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Robert D. Wendlandt Aug. 3, 1956 - Dec. 3, 2012

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Robert D. Wendlandt Aug. 3, 1956 - Dec. 3, 2012

PAYNESVILLE - Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in (852 Stearns Avenue West) Eden Valley for Robert D. "Bob" Wendlandt, age 56, of Paynesville. Robert passed away peacefully on December 3, 2012 at his home after a courageous battle with ALS. Burial will take place in the Paynesville Cemetery.

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Relatives and friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Friday at the Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home (115 East James Street) in Paynesville. Visitation will continue after 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at the church.

Robert was born August 3, 1956 in Richmond to Donald "Blackie" and Margaret (Waldorf) Wendlandt. He graduated from Paynesville High School in 1974 and received his A.A. Degree in Applied Science from Vermillion Community College in Ely. He married Rhonda Ahrens on March 24, 1979 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Eden Valley. He worked for Lunda Construction from 1982 until his retirement in June of 2011. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, a lifetime member of the NRA, Pheasants Forever, and Lake Henry and Paynesville Sportsman's Clubs.

Robert loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and traveling. He liked to work on his hunting property and do various projects around his home. His garden was the talk of the town. When he was out working in it, even complete strangers would stop and comment on how beautiful it was. He loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He loved to tease, especially Rhonda, and was very quick witted. He gave selflessly to others without expecting anything in return.

Robert is survived by his wife Rhonda, his sons Aaron of Belgrade and Christopher (Ashley) of Atwater, eight grandchildren, sister Maxine (Ralph) Crooker of Deer Creek, brother Tom (Doris) Wendlandt of Paynesville, and many nieces, nephews, friends, and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials are preferred to the ALS Foundation.

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