Wendell Poole
Wendell Poole
Wendell Poole

Obituary of Wendell Poole

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Wendell Leon Poole son of William Alfred Poole and Maude Murray Poole was born November 23, 1933 in Woodbine, KS and passed away January 13, 2021 at the age of 87. A memorial service for Wendell will be held Sunday August 8, 2021 - 1:00 pm, at Bayview Cemetery Bellingham, WA in the fountain cremation garden. Wendell was the second child of five children. His family moved often during his childhood, that included the World War II years, often for his father to find work to support the family. His mother was a superb baker and often baked pies and cinnamon rolls which Wendell helped sell as another source of family income during the war years. Both his parents were ministers in the Nazarene church, and Wendell, following in their footsteps, graduated in 1956 from Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho and from Kansas City Seminary in 1959. He began his first career as a Nazarene minister pastoring churches in Yakima and Sumner Washington. After leaving the pastorate, Wendell continued his care of others through counselling and teaching. During these years he also became a successful entrepreneur with a bed and breakfast, a painting company, and lastly as an independent representative for Williams Sound. Wendell devoted many years with Williams Sound, enhancing the lives of the hearing-impaired community. He fitted them with hearing aids and enhanced community gathering sites with technologies to improve hearing-impaired participation. Wendell was much loved by many in the community for his commitment and car Wendell was a kind, caring, capable, determined and intensely responsible man with a wide range of intellectual interests. He embraced learning and remained enthusiastically interested in the latest technology his entire life. He participated in community service, served on his water-district board, and campaigned for political leaders he believed in. Wendell appreciated the arts, and enjoyed his community and neighborhoods. He was a great citizen with impeccable moral standards that he asserted to make the community a better place. He also had great joy with cooking tasty meals, and loved to share that with Erlene and others. Wendell is deeply missed by his wife Erlene Poole and his two daughters from his first marriage Diane Giesy and Denise Poole, his brother Robert Poole and sister Velma Cantonwine. His older brother Charles and sister Marilyn preceded him in death. Additionally, he is survived and missed by three nephews and four nieces (Scott Cantonwine, Rob Cantonwine, Kim Brucks, Teresa Graham, Tami Hillier, Brent Poole and Julie Lusk) . He is also missed by his step daughters Stephanie Johnson, Marca Babcock, Kimberly Dollarhyde, and his step son Mark Kidwell and their spouses. Wendell has the legacy of many grandchildren whom he cared about and enjoyed: Rashaan, Camden, Alana; and Grace, Allison, Scott, James, Karen, Lisl, Sharon, Susan, Madilyn, Monica, Bailey, Quinnton, Austin and Marina; and great-grandchildren Opal and Hailey, Wyatt, Wesley, Olivia, Bailey, Sophia, Lincoln, Emma, and Sammy. Wendell’s life touched us all. Memorial donations may be made to WWU Foundation for use as scholarships for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community: By mail: WWU Foundation 516 High Street, MS 9034 Bellingham, WA 98225 (Include ‘For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community’ in the memo line of your check) By phone: 360-650-3027 By secure site: wwu.edu/give
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Celebration of Life

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sunday, August 8, 2021
Bayview City Cemetery
1420 Woburn St
Bellingham, Washington, United States
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