Jere Allan Wendt, 74

Jere Allan Wendt, 74, of Lakeville, died at 8:50 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel in Wesley Chapel, Fla.

He was born Nov. 2, 1941 in Peru, to John and Doris (Line) Wendt.

Jere was a 1959 graduate of Peru High School and attended Indiana University in Bloomington. He married Pamela Adkins Oswalt in South Bend, on May 14, 2008; she preceded him in death on October 3, 2009.

In 1962, he was a founding partner of Wendt LLP, Wabash and Mishawaka, a heavy equipment company. He attended the Church of Christ in North Liberty, and the Heritage Church in Lutz, Fla. Jere enjoyed collecting trains, and donated and volunteered at the Central Pasco and Gulf Railroad at Crews Lake Park in Shady Hills, Fla. He was a member of the Lakeville Lions Club and was affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous for more than 30 years. He was a long-time Wabash County resident. 

He is survived by five children, Wendy Black of Land O’ Lakes, Fla., Clark (Amy) Wendt of Wabash, Tosha Oswalt and Amy Oswalt, both of South Bend, and Regina Zimmerman of Edwardsburg, Mich.; 14 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Michael (Donna) Wendt and Randy (Jill Brandt) Wendt, both of Wabash, and John David  (Donna) Wendt of Lagro; and his loving dog, Cie Cie.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and his son-in-law, Johnny Black.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Tim Stewart officiating. Entombment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, in Mishawaka. Friends may call Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, 2-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Posted on 2016 Aug 30