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Jeffrey P. Wendel

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Jeffrey P. Wendel

Place of birth: San Francisco, CA

Jeffrey Phillip Wendel, 70, died of liver cancer on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at his home in Solvang, California surrounded by his family and friends.

He was the son of William H. Wendel and F. Louise ‘Davey’ Wendel. He was raised in Lewiston, New York and attended Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. After serving in the army he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to raise his family. Jeff lived in Minneapolis for 34 years while working in the banking industry.

He is survived by his wife, Allyson Hayward Wendel; son Bryce and daughter-in-law Jeannie and three grandchildren, Adlina, Dean, and Lou of Santa Barbara, California; daughter Sarah Wendel and her significant other Brett Zingle of Sacramento, California; brother W. Hall Wendel, Jr. formerly of Wayzata, Minnesota; sister Christine Wendel and her wife Carole Anderson of Santa Fe, New Mexico; and niece Amy Wendel and her husband Dan Meisel of Santa Barbara, California.

A memorial service will be held in the late Spring of 2017 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the non profit organization Ice in Paradise, 6985 Santa Felicia Drive, Goleta, CA 93117 Attention: Wendel or online at Jeff’s adored grandchildren and his son Bryce are avid hockey players at this facility. Jeff believed that hockey is a sport that helps to build self-confidence, teaches team work, and strengthens self motivation. 

Please post your pictures with Jeff and memories of him for everyone to share and celebrate.

4 Responses

  • Gabrielle Rohde On

    Bryce and Sarah, I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing but so happy to know you were all together and able to celebrate Thanksgiving and a little Christmas with him. That was a wonderful gift for all of you. Your Dad always had a big smile and truly loved life - second only to the love he had for his family. Loosing a parent is such a tough passage. I hope that your wonderful memories will bring you comfort at this very difficult time. Sending you big hugs and hope to see you soon.

  • Riley O'Brien Powell On

    Bryce, I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your father from here to the next incredible place. Though he is no longer with you in body, and nothing can replace that, I wish for you not only wonderful memories with him but also a continuing sense of his presence watching over you and your family. I haven't seen your dad in person since we worked in the same office downtown. And it's hard to believe that he and his booming presence has moved on. Even though I knew he was quite busy at work I used to regularly stop in his office to ask about you and the grand kids, who he was of course so proud of and loved to talk about. I wish you love and comfort through your grief, through this holiday through all the times your kids ask you about your dad. May you all remember him well. Xo Riley

  • maria hermann On

    I was deeply saddened to hear of Jeff's passing. I met Jeff in 1985 when he spoke at the treatment center. Following my 7 months of treatment, he gave me at job! I worked for him at NGA. He meant a lot to me. In particular in my sobriety. He has always been so supportive in many ways. I was happy to spend an afternoon with him while he was in Minnesota awhile ago to share my gratitude of his support and friendship over the years. Even in his own struggles and life matters he was like a big brother to me that made me feel that he cared about my life. I am so very grateful i was able to say goodbye. He was a good man and a cherished friend to me. My sincerest condolences to his children and family.

  • Marie Gravesande On

    So very sorry for the loss of your dear one. In times of this nature, all of us need encouragement and comfort, how we appreciate those who lovingly offer it! Comforting implies taking time to listen, understand, and help. I pray that you find that with your ‘family and friends’ as well as the promises of Jesus at Luke 23:43 where he said: “Truly I tell you today, you will be with me in Paradise.” A better place.


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