Lee Irwin Wendte
May 3, 1948 — Aug. 19, 2013
Lee Irwin Wendte, died Aug. 19, 2013, in Oklahoma City.
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at Duncan City Cemetery under direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home and officiated by Tracy Wilson. There will be no visitation.
Lee was born May 3, 1948, as Lee Vaughn Bennar in Plainview, Neb., to Alvin and Vivian Vaughn Bennar. In 1952, Lee was adopted by Malvin and Clarice Wendte. Lee graduated from East High School in Sioux City, Iowa. He graduated from Barber College and then went into Navy, serving in Vietnam.
Lee married Rita Lundgren in Sioux City. They had two sons: Chad and Jeremy Wendte. Rita died in October of 1997. In 2002, Lee married Kathleen Myers in Duncan.
Lee worked for SWBT for 29 years as a customer service rep. After his retirement, he worked at the Stephens County Jail, Duncan Public Schools, Red River Vo-Tech and Hydro Rig.
Lee is preceded in death by his birth parents; his father, Malvin Wendte; and his brother, Alvin Bennar Jr.
Lee is survived by his wife, Kathleen; his mother, Clarice Nielsen of Sioux City, Iowa; sons: Chad Wendte of Lawton, and Jeremy and Flor Wendte of Chantilly, Va.; granddaughter, Jessica Guzman of Waurika; grandson, Brandon Wendte of Virginia; sisters: Darla and Jim Rock, Sharron and Ron Ryden, and Carolyn Wendte; brothers: Dave and Karen Bennar, Mike and Colleen Vaughn of Iowa, Dave and Lynn Carr of Missouri.
Condolences my be made online at www.granthamfuneralhomes.com.
Lee will be sadly missed by many of his friends. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be made to the Stephen County Humane Society.
May 3, 1948 — Aug. 19, 2013
Lee Irwin Wendte
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