FORT LORAMIE -Theodore "Ted" R. Wendeln, 73, of Mason Road, of Fort Loramie, passed away following a 23-year battle with cancer, early Tuesday morning, March 19, 2013, at Elmwood Assisted Living of New Bremen.
He was born Sept. 19, 1939, in Fort Loramie, to Harry and Arnolda (Hilgefort) Wendeln. On Oct. 10, 1964, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Minster, Ted married Gail (Feldman) Wendeln, who survives.
Also surviving are three children, Bryan and Heather Wendeln, of Raleigh, N.C., Matthew Wendeln, of Cincinnati and Tiffany and Christopher Connors of St. Petersburg, Fla.; one granddaughter, Gwendolyn Connors; one brother, Charles and Kay Wendeln, of Russia; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Wendeln, of Fort Loramie, Irma Wendeln, of Sidney, Tom and Carol Feldman, of Minster, Joan Earley, of Minster and Victor Rutschilling of Osgood.
He was preceded in death by both parents; one daughter, June Ann Wendeln; siblings, Al and Jean, Don and Laura, and Leo Wendeln, Rita and Ed Hasselman and John Wendeln; sister-in-law, Judy Rutchilling; and brother-in-law, Bill Earley.
Ted was a 1957 graduate of Fort Loramie High school. He also served for three years in the Ohio Army National Guard based in Covington. In the summer of 1963, Ted studied mechanics at Fort Sill, Okla. He finished his discharged time on Indian Town Gap Army Base in Central, Pa. Mr. Wendeln was retired from the former Fort Loramie Cast Stone Products where he had been manager of the Wendeln family business since his father passed away in 1965. Years ago, after high school, Ted had been employed a few years at Copeland in Sidney. Ted was retired from the Fort Loramie Fire Department where he had been a past fire chief for 12 years. He was a member of the Fort Loramie American Legion Post 355, the Fort Loramie Racing Club and the Minster Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 1391. In his leisure, Ted enjoyed fishing, traveling and a good game of golf. Ted attended St. Michael Catholic Church and had also been a member of St. Remy Catholic War Veterans.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013, at St. Michael Church in Fort Loramie with the Rev. Steven Shoup presiding. Interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery.
Friends may call Friday 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 to 10 a.m. at Gehret Funeral Home in Fort Loramie.
Memorials may be made to the Mike Hoying Scholarship Fund or the Fort Loramie Fire Department.
Condolences may be expressed at www.gehretfuneralhome.com