Wendell Clarence Clements, age 91, formerly of Cokato, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Peoria, AZ.
He was born March 7, 1927, in Topeka, KS, to Henry C. and Lenora (Ellis) Clements. Even though the family moved a few times in his growing up years, Wendell felt that Havensville, KS was his hometown.
The family eventually moved to Denver, CO, where as a young man, Wendell went in search of a job. (He always said he graduated from the Denver School of Opportunity).
Wendell always had a yearning for trains and planes, and this led him to the Union Pacific Railroad. Because he was one of the few at this time who owned a bicycle, he was hired by the UP as a courier. This was the start of a 43-year career with Union Pacific.
Rising within the ranks, he held positions in Denver, Memphis, Tennessee, Chicago, IL, and ending in Minneapolis. In his last position with UP, he was a regional director for shipping, stretching from the Dakotas to Montana, and across Canada to the mountains. He was very proud of his accomplishments.
Wendell married Glorene Martinson of Cokato Oct. 13, 1956, in Denver. Glorene faithfully followed him through all of his life’s moves.
Wendell and Glorene enjoyed entertaining and traveling, especially to Hawaii making seven trips there; and also Palm Springs, CA.
After retiring from the railroad, Wendell and Glorene moved to Sun City West, AZ, where they lived for the next 26 years.
Wendell was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Glorene; parents Henry and Lenora Clements; brothers Ellis and Sam; and sister Ina Ruth.
He is survived by many nephews and nieces, who will greatly miss him.
An interment service took place Sunday, Nov. 25 at the Cokato City Cemetery.
Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Cokato handled the arrangements.