Wendell Franklin McCrea 83, of Sebastopol, CA and formerly of Sac City, IA, died Wednesday March 13, 2013 at his home in Sebastopol. Mr. McCrea was born October 12, 1929 in Sac County to John Sherman and Goldie McCrea. He grew up in Sac City and graduated from Sac City High School in 1947. After high school he joined the Navy and served during the Korean War. He was discharged in 1954 achieving the rank of aviator electrician's mate second class. Wendell then attended Wayne (NE) State College, where he received a B.A. in business education. He later attended San Francisco State College and was awarded an M.A. degree. In 1989 Wendell married Joyce (Jef) Stansfield in Sebastopol. They were happily married for 23 years. Wendell had a long career in education, serving as a business teacher, athletic director and dean of students. He retired from Rancho Cotate High School in 1990. Wendell was a member of ICF and his poker group. He enjoyed rock work, wine making, travel, working on his acreage, skiing and fishing with Scott, walking, and most of all his family and friends. Wendell is survived by his spouse, Joyce (Jef) of Sebastopol, step son Rob (Lisa) Stansfield of Clearlake, Susan Stansfield of Georgia, granddaughters, Brittany and Ashley of Clearlake, brother Merle (Joan) McCrea of Glidden, sister-in-law Bonnie McCrea of Sac City, nieces and nephews, other relatives and a plethora of friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Scott; parents, Sherm and Goldie; and his brother John Sherman McCrea Jr. A celebration of life will be held at his home at 1:00 p.m. Saturday April 13. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Petaluma Hospice, 416 Payran St., Petaluma, CA 94952.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Mar. 30 to Apr. 7, 2013