Wayne F. Brendel
MUSCATINE, Iowa – Wayne F. Brendel, 66, of Muscatine, died Tuesday, November 15, 2005, at Unity Hospital.
Funeral Service will be 10 a.m. Friday, November 18, 2005, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Reverend Richard Sebeniecher of the New Hope United Methodist Church will officiate the service. Honorary bearers will be Bill McDowell and Kenny Gerst. Casket Bearers will be Adam Starkweather, Gene Castle, Wayne Castle, Warren Clark Jr., Denny Jarrett and John Neipert. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery with Military Rites provided by the combined squads of the American Legion Post 27 and the VFW Post 1565. A funeral luncheon will be held at New Hope United Methodist Church following the committal.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, November 17, 2005, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Louisa Co. Assoc. (LCA) Vietnam Veterans for the up keep of the memorial at Grandview Corners or the Muscatine Humane Society.
Wayne was born on November 12, 1939, in Letts, the son of William F. and Dorothy J. Johnson Brendel. He married Terry L. Everett on January 9, 1986, in Muscatine, and became the best Dad in the world to Adam.
Wayne served in the US Army from 1964-1966, including a tour in Vietnam. He was an avid patriot and loved his country.
He retired in 1994 after working for 33 years at Grain Processing Corporation in the Starch Plant, Protein Plant and finally Central Stores.
He was a member of the LCA Vietnam Veterans, American Legion, V.F.W., Masonic Lodge and the New Hope United Methodist Church where he was choir director until his health caused him to retire.
While he was still able, he volunteered at the Muscatine Humane Society. He also shared with the students in Muscatine Schools about his experiences as a soldier in the Vietnam War. He drove a stock car for many years and followed NASCAR. He coached little league for 35 years, retiring in 1999. He was a life-long Cardinal, Bears and Iowa Hawkeye fan. He crafted many wonderful items from his home business, WeeBee’s Workshop. Through the years, he was on many bowling teams.
Survivors include his wife, Terry L. Brendel of Muscatine; two sons, Adam Everett and wife Melissa, of Iowa City, and Bill Brendel of Madison, Wisconsin; two daughters, Joan Brendel and Jenny Brendel, both of Muscatine; seven grandchildren, Luke and Haley Everett, Madi and Richie Dilts, Danie Eggers, and Lauren and Jake Brendel; his father, William F. Brendel of Muscatine; one sister, Diana Oldfield and husband, Chuck, of Fruitland; two sisters-in-law, Colleen Neipert and husband, John, of Wapello, and Billie Jo Gilpin of Waldorf, Maryland; and two brothers-in-law, Bill McDowell and wife, Janean, of Austin, Texas, and Steve McDowell of Muscatine; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother in July of 2004.