Gary Reuben (Gus) Wendt, born 01 March 1941, was the second child of Gerhardt and Meta Wendt. He was a graduate of Waukesha High School where he met his wife Rita, whom he married in 1958. Together for almost 60 years, they raised four children: Mary, Marjorie, Marsha and Gene, and have 10 grandchildren.
Gus shared his love of sports with his children, teaching them layups and how to throw a softball, and attended as many of their sports events during school years as he could. He loved jokes- the cornier, the better, and was so happy when grandchildren came along so a new generation could hear them. For many years, he and Rita traveled extensively with their friends the Labinskis, Meskes and Bauses and biked with a group called Geezers ‘n Gears.
Gus loved being a grandpa to Chenzo and Maddie; he and Chenzo were Thursday night Euchre partners against Mary and grandma, and he shared his love of cinnamon toast (or frosting) for breakfast with Maddie. He was also a happy step-grandpa to Mia, Renee, Becca, Danielle, Kevin, Amy, Brian and Steven, who came into his life when Mary, Marjorie and Gene married.
He is survived by his four children: Mary (Chris Moase), Marjorie (Jake Schwei), Marsha (Jim Hoeppner) and Gene (Laura), as well as many friends.
In keeping with his wishes, a celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, January 14th from 4-7 pm at the Red Circle Inn in Nashotah with an eco-friendly, green burial in Prairie Home Cemetery.
Thelen Funeral Services of North Prairie/Genesee is honored to be assisting the Wendt family.
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