Harold Wendel, of Klemme’s Corner, was born on January 14, 1937 in Klemme’s Corner, the son of George and Blanche Beesley Wendel. He married Doris Hofer on June 5, 1956 in Harrison, Ohio. Together they raised 2 children and farmed in Klemme’s Corner until she passed away. On July 3, 2004 in Yorkville, Harold wed Marjorie Hornbach Miller, and she survives. He was passionate about farming and loved being his own boss. You might have called him a self-taught engineer – there was always something to create, solve, or repair. Harold also liked to read, travel, play cards, and eat out, especially when he could enjoy a good steak. On Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at the age of 80, Harold passed away at the Waters of Batesville.
Those surviving who will cherish Harold’s memory include his wife, Marjorie Wendel; children, Connie (John) Flaspohler of St. Mary’s, son, Steve (Linda) Wendel of Brookville; grandchildren, Bryan (Rachel) Wendel, Emily (Brandon) Prifogle, and Lauren (Adam) Boesken; 5 great grandchildren; step-children, Marilyn (Greg) Laudick of Yorkville, Barbara Pierson of Yorkville, Janet (Dale) Freese of Batesville, Geraldine (Mike) White, Patrick Miller, Michael (Sherry) Miller, and Mary Beth (Brian) Ballard, all of Yorkville; 18 step-grandchildren; 8 step-great grandchildren, and one sister, Bonnie (Jim) Turner of West Harrison. Besides his parents and first wife, Doris, he was preceded in death by a son, Donald Wendel, and 3 step-children, Carol Hester, Terry Miller and Teresa Miller.
Friends may visit with the family on Friday, July 14, 2017 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Dr. Harold Shackelford will officiate the service on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be directed to Hospice of Margaret Mary-Batesville, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or a Food Pantry of choice. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Harold Wendel.