Earl Wendt

Earl L. "Buck" Wendt III

Saturday, September 4th, 1937 - Saturday, October 10th, 2020
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Earl L.“Buck” Wendt, of Moline, IL, died October 10 th , 2020, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, IA, after a courageous two year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Services will be Saturday, October 17th at 10 am, at Calvary Church Quad Cities, Moline, IL, with visitation on Friday, October 16th from 3 pm until 7 pm at Wendt Funeral Home, Moline, IL. Burial will be at Rose Lawn Cemetery, Moline, IL.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society
Earl L. “Buck” Wendt was born in Moline, IL on September 4, 1937, to Earl and Helen (McClean) Wendt, Sr.   He married Sandra Gernant on August 24, 1958, in Moline.  Later, on January 2, 1985, in Maui, Hawaii, he married Coralie G. Leasenby, who survives.
Earl “Buck” graduated from Moline High School and then graduated from Worsham School of Mortuary  with a degree in Mortuary Science.  He was then employed as a funeral director for his father and Uncle, Richard Wendt at Wendt Brothers Funeral Home. During the 1960’s while Wendt Brothers Funeral Home had an active ambulance service, he was also a Red Cross First Aid Instructor.   After the death of his father, he became a partner with his Uncle Rich and brothers until his Uncle’s retirement in 1985 at which time he then acquired ownership and operated Wendt Brothers Funeral Home/Wendt Funeral Home until his death. 
Earl “Buck” served as Moline Alderman 2 nd Ward from 1971-1973 and then was elected and served as Mayor of Moline from 1973 – 1977.  He was a member of First Congregational Church in Moline, designated Head Usher for many years; the Masonic Lodge 1014 AF&AM – 32 nd Degree Mason – “High 12”, Scottish Rite Valley of Moline, past President of the Moline Lions Club, the Rotary Club, S.A.R. (Sons of American Revolution), past President of Rock Island County Historical Society, past President of the Mississippi Valley Region Antique Automobile Club of America, Eastern Star, Kaaba Shrine, and “Over the Hill” Coffee Group.
 His enjoyments included collecting antiques, working on his vintage cars and traveling around the world and spending the winters at their home in Sarasota, Florida.  “Buck” will be remembered for living life to the fullest, with compassion, integrity and humor.  He was friendly and approachable to anyone and everyone and was an extraordinary person to all that knew him.
Survivors include his wife Coralie; children daughter:  Beth Jacobs of Moline; a son: Earl “Boo” (Tamara) Wendt of Moline; a daughter: Susan Brunat of Rockford, IL; two grandchildren, Shelby (Jason) Wentland of Machesney Park, IL, Elliott Jacobs of East Moline and one great grandchild, Alyssia Wentland; two brothers: George Wendt (Jeanie) of Bloomington, IL, and Patrick (Candace) Wendt of East Moline. Numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, William Wendt and Michael Wendt.
The funeral will be live streamed; details will be posted soon.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 16th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, October 16th, 2020 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wendt Funeral Home
    1811 15th Street Place
    Moline, Illinois 61265
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  • Service

    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 10:00am
    Calvary Church
    4700 53rd Street
    Moline, IL 61265
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Coryn Family

Posted at 12:49am
On behalf of the James J Coryn family we would like to send the family our heartfelt condolences and prayers on the loss of Earl. We will remember him and the family in our thoughts and prayers! God bless!

Norman P Goodman

Posted at 12:00am
Boo... I'm sorry to just hear of your loss.

Eli and Linnea Pyevich

Posted at 12:00am
We are sorry to learn of your dear husband's passing. Buck was a very special, kind, and accomplished gentleman who enjoyed life -- and lived it as so. We know that he will be greatly missed.

Peter mcdermott

Posted at 12:00am
Dear Boo and Family,
          Buck was a really great guy and great Moliner! As you can see in the video he was always smiling! He really seemed to know how to enjoy life. RIP, Peter McDermott


Posted at 12:00am
Dear Coralie, Beth, Boo and your families. My heart goes out to you. Growing up and Loving Jesus in First Congregational Church with our families. Heavenly laughter, joy and peace showers us now.  Congregators boat rides picnics classic cars great stories and embracing all of us. Memories are smiling and bursting with Love. KimMitchell 

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