Leon W. Wendholt, 83, Ferdinand

Leon W. Wendholt, 83, of Ferdinand, died Sunday, February 9, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born in Ferdinand October 11, 1936, to Linus and Julia (Begle) Wendholt. He married Constance Dilger May 23, 1959, at Mary Help of Christians Church in Mariah Hill.

Leon was a route salesman for Dubois County Beverage and Borden Meadow Gold and worked at Aristokraft where he retired. He was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church where he was a mass server in his youth. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1954 and served as a tank commander, ending his service as a staff sergeant. He was a member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 and was an avid fan of Indiana University basketball and Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees baseball. He coached Ferdinand Little League baseball and intramural basketball and enjoyed watching horse racing. He was a member of the first graduating class from Ferdinand High School in 1954 where he played varsity basketball and baseball. Prior to attending Ferdinand High School he would take the Ferdy Flyer train to Huntingburg to attend Huntingburg High School where he played varsity football as a freshman. He played semi-pro baseball for the Ferdinand Cardinals and was a Boy Scout leader.

He is survived by his wife, Constance Wendholt; three sons, Stuart Wendholt and wife Nancy, Scott Wendholt  and wife Connie, and Stan Wendholt and wife Paula, all of Ferdinand; one daughter, Sarah Knepper and husband Mark, Bloomington; one sister, Diane Sharer, Batesville; 10 grandchildren, Jason Bumm, Angela Knies, Logan, Zach, Ally, Ben, and Grace Wendholt, and Noah, Tate, and Lilah Knepper; and two great-grandchildren, Maddy and Morgan Knies.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Isabelle Stallings, and one brother, Robert Wendholt.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and from 7-9:30 a.m. Friday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will conduct military graveside rites.