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Wendel Guy

A celebration of life for  Wendel Guy, 74 of Washington, will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Washington, with Pastor Maureen Howard officiating.  Visitation will be held Friday, April 25, from 4:30 – 7 PM at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Washington.  Wendel's body has been cremated and burial will be held at the Elm Grove Cemtery at a later date.  In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established for the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Friends of Lake Darling and the American Legion Post #29.  Wendel Guy died Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at St. Lukes Hospital in Cedar Rapids. The Beatty Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Wendel Guy was born September 17, 1939 in Brighton, Iowa the son of L. P. "Hap" and Mabel (Engel) Guy.  He graduated from Brighton High School and later received an Associates Degree in sales from Kirkwood Community College.  He served in the United States Air Force from 1958 – 1963.  In 1964 he was united in marriage to Marla VaLeu, the couple later divorced and he was married to Lorraine (Spurgeon) Hughes in 1980.  Wendel was a farmer and later worked at Yoder Feeds in Kalona, sold silos for AO Smith Harvestor, sold cars in Washington and Mt. Pleasant, was a rural mail carrier for route 3 in Washington, and was a stained glass artist.  He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Friends of Lake Darling, Washington American Legion Post #29; where he was instrumental in organizing the color guard, Brighton Masonic Lodge, Order of the Eastern Star, Order of the White Shrine and the Shriner's.  Wendel enjoyed collecting and riding Cushman Scooters, creating stained glass pieces, and spending time with his kids and grandkids.  He took pride in providing graveside services for veterans, and was always willing to share his faith and help others; including providing rides to appointments for countless folks.

Survivors include his wife Lorraine of Washington, IA,  two children; Nathan Guy of Cedar Rapids, IA, Angie (Rodney) Steckly of Kalona, three step children; Wanda (Roger) Hughes Pfeifer of Lawrence, KS, Theresa Hughes of Washington, IA, Yvonne Hughes of Maryland, eight grandchildren; Benjamin Gingerich, Haley, David, Malory, Shea, Ashley, Briley, and Brady, one great grandchild; Jeslynn, one brother; Lathol Guy of Brighton, IA, four sisters; Wanda (Jack) Mapel of New Mexico, JoEllen Schimmelpfennig of Forest City, IA, Nadine Taglauer of Fairfield, IA, Barb (Boyd) Stephens of Crawfordsville, IA, one sister in law; Mary (Gary) Lowry of Washington, IA, and three brother in laws; Robert (Wanda) Kientz of Germanville, IA, Dick (Charlotte) Morgan of Mesa, AZ, Don Hahn of Sigourney, IA, and a special friend; Tierna Stockley of Mechanicsburg, PA.

Preceding Wendel in death were his parents, a son in law; Scott Gingerich, one brother; Cedric Guy and three sisters; Mary Aletha Kientz, Chris Morgan and Vada Hahn.

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Lorraine, you are in my thoughts and prayers.May your good memories help you through this difficult time.

Rose Mary Charbonneau Apr 19 2014 12:00 AM

Mr. Guy was our mail carrier until his retirement. Every time we would meet up with him, he would ask about the children - he remembered them running around the yard when he would come with the mail. He just recently helped with Dorcas' father's funeral military rights - he was such an encouragement during that tough time. May the Lord grant you much comfort at your time of grieving.

Rob & Dorcas Jarrard Apr 14 2014 12:00 AM

Wendall has always been a great neighbor, stopping to chat with everyone. I already miss his smiling face and his inquiries about how I am and about the state of the world.He willbe greatly missed.

Jana Nieman Apr 12 2014 12:00 AM

I met Wendel at Sembach AFB, Germany in 1959.We spent many happy moments together since then, especially our trip to Maine with our USAF buddy, Cal Farrell.We all can be very proud to share Wendel's service to God and Country.Rest In Peace my friend, your challenge on earth has been won. My condolences to his family.

Al Groft Apr 10 2014 12:00 AM

Our condolences to Wendel's family.

Gary and Barb Duder Apr 10 2014 12:00 AM

hi to Wendels' familyVisiting with him was always good he seemed to know a lot about many thingsI do have a glass window that he created for me and it is very nice-a great remembrance of himI enjoyed seeing him at auctions which I think he truly enjoyed I am sure that with all the memories he createdhe will not be forgotten by all that knew him Our Sympathy to all his loved ones

toots gowey conrad Apr 9 2014 12:00 AM

Wendel and my mother (Mary Dawson) worked together at the Washington, Iowa post office for many years.I met him very briefly, but I do know that he was a very talented and nice man.May good memories of Wendel surround your family during this time.

Sue Ellen Hegstrom Apr 9 2014 12:00 AM

To Wendel's family, We will miss him, he was a good friend, took many scotter rides with them, vacations and lots of eating out.I was lucky to learn stained glass from him, we had a lot of fun with that. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.If you need anything please let us know. Love Rich and Tammy Crull

Tammy Crull Apr 9 2014 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Wendell.He was a very good man.I got to know him through his stained glass business Ron Bennett

ron bennett Apr 9 2014 12:00 AM

Rest is now yours, Wendel.To Nathan & Angie, Lorraine & girls, and all the extended family, our thoughts are with you.Wendel's smile and humor and the support that he gave Andy, Suzy & I in the years we were alone will always be remembered.

Gary & Mary Lowrey Apr 9 2014 12:00 AM