Mr. Wendell Gus Londagin, 70, Anderson, departed this life on Wednesday evening, Aug. 22, 2012, at Freeman Hospital in Neosho, after suffering an apparent heart attack.
Wendell entered this life on Feb. 18, 1942, in Gravette, Ark., born to the union of the late Luther and Lola (Hunter) Londagin. He was raised in Gravette and was a 1961 graduate of Gravette High School. He served his country in the Army National Guard for 17 years.
On April 16, 1981, he was united in marriage to Sally J. (Hatzfeld) Perkin and together they have shared the last 31 years.
He had worked for Bear-Brand Hosiery in Rogers, Ark., and King Press in Joplin, before retiring from Wal-Mart in 2005. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Anderson, where he taught “The Boys” Sunday School Class. He was also a member of the Farm Echoes of Yester Year tractor club, the Model “A” Restorers Club and the Master Gardeners Club. He enjoyed old cars, tractors, farming and was an avid collector. He loved spending time in his garage with his grandchildren and was always finding treasures to purchase and give to them.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a granddaughter, Allie Lett.
Wendell is survived by his wife, Sally Londagin of the home; five daughters, Wendi Nickel and husband, Leith, Bella Vista, Ark., Jennifer Wellesley and husband, Steve, Neosho, Tracy Lett and husband, Brad, Neosho, Tammie Wright and husband, Jamie, Rogers, Ruby Shaffer and husband, Jake, Neosho, and a foster daughter, Regina Testerman St. Louis, Mo.; two sons, Brent Londagin, Jefferson City, Mo., and Raymond Londagin, Springfield, Colo.; 25 grandchildren; one brother, Willard Londagin and wife, Sonia, Bentonville, Ark.; a sister, Glenda Gano and husband, Walt, Glendora, Calif.; his mother-in-law, Opal Hatzfeld, Anderson; a sister-in-law, Sue Mann and husband, Jerry, also of Anderson; several nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Londagin are at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27, in the Anderson Chapel of the Ozark Funeral Homes with Bro. Buddy Funk officiating. Burial will follow in the Anderson Cemetery, Anderson. Those honoring his life by serving as pallbearers are Tim Shelnutt, Ivan Drake, Dale Dorsey, Mark Bunn, Sam Spencer, Junior Pratt and Max Wallain. His fellow members of the Tractor Club will be serving as honorary pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel.
On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our website www.ozarkfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson.