PRINCETON — Wendell L. Walden, 73, of Princeton, passed away Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 at Gibson General Hospital in Princeton.

He was born July 13, 1944 in McLeansboro, Illinois, to Estel and Ruth (Mitchell) Walden and had resided in Princeton since the late 1960s.

Wendell served in the National Guard and Reserves following high school. He was an active member of Princeton Lions Club since the late 1980s and served in many offices including president, secretary and treasurer, and was the recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow Award. Wendell was a man of great character, a great husband and a great father. He went to Southern Illinois University and received an associate degree in drafting and architecture. He was a self-employed contractor who never truly retired, as he continued to be sought out for his handcrafted mastery of woodworking and remodeling skills. He was a great debater, who enjoyed challenging people to think for themselves and not accept the status quo — and this included many letters to the editor.

Wendell is survived by his wife of 31 years, Angie (Schiff) Walden; children, Nora Nixon (Brad), James Walden (Toni), Beth Walden (Brenda), John Latella (Denise) and Julia Latella; grandchildren, Lacey, Logan and Miranda Nixon, Ian, Drew, Levi and Claire Walden, Gavin Walden and Gianni and Giovanna Latella; a sister, Jeannie Brockman (Gary); several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death was his parents; aunts, Veta (Walden) Rush and Vineta (Walden) and Delphi Rogers.

Funeral service is at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton, with Father Brian Emmick officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Princeton. Visitation is from 4 until 8 p.m. Wednesday and again from 10 a.m. until the hour of service Thursday at Colvin Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Princeton Lions Club, P. O. Box 443, Princeton, IN 47670 or St. Joseph School, 429 S. Stormont Street, Princeton, IN 47670. You may leave a message of sympathy or light a memorial candle at www.colvinfuneralhome.com.

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