John Wendling
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John Michael Wendling

MANSFIELD: John Michael Wendling passed away from this world on December 15, 2014 at OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield following a brief illness.

John was born on June 11, 1946 to Joseph and Lois Jean Wendling. He graduated from St. Peter's High School in 1964 and immediately joined the United States Marine Corps. He was assigned to the 3rd Naval District Brig in New York City. He was sent to Vietnam and was a sniper with the 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. He returned home with numerous medals, including a Purple Heart.

John joined the Mansfield Police Department in June of 1968 and began as a "Beat Patrolman" walking "The Flats" of downtown Mansfield. During the 46 years of service, he spent 30 years as a detective and rose to the rank of sergeant and eventually lieutenant. He was in charge of the detective bureau for many years. John received numerous commendations and letters of appreciation for his excellent service to the community. He was a member of the Mansfield Police Pistol Team and won numerous trophies.

John, along with his brothers, had a gift for telling funny stories of things that occurred during their police days and also sad stories of events during the time they served their country in the Marines. John loved being a police officer and had a deep respect for the citizens of Mansfield and that became very apparent by the number of people from every walk of life that would stop to talk to him and show their respect to him.

John is survived by his wife, Karen Burggraf Eldridge Wendling. He is also survived by his mother, Lois Jean (Harold) Baughman.

When combining John and Karen's households, they had nine sons and two daughters, Scot (Gayle) Wendling of Lexington, Chris (Tammie) Wendling of Lexington, Shelley (Jeff) Boehm of Johnstown, Mark Wendling of Reno, NV, Matt (Katie) Wendling of Reno, NV, Tracy (Dave) Eldridge Meyers of Mansfield, Tim (Shuree) Eldridge of Mansfield, Michael Wendling of Lexington, Jeff Wendling of Ontario, Eric Wendling (Jenna) of Ontario, and Bryan Wendling of Cincinnati.

He is also survived by three brothers, Joseph (Candy) Wendling of Lexington, James (Janie) Wendling of Raleigh, NC, and Jan (Pam) Wendling of Mansfield; sister, Renata Mitzie (Gene) York of Ontario; brother-in-law, Michael (Sonya) Burggraf of Mansfield; and father-in-law, Richard Burggraf (Judy O'Hail) of Mansfield. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Zach, Jessica, Christopher, Whitney, Savannah, Taylor, Jay Jay, Michael, Seven, Quin, Cameron, Paige, Maddy, Peyton, Emma, and Tyson.

John was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Wendling, Sr.; brother-in-law, Richard Burggraf Jr.; mother-in-law, Patricia Burggraf; paternal grandparents, John and Margaret Wendling; maternal grandparents, Horace and Oral Jenkins; and nephew, David Wendling.

Family and friends are invited to visit on Thursday, December 18, 2014 from 2-8 p.m. at the Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98 S. Diamond Street, Mansfield. Memorial services presented by the Fraternal Order of Police will occur at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, December 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 104 West First Street, Mansfield. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Cops and Kids, F.O.P. Lodge #32, PO Box, 1632, Mansfield, Ohio 44901.

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I have fond memories of john and his wonderful family
Gail Jurgens
Friend
December 11, 2019
Johnny will be fondly remembered as a fun-loving classmate and caring teammate.
steve stuges
January 14, 2015
We were shocked and saddened when God called you so soon, perhaps to your new heavenly beat :) We will cherish the memories we made at St. Peter's School with you, including your playful disposition, the twinkle in your eyes when you smiled, your enjoyment of dancing and hoops, and of course your unfailing dedication to the Mansfield Poice Deprtment. Please meet us all at the pearly gates when we arrive. Fondly, Dave Massa, Mary Ellen McBride Mellen and the Class of 1964
Mary Ellen Mellen
January 12, 2015
Just found out today..our deepest Sympathies to your family. John grew up with Len, I grew up with Jim and Kenny grew up with Jan. Len has also passed 14 years ago. Our families were close. So sorry.
Lauren Sanders Laurie Davis
January 6, 2015
gail hannan jurgens
December 27, 2014
We had a lot of fun going thru school together and playing ball. You all will be my friends forever. I'm glad I got to stop and see him at work a while back. bless you all.
LeRoy Zink
December 27, 2014
For the Wendling family~

Officer John Wendling was one of my instructors at the Mansfield Police Academy in 1970. His younger brother, Jan, was one of my classmates. RIP brother officer.....
Phil Kempthorne (Lieutenant CID - retired)
December 25, 2014
My heartfelt sincere sympathy to John's entire family and friends. He will be missed. Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
December 22, 2014
My prayers and thoughts go to the family and children.
Jacque Conners
December 21, 2014
Shelley, Chris, Scott and The Wendling Family,
I am deeply saddened to hear of John's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you. I love John, as he was a very special part of my childhood. He is a great man and will be missed by every life he touched. May you find comfort and peace in all your treasured memories.

