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Wendell Wayne Hahn

1930 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Wendell Wayne Hahn Obituary
Wendell Wayne Hahn 1930 - 2018
Eagan, MN—Wendell Wayne Hahn, age 88, of Eagan, Minnesota, and formerly of Springfield, Illinois, passed away Monday, November 12, 2018.
He was born August 2, 1930 in Springfield, Illinois to Chester Earl and Edna Grace (nee Wheeler) Hahn.
Wendell is survived by his daughter, Nancy (Gary) Brown; daughter-in-law, Susan (late Steven) Simonds; sisters, Wilma (Joel) McNulty and Wanda (late Jay) Ethridge; grandchildren, Henry, Laura, Matthew, and Timothy; and great-grandchildren, Aiden, Sylvia, Matthew, and Madeleine.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth (nee Mittler); son, Steven; and grandson, Peter.
Wendell served his country in the United States Navy as a Quartermaster-Signalman on two ships during the Korean War. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Political Science with Honors from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He had a life-long affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America, serving as President of the Abraham Lincoln Council, Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor and OA Chapter Lodge Chief, and Silver Beaver Award recipient. Wendell was a long-term Chairman of the Silver Beaver Selection Committee, as well. In February, 2013, he was surprised and humbled to be awarded the Outstanding Eagle Scout Medal by the Eight-County Abraham Lincoln Council. It was given at the Illinois State Capitol Building before approximately 60 recent Eagle Scouts and their families. Wendell was the keynote speaker for this event. After a three-year tenure in Human Resources for RCA in Ohio, he returned to Springfield and became President, CEO, and Board Chairman of his family business, which his father established in 1925, Federated Funeral Directors of America. Under Wendell's guidance, Federated became a highly respected Financial Service firm, uniquely serving over 1,400 Funeral Homes all across the USA. He retired from the firm in 1995. He has addressed thousands of Funeral Directors on Ethical and Progressive business practices. After his retirement, Wendell thoroughly researched and authored a history of his family company, Federated. He was past chairman of the Illinois Governors Prayer Breakfast Committee, past officer and board member of the Dana-Thomas House Foundation, which was designed and built without budgetary constraints by Frank Lloyd Wright in Springfield, Illinois. Wendell served 10 years as a volunteer interpreter/guide. He was a 55-year member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church and a Past-President of the Church Council. He was involved in promoting their large expansion and renovation project in 2003-05. Wendell was a geriatric mentor at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, in the first such program for medical students in the Midwest. He was also a member of the Sangamo Club and Panther Creek Country Club, both in Springfield.
Memorial Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at The Commons on Marice, 1380 Marice Drive, Eagan, Minnesota.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, November 17 at Boardman-Smith Funeral Home, 800 South Grand Avenue, West, Springfield, Illinois, and also one hour prior to the 10:30 a.m. Funeral Service on Sunday, November 18 at the Funeral Home.
Wendell will be laid to rest with his wife, Ruth, in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield.
Memorials are requested to The Boy Scouts of America www.alincolnbsa.org/donate in his name.
Please visit boardmansmith.com to offer your condolences.
Published in Print in The State Journal-Register from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2018
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