VeteranChalmer Wendling

Chalmer E. "Chuck" Wendling, 91, of Rushville died at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15, 2011, at his residence.

He was born July 1, 1920, in Walton, Ind., a son of Woodroe Alonzo and Mary Edna Walker Wendling. He married Bette Marie Meade on July 4, 1942, in Kahoka, Mo. She died on April 7, 1999. He later married Jane Boyd on Dec. 16, 2000, in Rushville. She survives.

Also surviving are son, Scott Brian Wendling of Sacramento, Calif.; one daughter, Sally Vallillo of Moline; four stepsons, Jim (and Linda) Boyd of Ft. Worth, Texas, Jon (and Marilyn) Boyd of Chicago, Craig (and Brenda) Boyd of Jacksonville and Tom (and Jennifer Noe) Boyd of Park Ridge; one stepdaughter, Mindy Crum of Rushville; seven step grandchildren; and four step great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Hobart Wendling; and one sister, Bonnie Wendling Brown.

In high school he played football, track and field and was an all-state basketball player.

He was a Navy Veteran serving in World War II.

He was a member of South Park Presbyterian Church in Rock Island, Ill., where he sang in the choir. He presently attended Rushville First United Methodist Church.

He worked for International Harvester in Rock Island as a certified tool and die maker for 42 years before retiring as department foreman in 1982.

In later years, he enjoyed music theater, making his stage debut in Pandora's Playhouse Community Theater at age 82.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Rushville First United Methodist Church with Rev. Steve Pichaske and Mr. David Haney officiating. Inurnment will be held at Rock Island National Cemetery at a later date. Military rites were conducted by U.S. Navy Honor Detail and Schuyler American Legion Post #4. Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Rushville First United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be sent to www.worthingtonfh.com.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 10/19/2011

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