, June 26, 2013. He was the only child of Leopold Neils Holst (Lee) Wendelboe and Pearl Stratford Wendelboe. Strat was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1920, in Tillamook, Tillamook County, Oregon.
His preschool years were spent in the west desert in Saldura and Delle, Utah during the time his father worked as a civil engineer designing and constructing the highway between Salt Lake City and Wendover, NV. His boyhood days were spent in Price, Utah where he enjoyed most of his elementary and secondary school years. In 1936 his family moved to Salt Lake City where he attended Bryant Junior High, East High School, and the University of Utah. He was enrolled in the ROTC program at the university where he was commissioned to the rank of Second Lieutenant. In 1944 he was called up to active duty and in January 1945, set sail on the Queen Mary to Germany where he was involved in the Rhineland Central European Campaign of World War II. During the war he served as a communications officer in the artillery. Throughout his adult life he served in the Army Reserve, retiring as a Major. After the war he completed his studies at the U of U where he was active in Sigma Gamma Chi, the LDS Fraternity. After graduating with a degree in zoology, he courted Martha Doris Parker (Doris) his "Georgia peach". They were married May 14, 1950 in Portland, Maine. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple.
Strat spent his professional career in the area of sales where he was involved with securities and insurance. In the early 1970's he began Stratford Distributing, a small wholesale distributing business, working there until his retirement. Strat and Doris raised their family in the Yalecrest First Ward where they resided for 43 years.
During his later years, he joined the Salt Lake Rotary Club and became a Paul Harris Fellow. He was an active member of the club, adding to their numbers through his enthusiastic recruiting. Strat and Doris served as missionaries in the Salt Lake LDS Cambodian Branch and also worked as service missionaries for a number of years in the Church's Employment Center. After living in Salt Lake City for 56 years, Strat and Doris moved to Provo, UT in 2006 to be closer to family. He continued his active service in the Provo Rotary Club where he was named Provo Rotarian of the year.
Strat was an honest person with a "bulldog" determination. He was an extremely loyal and supportive husband and loved his children and grandchildren without measure, taking great pride in their accomplishments. His most memorable attribute was his enthusiasm and zest for life, which endured to the very end.
He is survived by his two sons, Travis and Calvin (Cheryl), and was preceded in death by his lovely wife Doris and son Daniel. He is the grandfather of 6 grandchildren, Camille Pilmer (Justin), Calvin Jr, Nadia, Roman, Anastasia and Christian, children of Calvin and Cheryl Wendelboe.
Funeral services will held on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Grandview LDS ward building, 1260 West 1150 North, Provo, UT. A viewing will be held Tuesday July 2, 2013 at the same location, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Friends and family may also call from 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m., July 3rd, prior to the funeral services at the church. Internment will be at the Mount Olivet Cemetery, 1342 E. 500 S., Salt Lake City, UT.
Online condolences may be placed at www.premierfuneral.com
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on June 30, 2013