William H. Wendling Naples, FL William H. 'Bill', 'Billy' Wendling, 63, died March 14 2013. Billy was born October 10, 1949 in Elmhurst, IL. While growing up he lived in Mount Prospect and Arlington Heights, IL. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1973 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Physical Education. This was followed by a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology at Colorado State University. Bill has resided in Naples since the early 1980's. He worked with the Ritz Carlton and Registry Resort before joining the Naples Community Hospital (NCH) Wellness Center for the remaining 24 years. He was instrumental in building the three Wellness Centers for NCH. The most recent being the world class Dr. John N. Briggs Wellness Center. His Peak Physique brand name will never be forgotten. Bill is preceded in death by his parents, William C. and Vivian B. Wendling. Billy is survived by his nephews, Adam C. and Dustin T. Wendling, both currently residing in Colorado. Brother Mark G. and Marilyn F. Wendling in Franklin, TN. Also his friend, Cynthia Bennett of Naples, FL. In lieu of flowers, please offer donations to the Collier County Humane Society as Bill spent much time enjoying dog walking and adopting his own pets. There will be a gathering with Adam and Dustin to celebrate Billy's incredible and memorable life. Please join us at the Chickee Bar behind the Cove Inn (900 Broad Avenue South) on Monday, March 25, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. This will be the memorial services for an incredible man, who if you knew him, would appreciate comfortable dress, big smiles, and good memories with great friends in old Naples.
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Published in Naples Daily News on Mar. 23, 2013.