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SSG (Ret) Wesley Wendtland

December 31, 1969 — November 11, 2022

Wesley Matthew Wendtland, age 57, of Oak Grove, Kentucky, passed away on Friday, November 11, 2022 while at Tennova Health Care, Clarksville.
Wesley entered into this life on October 19, 1965 in West Rockhill, Pennsylvania, son to the late William J. Wendtland, Shirely M. (Hangey) Beck, and Wesley M. Haverkamp. Wesley was raised in Perkasie, Pennsylvania and attended the Perkasie school system throughout his childhood. Following graduation from the Pennridge High School in 1984, Wesley enlisted in the US Army and bravely served in the pursuit of freedom and liberty, serving in combat operations in various locales in the Middle East during the Global War on Terrorism. Among his numerous awards and citations are the Army Commendation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Service Star (2), Kuwait Liberation Medal (2), Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. He had retired from the US Army but also served in the Rhode Island and Pennsylvania National Guards. Some of Wesley’s strongest passions were singing, songwriting, and woodworking. He enjoyed the company of his good feline friend, Nero, who was near and dear to his heart.
Survivors include his children, Thomas Wendtland, Rebecca Wendtland, and Arwen Wendtland; siblings, Charlotte Carvalho, Brenda (Rodney) Goepfert, Kathryn (Brion) Beck, Heather (Johnny) Carpenter, Andrew (Holly) Haverkamp. In addition to his parents, Wesley was predeceased by a brother, William Wendtland, Jr.
No local services are planned. Wesley’s remains will be laid to rest at the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
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