Donald Richard Wendt

May 23, 1938 - March 10, 2014
Donald Richard Wendt

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Donald Richard Wendt passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, March 10, 2014 after a courageous thirteen year battle with cancer. Donald was born in Lebanon, PA and graduated from Valley Force Military Academy. He also graduated from the University of Richmond School of Business and was in Theta Chi fraternity. He served in the United States Army at Lockport, NY. Don was employed in marketing and real-estate for 33 years with Texaco, Inc. and upon retirement he consulted for PMI for fifteen years. Upon moving to Williamsburg, he played golf and enjoyed his friends on the golf course as much as possible.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sallie Berkeley Wendt; a son Philip Campbell Wendt, wife Kate, and granddaughter Rose of Kansas City, MO; son Boyd Landon Wendt and wife Jillian of Herndon, VA; and two adopted by the heart grandsons Billy Lacey and Evan Graham, both of Williamsburg.

A memorial service will be held at Saint Martinís Episcopal Church, 1333 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. with a reception to follow. The family requests you come expecting to celebrate the life of a Child of God.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Heritage Humane Society 430 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185 and Camp Lighthouse Greater Peninsula Sentara Health Foundation (Hospice Services), 6015 Poplar Hall Drive, Suite 308, Norfolk, VA 23502-3819.


Saturday, March 29, 2014
12:00 AM

St. Martins Episcopal Church - Directions
1333 Jamestown Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185

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  • March 26, 2014
    Kimberly Carter says:
    "Dad Wendt" loved me unconditionally at a time in my life when I needed it most. I loved him like a father and he selflessly gave to me his love, time, wisdom and life lessons. He was never too busy to listen, teach and help me with whatever life challenges I was facing as well as share in my joys and accomplishments. He is one of the best people I have ever met and he helped shape the woman I have become. I remember one time when I was a teenager I was backing out of the Wendt's driveway and I accidently hit his immaculately kept car. UGH!I was so afraid to tell him that I waited until I got home to call Landon so HE could tell his dad. I told Landon, "I THINK I hit your dad's car." :) The next day, Don hugged me, patted my back, smiled (no doubt for my benefit) and all he said was "It's okay Kimberly, it's okay." I know Heaven is rejoicing to have his wonderful spirit. I am very blessed to have had him in my life.

  • March 16, 2014
    David Feldman says:
    Dear Sallie, One chapter of a long and wonderful book has closed. But the book lives on forever in each of us. Susan and I send our thoughts and prayers in this time of grief. David

  • March 17, 2014
    Emory Minnick says:
    Don worked for Texaco for 33 years. For 20 of those years I worked alongside and with him. I always knew I could get an honest assessment from Don. He would tell the truth as he saw any situation. Don had the rare gift to balance his actions to see what was best for both the customer and Texaco. I never knew a finer person. I will always remember Don as good friend. Emory

  • March 22, 2014
    sallie wendt says:
    Don,I shall always love you! And I miss you. Forever, Sallie

  • March 29, 2014
    Jim Arnold says:
    I am so glad I had the chance to talk with Don before he passed. Our lives had gone in separate paths the last 50 years. Don was from my hometown and was my Big Brother in Theta Chi at U of R. He was a great friend in our earlier years. Only wish that we would have kept up with our relationship in later years. My sincere sympathies to Sallie and the family. Jim Arnold