Wendell Anton Bacon

Bacon, Wendell Anton
Wendell Anton Bacon went in peace to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on August 28, 2013. He was 88. Wendell grew up in Naugatuck, Connecticut, and served honorably in the United States Army in World War II with the 923rd Field Artillery Battalion. After the war he graduated with distinction from the University of Connecticut where he studied business administration. He was a sales executive with Uniroyal and lived in several states before moving to Tempe, Arizona for retirement. In his youth, Wendell played the trumpet with his own band, and later employed his math skills in perfecting his pool game. He had a lovely voice that remained with him his entire life. He loved road trips through the scenic Southwest and appreciated a well-designed car. Wendell was well known for his wit, humor, and intelligence, and his last comment on earth made the nurses laugh out loud. Many will miss him. He is preceded in death by his parents Wendell and Linda Bacon and his sisters Eunice Pearson, Linda Kolb, Vivian Bushnell, and Ruth Solberg. He is survived by his daughter Wendy (married to Paul) Gabriel, grandson Mark, numerous nieces and nephews including Joy Otis, and many friends in Arizona. Burial service will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on Friday, Sept. 6, at 12:30. A memorial service will follow on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 9:00 a.m., at Kolby's Corner Pocket Billiards, 1301 E. University Dr., #112, Tempe, AZ. Professional services have been entrusted to Tempe Mortuary, telephone: (480) 829-7344.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 5, 2013