TRAVERSE CITY — James Frederick Wendell Jr., 72, of Traverse City, died Dec. 27, 2013. Born and raised in Grand Rapids, he was the son of the late James and Bernice Wendell.
James graduated from East Grand Rapids High School, where he excelled in football, basketball and golf. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Dartmouth College.
James loved playing golf, watching sports and spending time with his family, friends and beloved dogs.
He dedicated his life to helping others and was always willing to offer advice, a ride, a meal or a home to those in need. His sense of humor, kindness and tenacious spirit touched everyone he met.
He survived by sister, Nancy Holmes; children, Deborah Wendell, Jeffrey Wendell, Angela Money, Brian Mayo, Melissa Green, Kenneth Wendell and Carissa Gross; 11 grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and many friends.
He was also preceded in death by his wives, Sharon Wendell in 1982 and Sandra Wendell in 2003; and his daughter, Kimberly Mayo in 2013.
A memorial service will be held Saturday Jan. 18, from 3 to 8 p.m., at the Platte River Association Hall, 12990 Honor Hwy., Honor, MI.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Cherryland Humane Society, 1750 Ahlberg Road, Traverse City, MI 49686; or AA Traverse City, 124 N Division St., Traverse City, MI 49684.
Arrangements are by Jowett Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Frankfort and Benzonia.