Robert J. Wendling (81) of Effingham


Published on April 28 2012 5:14 pm

Robert J. Wendling, 81, of Effingham, IL, passed away at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at Evergreen Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Effingham, IL.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Effingham, with the Rev. Theodore C. Gall officiating. Burial will be in Arborcrest Memorial Park, Effingham, with military graveside rites. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Effingham, and one hour prior to the funeral service Saturday at the church. Johnson Funeral Home, Effingham is in charge of arrangements.  Memorials may be made to St. John’s Braille Center, Effingham, Crossroads Cancer Center, Effingham, or donor’s choice. Online condolences may be left at

Bob was born on March 11, 1931 in Altamont, IL, the son of Louis and Lena (Kubler) Wendling. He married Norma Garbe of Dieterich on August 28, 1955, and she survives.  Bob graduated from Altamont High School in 1949, entered the United States Navy serving during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1954. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Effingham and served the church as a Sunday school superintendent, usher, church league softball and basketball coach, and Lutheran Layman’s League representative. He was actively involved in the Walther League youth group program. Bob was an active member of the Tuesday morning Bible class. He retired from the Effingham Post Office in 1987. He loved the outdoors, camping, hunting, fishing, and especially hunting mushrooms.

Bob is survived by his wife, Norma Wendling of Effingham; children, Dick Wendling of Effingham, Pam (Gib) Urfer of Newton, Dennis Wendling of Watson, and Jeff (Vickie) Wendling of Teutopolis; grandchildren, Rachel Urfer, Brandon Wendling, Stacy (Jake) Nelson, Erin (Mark) Verdeyen, Ashley Wendling, Chase Wendling; great-grandchildren, Brody Nelson, and Braden Verdeyen; brothers, Bill Wendling of Altamont, and Jim (Gerry) Wendling of Overland Park, KS; and sister, Ruth (John) Roderick of St. Joseph, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents.