Wendell Circus

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Independence - Wendell W. Circus, 75, of rural Independence, died Thursday, April 1, 2010, at his home of a sudden illness. He was born in Independence, Oct. 7, 1934, the son of James William and Helen Lucille (Stiefel) Circus. He graduated from high school in Independence, with the Class of 1952. He served in the Naval Reserve. On May 6, 1954, he and the former Alice Lillian Harrington were married in Independence. She preceded him in death in 1983. On Dec. 31, 1990, he and the former Rosemary Cecilia Gibson were married in rural Independence. Circus farmed in Buchanan County, Iowa. He also was a machinist for the John Deer Co. in Waterloo for 42 years before retiring. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Independence, the Black Angus Association, the Buchanan County Cattlemen's Association, and the Farm Bureau.
Circus is survived by his wife, Rosemary; one daughter, Cindy (Gary) Waters of Independence; two step-daughters, Julie (Billy) Abel of Springfield, Mo. and Linda Sue (Marty) May of West Memphis, Ark., and one step-son, Wade Gibson of West Memphis, Ark. He is also survived by two granddaughters: Allison (Jeremy) Johnson of Ames, and Katherine Waters of Independence; four step-grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; two step-great-grandchildren and two sisters: Luella Mae Kreuthmeir of Aurora, Colo., and Donna Dee (Terry) Knipfer of Crossville, Tenn. In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Michael, in infancy. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at the First United Methodist Church in Independence. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence. White Funeral Home of Independence is in charge of arrangements. Friends may call for visitation from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, April 5 at the funeral home. A Memorial Fund has been established for the First United Methodist Church in Independence. Condolences may be left at www.White-MtHope.com. Visit our guestbook at www.bulletinjournal.com.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Apr. 5 to Apr. 8, 2010