Wendell L. Blixt

RAPID RIVER – Wendell L. Blixt, 72, of 10874 S.75 Rd, Rapid River, was surrounded by family when he passed away Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Lecanto, Fla., following a brief illness.

He was born to parents Edward and Helen Blixt on July 6, 1941, in Escanaba. Wendell grew up with his six brothers and sisters on the family farm in Cornell, where he developed a reputed work ethic that carried him throughout his life. He graduated from Escanaba Area High School in 1960, served years in the Army National Guard, and worked at the Harnischfeger manufacturing plant in Escanaba until the late 1970s before heading the data processing department at Bay de Noc Community College. Following his retirement from the college in 1997, Wendell moved to Rapid River and wintered in Beverly Hills, Fla., with his wife Kathy and their dog, Scooter.

Wendell enjoyed camping, deer hunting, ice fishing, downhill skiing, running, and especially golfing for many years at the Gladstone Golf Club, and later, at the Nahma Golf Club. Most of all, though, he loved working with his hands, building everything from homes, to tree forts, to bikes, for his children, grandchildren, other family, and friends. Wendell was a friend to everyone and his generosity, good-natured humor, and loving heart will be missed by all who knew him.

Wendell is survived by his wife, Kathy; mother, Helen; brothers, Richard (Ethel), Wayne (Susan), and Bryan (Pam); sisters, Beverly (Gary) Quick, Connie (David) Alspach, and Karen (Darrell) Hall; sons, Ryan (Meredith), Ben (Heather), and Nathan (Ingrid); stepdaughters, Julie Wigand and Natalie Anderson; three grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren; his dog, Scooter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward, in 1991.

Wendell’s three sons will hold a visitation for his family, friends, former coworkers, and other acquaintances on Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Escanaba. Prayer services will follow at 6 p.m. at the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Escanaba with Rev. Erik Heskin of Bethany Lutheran Church officiating. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Blixt family with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy can be directed to the Blixt family a www.skradskifuneralhomes.com.