Barden, Wendall

Written by David Green.

Wendall P. Barden, 78, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 30, 2012, surrounded by his family, at Magnum Care of Adrian, Mich.

He was born March 29, 1934, in Lyons, Ohio, to Lowell and Iva June (Evers) Barden. Wendall retired from GM Powertrain, where he worked 21 years.

Wendall enjoyed playing euchre, loved his time at the lake fishing and boating, and enjoyed collecting John Deere tractors and listening to bluegrass music.

He is survived by his first wife, Patricia Hanna; children, Debra Rice, Karen (and Roy) Vires, Sharon (and Mike) Degroot, Gary (and Nancy) Barden, Brian (and Charlotte) Barden, and Bruce (and Melinda) Barden; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sisters, Alice Batdorf and Alta Mae Woodby.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Daniel Paul Barden; sisters, Beulah Gillen and Donna Vaculik; and brothers, Warren, Harold, Harlan, Gaylord and Maynard Barden.

Visitation is scheduled from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at the Weigel Funeral Home, 204 Chestnut St., Swanton, where a memorial service will begin at 7 p.m. with Rev. Donna Stutzman officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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