1924 - 2016
Ervin Wendland was born in Lodi, CA in 1924, the youngest of thirteen children. His parents, John and Lydia Wendland, were Germans who migrated from Russia. Ervin joined the Navy at eighteen years old, during World War II, and served two years aboard the battleship USS California. In 1947 he fell in love with and married Irma Lee Wheeler, and had two daughters, Linda and Kathy. They purchased a brand new home in Stockton, where they all thrived together.
He spent his weekends fishing, hunting, camping and woodworking. From doll beds to swing sets, board games for his little girls, Adirondack chairs, benches, porch swings for the yards, wooden lamps, book cases, desks and magazine racks, the sky was the limit for his woodworking skills. Not only was he a handy, artistic and career minded man, he also loved planting trees and grafting from one tree to another. His family and friends enjoyed the fruits from his backyard trees over many years.
Erv, Irma and their daughters went on plenty of vacations through the years, such as:
Silver Lake Family Camp, Santa Cruz, Disneyland and Yosemite, (just to name a few.) Ervin
retired from Fiberboard
Paper Products after a forty year career.
Of all his favorite things to do, he loved time at home with his family the most. He was preceded by his parents and all his brothers and sisters, his wife Irma, and one grandson,
Christopher. He is survived by his daughters Linda Cowell and Kathy Wendland. Son-in-law,
Roger Cowell. Three grandchildren: William Watkins, Steven Watkins and Jennifer Cowell.
Seven great grandchildren:
Chelsea Van Atta, Krystal
Anderson, Danielle Watkins, Sam Watkins, Wesley Watkins, Shane Cowell and Cody Cowell. Two great-great grandchildren: Victoria Anderson and Nathaniel Hepstall.
His passing leaves a large void in the family and he will be greatly missed. The family values and love he left will never be forgotten.
The family wishes to thank: the AMC Paramedics, the staff in the St. Joseph's Medical Center, Josh, Jim (chaplain), Cindy, Lori, Daniel, Rose, Elizabeth, Sai, Carole, Hector and Olga, Davina and Pamela. A special thanks you to the many friends and family who offered help and prayers.
Graveside services will be at Cherokee Memorial Park on
Friday, September 23, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.