Wendell E. “Wex” Wexter

Dec 18, 2018
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Wendell E. “Wex” Wexter, 87, of Waterloo, IA died at ManorCare Health Services in Waterloo on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, of natural causes.

He was born December 16, 1931, in Coggan, IA, son of William F. and Oma Gray Wexter. He graduated from East Waterloo High School in 1950.

Wendell married Betty Ann Tiggeman on April 23, 1955, in Waterloo. Wendell was a driver with the Waterloo Fire Dept. for 13 years; then co-owner and operator of the 2nd Shift Bar, and a security officer for 20 years at John Deere retiring in 1994. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church where he was a deacon, elder, and served on the Building and Grounds and Nominating Committees. He was a member and District Treasurer of Waterloo Exchange Club and a member of American Legion Post #138. He and his wife delivered Meals on Wheels for 15 years. He volunteered with the Hawkeye Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Wendell had a gruff exterior, but always tried to make people smile and laugh. He considered himself to be a builder, enjoyed woodworking and was the architect of many in-home projects.

He enjoyed sports, particularly golf, tennis and bowling. He played in and umpired many slow pitch softball leagues.

His friends from the fire department and from First Presbyterian were very important to him. He cherished the friendships he made with many people over the years. Most of all, Wendell loved his family.

Wendell is survived by his wife; three daughters, Cindy Trepp of Waterloo, Vickie (Jerry) Nosbisch of Ionia, and Susan Wexter of Independence, MO; son, Randall (Sara) Wexter of New Lenox, IL; nine grandchildren: Zach (Megan) Nosbisch, New Hampton, IA; Josh (Bridget) Nosbisch, Waterloo; Katie (Preston) Mohlis, Lawler; Stephanie (Brad) Thompson, Cedar Rapids; Lucas (Courtney) Trepp, Elk Run Heights; Halligan (Matt) Lasky, Columbus, OH; Jenna (Ben) Bush, Davenport; Connor Wexter, Chicago; and Michael Wexter, Malibu, CA; 12 great grandchildren: Preston, Isabella, Carmen, Noah, Natalie, Alexis, Amelia, Jackson, Nora, Mya, Keira and Maxie; a half‑brother, Richard (Elsie) LeClere of Belvidere, IL; two half-sisters, Maxine (John) Wendell and Margaret Schultz, both of Belvidere, IL.

He is preceded in death by his parents.


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  1. Randy Podhaski | Dec 20, 2018
    Deepest sympathy to Wendell's family.  Great memories of great neighbors. Randy Podhaski
  2. Michael Grillo | Dec 20, 2018

    Betty,   I was so saddened to hear the news and our prayers are with you at this time. Wendell was always special to me and as a member of Exchange we share many happy moments together. He will be missed as always.

    Mike & Nora Grillo

  3. Marilyn Korte | Dec 20, 2018

    Betty and Family,

    Sorry to hear your sad news you have my thought and prayers.

    Marilyn Korte

  4. PATRICIA VAN DYKE | Dec 20, 2018

    Betty and Family,

    So sorry to hear of Wendell's passing.  I certainly enjoyed the years we were able to play golf together.  Even when he was no longer playing I enjoyed visiting and checking in with him when I visited my family.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.





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