Ronald Borden Wendell completed his earthly journey and went to live forever with his Lord April 10, 2014.
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He was born June 7, 1933 to Gladys B. and William J. Wendell in Utica, N.Y. and was second of their seven children.
Ron was raised in upstate New York, where he eventually met and married Donna Marie Gleasman. They were blessed with three children.
He was employed by General Electric in Utica, N.Y. for 16 years, and when the family relocated to Madeira Beach in 1972, he was employed by Honeywell Inc. They moved to Williston in 1986.
Ron was always involved in something. He was a volunteer fireman for many years in Schuyler and Prospect, N.Y. He helped start a volunteer ambulance service in Prospect, N.Y. and served as both a driver and medical attendant. He was an elected Republican committeeman and served as interim mayor in Prospect at one time.
He was a 32nd Degree Mason and member of the Shriners.
Ron loved the old time country music and was a faithful watcher of RFD-TV. He was a fan of NASCAR and spent many Sunday afternoons watching the races. He loved antiques and "anything old", especially old cars. Most of all he loved his family.
Ron is survived by his wife of 61 years, Donna Marie Wendell; children, Deborah Anne Griffin, Althea (Jesse) Jenkins and Traveler (Lori) Wendell; grandchildren, Rebecca Jenkins and Jerimiah (Alexis) Jenkins and great-grandchildren, Kaleb Moreno-Griffin and Jaxon Jenkins.
He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, William (Jane) Wendell, Gary (Maggie) Wendell, Roger (Jennifer) Wendell, Nancy (Donald) Jones and Gladys (James) Van Pelt. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.
Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, John "Jack" Wendell and his great-granddaughter, Lisa Marie Griffin.
There will be a celebration of Ronald's life Saturday, April 19 at 4:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Light refreshments will be served afterward in the fellowship hall.
Please bring your happy memories and stories to share.
Donna prefers no cut flowers–she loves living plants that she can continue to enjoy in Ron's memory.
Published in Williston Pioneer on Apr. 17, 2014