Rich Wendt followed dream to own ranch
Memorial services for Richard Wendt, 67, of Glenham, were held Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at Family Worship Center in Mobridge.
Burial will be Thursday at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Richard passed away Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen.
Richard L. Wendt was born Oct. 23, 1945, in Mobridge to William and Pauline (Wessel) Wendt. He grew up in Mobridge and attended school there, graduating from Mobridge High School in 1963.
Following high school, Richard attended vocational school in Springfield and studied building trades. In 1965 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy, Richard served two tours of duty in Vietnam before his honorable discharge in October of 1968. Richard was very proud to have had the privilege of serving his country and continued to show his respect for fellow veterans by volunteering to drive the American Legion van to the VA Medical Hospital in Sturgis, transporting patients.
Following his discharge from the Navy, Richard attended Northern State College where he played basketball. In 1972 he returned to Mobridge and began his career with Montana Dakota Utilities, which lasted 27 years. He worked as a lineman and later as the foreman of the line crew.
Following his retirement from MDU, Richard pursued his lifelong dream of ranching. In 1989 the family moved to the ranch near Glenham, where he had since lived and ranched.
Richard married Peggy Kasch on Sept. 7, 1974, and to this union three children were born, Mark, Darin and Amanda.
Richard loved all sports and rodeo. He took great passion in watching young people compete in all types of sporting events and took pride in them when they did well. He often added their picture to his collection of photos of young people competing.
Richard was very active in his community. Over the years he served on the Mobridge Rodeo Association board, serving as its president from 2002 to 2004. He also served on the CamWal board for 12 years.
Throughout his life, Richard worked with Garrett Van Vugt doing carpenter work and for Paul Steen erecting steel buildings.
Richard is survived by his wife, Peggy of Glenham; two sons, Mark (Kirsten) Wendt of Alcester and Darin Wendt of Aberdeen; and one daughter, Amanda Wendt of Glenham; granddaughter, Prairie Madison Wendt; two sisters, Cheryl (Byron) Perrine of Bird Island, Minn., and Debi (Lanny) Saintsing of Mobridge; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Honorary bearers include the very special young people in his life, granddaughter, Prairie Madison Wendt, Cash and Rudie Hepper, Morgan and Kendra Wolff, Shawna Madison, Pearson, Reece and Channing Wientjes, Jackson, Olivia and Cayci Spencer, also Bill Perine, Sarah Perine, Rod and Cheryl Moon, Tom and Nancy Hepper, Adolph and LaVerne Hepper, Davis and Wanda Martin, Bill and Peg Schell, Skip and Judy Larson, Faron and Marilyn Schweitzer, Dave and Sheila Lipp, Jack and LuAnne Morris, Steve and Rick Christman, Dean and Joann Wendt, Jim and Fran Peterson, Casey Perman, Ken and Roxanne Ripley, Ross and Kari Wientjes, Jack and Rhonda Schock, Emil Perman, Red and Audrey Traversie, Roger and Bonnie Thorstenson, Mary and Monica Lawrence and Justin and Jenny Lawrence, Byron Becker, Larry and Shirley Schanzenbach, Bernie and Dorothy Tibbs, Hoagies Bar & Grill crew, Jeff Bonn and the CamWal Electric Board of Directors.