Love,
Lisa Cains (Harmony)
Lisa Cains (Harmony)
December 21, 2014
John was a fine officer, and I was lucky to know and work with him. Our condolences to the family. I hope he's found rest with our Lord.
Steve Webb
December 19, 2014
Jan, Joe, Jim, Mitzie and Gordon,
Hoping all of you find peace and joy in the happy memories of growing up in such a wonderful family, with a proud Marine Corp tradition, as the Wendlings.
Sincerely,
Jacques Glaze
Jacques Glaze
December 19, 2014
My sincere sympathy to all of the Wendling family. Thinking of all of you and praying for comfort and strength at this very trying time.
Linda Smallstey - Curry
December 19, 2014
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help at this time.
LESLIE E -Scheidler-Lamson
December 19, 2014
John and I were childhood friends and did not see each other for many years, But when we did it was always a joy. He was a great cop and friend, he will be missed.
john Booker
December 19, 2014
To the Wendling family: I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. He was once a friend of mine and a good man. I have a happy memory of him taking me to the Policeman's Ball when I was on City Council and we were both still so very young. How "dashing" he was that night. Peace be with you John and God be with all of your family. Most Sincerely, Kathy Baron, Former Mansfield Councilwoman.
Kathy Baron
December 18, 2014
So Sorry to all the family of John. he was a brave man the way he served. God Bless you all. RIP John.
michael shepherd
December 18, 2014
Mary and I extend our deepest condolences to the entire Wendling family. I have such fond memories of John during my service as an assistant county prosecutor---a great law enforcement officer, vigilant in the performance of his duties, yet personable and caring with regard to people from every station of life. We will miss you, John. Our prayers are with your family.
Ron & Mary Spon
December 18, 2014
Jan,
Am so sorry to hear about your brother John's passing. I always held you and your brothers in high respect and deservedly so. You were all raised to be great guys and Mansfield was the benefit of that. You have my deepest sympathy.

