Wendell 'Lee' Tackett, 72

Wendell "Lee"  Tackett, 72, of Wabash, went to be with his Lord and Savior at 1:55 a.m.,  Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, surrounded by his family. 

He was born July 20, 1944 in Paintsville, Ky., to Cecil and Ora (Haney) Tackett.

Lee married Kathy Hampton in Wabash on July 12, 1963.  He retired from General Tire after 21 years and also owned Aunt Kathy's Kitchen, both in Wabash. 

He was the former vice president of the United Rubber Workers Local 626, and he also served as president of the retirees group of the union,   He was a member and head trustee at the Christian Heritage Church, and also was an ordained minister for several years.  He loved serving the Lord.  Lee was an avid Kentucky Wildcats fan, enjoyed being a vendor at the Farmer's Market, playing golf, watching his grandchildren participate in sports, and enjoyed a good debate.  His greatest treasure was his family, and he loved his wife, children, and grandchildren. 

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Tackett of Wabash; two daughters, Lisa (Dave) Stone of Howell, Mich., and Amy (Dave) Cole of Wabash; five grandchildren, Jacob Lee Hinson of Fishers, Joshua D.  (Traci) Hinson of Anderson, Jessica L. Hinson of Howell, Mich., Noah D. Cole of Wabash, and Kayla R. Cole of North Manchester; three great-grandchildren, Royce Hinson of Anderson, Kami Wheat and Kasen Cole, both of North Manchester; brothers and sister, Phillip (Sue) Tackett of Johnstown, Ohio, Cecil "Curtie" (Marlene) Tackett and Jane (Paul) Meade, both of Paintsville, Ky; in-laws, Kenneth Wright of Louisa, Ky., Chris (Frank) Barber of St. Joseph, Mo., and Hannah Tackett of Chillicothe, Ohio; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Willis Tackett, and sister, Alma Wright.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, March 13, 2017 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Pastor Tim Prater officiating.  Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 2-6 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Christian Heritage Church Building Fund.

The memorial guest book for Lee may be signed at


Posted on 2017 Mar 09