Wendell was born July 11, 1962 in San Diego, California, to Waun and Pat Reed. He grew up in Irving and was baptized at age 12 at First Baptist Church. Wendell graduated from Irving High School in 1980 and continued his education at Northlake College and PCI earning his Patient Care Assistant Certificate. For many years, Wendell worked in the semi-conductor industry at Hitachi and, later, at Intel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He most recently worked for Pate Rehabilitation helping brain injured patients and owned and operated Big Tex Power Washing.
Wendell spent his spare time hiking and camping. He loved nature, especially the mountains. He found joy traveling with Mom to many fun destinations always returning home with beautiful scenic pictures to create photograph books. Wendell loved to cook, especially for special occasions. His favorite time of year was Christmas when he spent months planning the meals, games, and festivities for the annual family Christmas party. He had fun clowning around and loved to make people laugh, always preparing a humorous presentation pointed toward a particular family member at Christmas. He loved giving gifts and each year worked diligently to prepare a Christmas stocking for mom until it was overflowing. He always said the best part of Christmas morning was the stockings. Wendell took great pleasure in dressing up as an elf at Christmas and a rabbit at Easter, handing out candy to children at church or even IHOP. It was not uncommon to find him at the mall walking around handing a rose to a pretty girl or an elderly person to bring smiles to their faces.
Wendell loved his family most of all. He always said, “There’s no place like home with my Mama.” He and his sister, Jill, remained best friends all of their lives and had the opportunity to take several trips together. Wendell adored his nieces Katie, Shelby, and Danielle. He liked spending time with them and celebrated their joys and accomplishments in life. Wendell was a poet. His published book, Visions From An I, is filled with poetry written about special people in his life. He wrote poems for the funerals of those that preceded him in death: his father and two brothers, Mark and Kent. He even wrote poems to his sister to lighten her heart when her dog died. Wendell’s greatest joy in life was helping others; he always wanted people to be happy.
We will miss him – Son, Brother, Uncle, Nephew, Friend… But we rest in the knowledge that he is with Christ in His loving care.
The family will receive friends from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home, 606 West Airport Freeway in Irving. The service is 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 19 in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.
Donations in memory of Wendell may be made to the SPCA or charity of your choice.