John Todd
Dallas, Tx.
December 18, 2014
I was so sorry to hear the news of John's passing. Prayers for all of his family near and dear. He was quite the joker but always the professional. He knew all of Mansfield and Mansfield is now missing someone who loved his hometown and his job dearly. RIP, John.
Gail Geary Griffiths
December 18, 2014
I am truly saddened to hear of John's passing. My deepest heart felt sympathies go out to you.....Joe, Jim, Jan, Mitzie, Gordon and all of the Wendling family.
Terry Carbetta
December 18, 2014
Jeff. Eric. Bryan and Diana prayers that our loving god will comfort you during this most difficult time my love to all
Chris corwin
December 18, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Debra morley
December 18, 2014
My family's sincerest and heartfelt condolences to your family. The Wendlings and the Mayers are synonymous to law enforcement in Richland County. John was a good man and will be missed.
Philip Alan B. Mayer and Family
December 18, 2014
So sorry for the loss of a truly great man...always have good memories from John..prayers for the family
Christina Kovinchick
December 18, 2014
Wendlings, prayers and thoughts from down south. I know that all of you are proud of John and his lifetime of serving God, Country, Corps, and Mansfield. They just don't make em like you guys anymore. Thanks to each of you for your service as well. Hugs to Mitzi, and your Mother. God bless John which I am sure he's done and God bless each of you for your service to not only to the Corps but to our hometown. Semper fi John, & Semper fi my Brothers!
MSgt Ron Dillon USMC Retired
December 18, 2014
Scott we are very sorry, you are in our prayers.
Chuck & Suzanna Hill
December 18, 2014
RIP , my Friend .. You will be missed ! You and your brothers (an Gordy) stories were unparalleled ..
Chad Bunfill
December 18, 2014
JEFF MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO YOU AND THE WENDLING FAMILY
KAREN BRISSELL
December 18, 2014
My deepest condolences to John's family. John was a very caring person and helped me through a very rough time. He was very professional but still compasionate. He will be missed.
Hope and Earl Lothery
December 18, 2014
Eric and Bryan , Sorry for your loss. I can not make it to the calling hours today.
December 18, 2014
Jeff,Your in my thoughts and prayer. Sorry to hear about the loss of your father.
Trudy McClintock
December 18, 2014
Rip sir you are one that truely deserves
Respect god comfert and bless the family
December 17, 2014
Prayers for the Wendling family...John was a super guy and a dear old friend.
Barbara Rachel
December 17, 2014
Our Condolences. Shirley Walker,Tony&Deb Walker & family.
Tony Walker
December 17, 2014
To the Wendling family, sorry to hear of your loss. John has left many wonderful memories that will always be in your heart.
Jack & Carole Bozeman
December 17, 2014
To all the Wendlings : May God be with you all during this sad time! I've known John for many years and he was always a very nice man! May he RIP! Prayers for you all!
Billie Davis
December 17, 2014
God Bless Jan, Stacy D., and the Wendling family. Your family is loved.
Brent and Darcie
December 17, 2014
What an inspiration for young people today. Don't know what more anyone could ask from an individual. John went far above and beyond the call of duty for mankind...his family and his country...God bless you John and RIP. To the family of John, our deepest and our most sincere sympathy. Semper Fi
Gary Galliway and Barbara Timmer Galliway.
December 17, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. John was a wonderful person and will be missed very much. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest condolences.
Judy Goldsmith
December 17, 2014
Jan, Joe, Karen and the entire Wendling Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss our breakfast's on the square where we spent so many good times. Over the years he was such a good friend and a privelige to have known him. May God comfort you all.
Harvey & Becky Kahl
December 17, 2014
Karen,I am continually praying for you my dear friend, the rest of the family as well.I will miss him deeply. Xoxoxo Angi
Angela Schnieders
December 17, 2014
We were deeply saddened to hear to John passing. Our hearts go out to the family in this time of sadness and we are praying for comfort and peace that passes our understanding. I will always remember his whit and how he made us smile:) Rest in Peace John Wendling and we will see you on the other side.
Robin, Mona, Kevin Ujoodha
December 17, 2014
Wendling Family: Our sympathies to all of you on the loss of John. He was a caring and kind-hearted person. May your memories help you through this difficult time. God Bless, Frank and Janet Ardis
Frank Ardis
December 17, 2014
To his many friends and family members: I'm so saddened by this news. Praying for you to find peace and comfort. John was a one of a kind and will be greatly missed.
Suzanne Barr
December 17, 2014
my deepest condolences go out to the wendling family
linda payton
December 17, 2014
Scotty, so sorry for your families loss!! May he rest in peace !!
David Cooley
December 17, 2014
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
David Cooley
December 17, 2014
Our prayers are with the Wendling family. Carl an Linda McNew
Carl McNew
December 17, 2014
Our prayers are with the Wendling family, Carl and Linda McNew
December 17, 2014
Karen, so sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Mike Cruse, Quincy Fl.
December 17, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers to the Wendling family.
Steve & Laurie Inscore
December 17, 2014
Wendling family,
My deepest sympathies on John's passing. Four years a Marine, forty six years a cop, less than a year a retiree. RIP John. Semper Fi to the Wendling family.
Chris Fisher
December 17, 2014
Sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in all your great memories.
Dale/Hub Tuber
December 17, 2014
Eric and Bryan we were so sad to hear of your dad's passing. You will be in our prayers, God Bless. Chloe and Jodie Pugh
Jodie Pugh
December 17, 2014
Jan, Joe and the Wendling Family,

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you. We lost one of the Good Ones!

