Wendell David Wampler, 82, passed away peacefully on June 16, 2019, at his beloved ranch at Hunt, Kerr County, Texas.
Wendell was born in Norman, Oklahoma, on December 11, 1936, to Raymond and Hattie Wampler. On August 21, 1960, Wendell married the love of his life, Barbara, and they were married for 57 years until her death on January 4, 2018.
In 1969, Wendell and Barbara settled in Austin, Texas, where they raised their three sons. Wendell had a successful career in the insurance business, at one point leading the largest independent general lines insurance agency in Texas. He was recognized internationally as an early innovator in the design and placement of insurance contracts for commercial telecommunications satellites at the dawn of the Information Age. However, Wendell’s proudest achievement was his family. He was a wonderful husband to Barbara and a great dad to his sons, David, Jay and Jerry.
In 2003, Barbara and Wendell realized their dreams to live on their ranch, where they ran cattle, enjoyed nature, developed new friendships, watched grandkids grow up and delighted in hosting friends and family. Wendell’s wisdom, warm devotion to family and love are lasting legacies to his family and to all of those who knew him.
Wendell was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; son Jay; sisters, Adeline Burleson, Della Hickman and Florence Grissom; and brother, Raymond Wampler.
He is survived by his sons, David and wife, Melissa and Jerry and wife, Cookie; sister, Jeannene Loeffelholz; grandsons, Adam Wampler, Matthew Wampler and Blake Wampler; and granddaughter, Ava Wampler.
A private family service is planned.
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Arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.