William F. Wendorf, 85, father of two Plover residents, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, following a stroke complicated by a lifelong battle with multiple sclerosis.
A small private family service will be held Friday, Nov. 29, with interment in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Beaver Dam.
The family requests memorials be made to the Beaver Dam Hospital Auxiliary at 707 S. University Ave., Beaver Dam, WI 53916 or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at 1800 Appleton Road Suite 2, Menasha, WI 54952.
Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.MurrayFH.com.
Mr. Wendorf was born Sept. 10, 1928, in Oconto, a son of the late Helen Ford Wendorf and Lawrence “Coppy” Wendorf. He graduated from WausauHigh School in 1947.
He received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Lawrence University in Appleton in 1951.
He was an officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955. He served in the Korean Conflict from 1951-1955 as a navigator.
He began his insurance career at Sentry Insurance in 1956. He worked for Sentry Insurance from 1956 until his retirement in 1985. He received several insurance sales awards of distinction and Top Performer awards throughout his tenure.
He was married to Mary Jo Cassidy March 16, 1953, in Wausau. She died March 29, 2010.
Survivors include two sons, Michael (Virginia McDowell), St. Louis, Mo., and Robert (Lisa), Plover; one daughter, Elizabeth (Curtis) Thompson, Plover; and six grandchildren, Erin, Kristin and Scott Wendorf, and Jessica, Joe, and Lauren Thompson.