December 29, 1925-February 25, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Wendell went from this world on to the next on February 25, 2013. He was born on December 29, 1925 in McAlester, OK, to families from Arkansas, Louisiana and So. Carolina, all early settlers of the Indian Territory. His maternal grandfather, "Judge" Wilkins, was a bailiff in Hanging Judge Parker's court. In 1930, his parents, L.E. and Joy Knox, moved to Wewoka, where Wendell spent his childhood. With his mother's permission, he joined the Army at 17 and spent his 18th birthday aboard the SS Cheshire, crossing the English Channel headed for France. He served in the 3rd Army as a forward observer and spent considerable time behind enemy lines in France and Germany. After VE Day, he was a member of the Army of Occupation in Berlin and Vienna. He was awarded a Combat Infantry Badge and a Bronze Star for his service and was recommended for a Silver Star, but it was never awarded because the recommending citation was destroyed in a fire. Upon returning stateside, he attended the University of Oklahoma, where he was a Sigma Chi and from which he graduated in 1949 with a degree in finance. While at OU, he met and fell in love with Mary Adelyn Roberts. They married in 1950 and Wendell took a job with Sohio Petroleum in Wichita, KS. He later helped form Ferguson Oil Company, where he served as president. In 1966, Wendell moved Ferguson Oil to Oklahoma City and his family to Edmond. When Ferguson Oil was acquired by Kaneb Exploration, Wendell formed HG&G with Karl Goodall and Jerry Greer. Wendell finished his career with his own oil and gas firm, Cardinal Oil & Gas. He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved granddaughter, Alexis. He is survived by his wife, Mary Adelyn, his three children, Steve and wife Renee, Susan and husband Dr. Joseph Kopta, and David. He is also survived by, and adored, his grandchildren, Austin, Elizabeth and fiance Ryan Mobley, and Lily, multiple granddogs and golf and fishing buddies. Wendell was a gentleman, a gentle man, a selfless giver and always available to help those in need. He was a passionate advocate for women and believed women, especially mothers, deserved to receive the education they needed to make the best living possible. The family would like to thank the staffs of The Statesman Club, Emeritis at the Village, Crossroads Hospice and Drs. Altshuler and Pollack at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa for their kindness and help. If a memorial is desired, the family would suggest a gift to the Edmond YMCA, the OKC YWCA, or just giving $20 to a young person who needs it and thinking of him. A funeral service will be held for Wendell on Thursday at 2PM in the Chapel of St. Mary at All Soul's Episcopal Church, 6400 N. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City.
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Published in The Oklahoman from Feb. 27 to Feb. 28, 2013