Rick & Pam Dropsey
December 17, 2014
john was a good police officer and was good to people,i remember him from back when he was walking the beat and through the yrs at mr.t's after I got off work ,really sorry for your loss,and it is a big loss,but god will take care of him,my heart goes out to all the family,bless u all ,he will be miss by my kids,
mary townsend
December 17, 2014
A wonderful friend - some one you could count on.
God Bless your love ones
Vic - Greta Jones
December 17, 2014
John. Memories of us growing up and all the fun times are endless and precious to me. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I love you all. Linda Sickmiller Rhoads
December 17, 2014
THOUGHTS & PRAYERS TO YOU ALL.
Maurice King III
December 17, 2014
Prayers for the family. RIP John You will be so missed.
ann bowling
December 17, 2014
my thoughts are with the whole wendling family r.i.p. to my old friend
jim sims
December 17, 2014
So sorry to hear of this. John was a very remarkable man. He was a born leader, and had the respect of many. A very kind and thoughtful person. Prayers for the family in their time of need.
Pam & Pat Beaver
December 17, 2014
sorry about our loss my god bless
jim hester
December 17, 2014
So sorry for your loss. Sherri and David Pugh Cartersville, GA
December 17, 2014
John was a wonderful police officer and a great person all around. Mansfield lost a wonderful hero.
Prayers and condolences to John's family.
~ Jim & Connie Pagani &
Jamie Pagani-Emerson
December 17, 2014
My deepest condolences to the entire family. Marcia Gordon
December 17, 2014
RIP John, John was old school with a lot of experience, I had known of him since 1970 and can still see him walking the beat he was one of the good one's! John will be missed. My prayers and deepest sympathy to his family.
Tim Norris
December 17, 2014
John was a great guy. My heartfelt sympathies to all of the family. May God comfort and wrap His arms around you. God bless you.
Judy Jamison
December 17, 2014
Rest in Peace my dear friend. You will be sadly missed and your name will be forever recognized as a man who served this city and his country with great honor.
December 17, 2014
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. John will be truly missed.
Lee Litteral
December 17, 2014
My deepest condolence to the entire Family. John will be truly missed. John was a police officer that I can truly say was respected by all and wore his badge of accomplishments with honor. He treated everyone fair. He was a role model of a cop, detective. He will be missed. I wish there were more like him everywhere. He always had a smile. John rest in peace job well done.
Joyce Jefferson
December 17, 2014
Rest in peace brother. A true patriot, who loved his country. He will be missed by many. Our condolence to his family.
Rusty (Bonnie) Kemper
December 17, 2014
may your memory be eternal John I remember your humor and kindness from a long time ago. met you and your brothers through my brothers.
Angelina Spargo
December 17, 2014
Our deepest sympathy for your loss may John rest in peace in the LORD OUR FATHER
he's no longer in pain !!
Rick & Cheryl Elsass
December 16, 2014
R.I.P. Brother, Your are now walking a beat in Heaven.
Ed Ernsberger
December 16, 2014
So sorry for your loss. We will miss you John.
Larry and Kay Lauderbaugh
December 16, 2014
Sincere sympathy to the Wendling family. John was a man you can all be so proud of. God bless you all. Eileen Hartman
December 16, 2014
Our deepest sympathy. Sorry we can't be there but our thoughts and prayers are being sent to all.
Bob & Kathy Mack
December 16, 2014
God bless you John your in the arms of the
Angels R.I.P.Gary Schlupp
December 16, 2014
prayers to the family
Tina & Dave Ernsberger
December 16, 2014
Well loved and a true American hero. Rest in peace John.
Ron Beaire
December 16, 2014
My deepest condolences go out to the entire family. May u all find peace in time.
Teresa Castle
December 16, 2014
A great Mansfield Icon will be missed.
Mick Frye
December 16, 2014
Prayers to the family. So sad to hear of John's passing. I pray he is at peace and with the Lord. Stacey Hubbard
December 16, 2014
Pattie Thomas
December 16, 2014
So sorry for your loss. John was one special man.May he rest in peace
Gloria Hamilton
December 16, 2014
my prayers go out to the Wendling family..He will be missed by all of Mansfield
deb (bair) nelson
December 16, 2014
What a MAN.....he had such a good soul... Real passion for PEOPLE. He was one of a kind. So sad for his family&friends...
Sarah O'Bryan
December 16, 2014
My deepest sympathy to the entire Wendling family. Johns passing is a huge loss. May he RIP.
Billie Chester
December 16, 2014
So very sorry about John's passing. He was one of the "good guys" very best
Derrick Titus
December 16, 2014
My condolences to family and friends. John is/was an amazing man with a big heart. He will be missed.
Samantha Prince
December 16, 2014
A lot of young cops could of learned a lot from him.
kevin lambert
December 16, 2014
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