The Life of Bradley R. Wendt
Bradley "Brad" R. Wendt, 67, of Ruscombmanor Township, passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in Penn State Health, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA. He was the loving husband of Jane R. (Snell) Wendt, whom he married on August 19, 1972. Born in Reading, Brad was predeceased by his father, Charles F. Wendt, and his mother, Ruth V. (Hafer) Wendt Dease; Ruth later married the late Claude Dease who was like a second father to Brad. Brad and Jane were members of Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, Oley, but most recently attended Trinity Lutheran Church, Topton.
Brad was a 1968 graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School and continued his education at Peirce College, Philadelphia, where he received an Associate's degree in Computer Science. He then enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served during the Vietnam era. Brad worked as a General Manager at the former Halbeisen Kitchen and Appliances for 10 years in the mid 1970's to mid 1980's. He then worked as a salesman for many years at Lezzer Lumber, Reinhold's Lumber, J.H. Brubaker Inc., and MRD Lumber. Most recently, Brad worked part-time as a truck driver at Levan Machine & Truck Equipment from 2009 until his retirement in 2015.
Brad was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and target shooting. Most importantly, Brad loved spending time with his family and watching his grandchildren grow.
In addition to his wife of 45 years, Jane, Brad is survived by his son, Daniel C., husband of Dana M. (Eckhart) Wendt, Fleetwood; his two grandchildren, Lily G. and Brady J. Wendt, and his four-legged companion, Katey.
A memorial service to celebrate Brad's life will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown, with Reverend Arthur L. Hahn officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by The United States Navy Honor Guard, will follow in Forrest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton. The family will greet relatives and friends following the burial at Walnuttown Fire Company, 535 Park Road, Fleetwood, where refreshments will be served. There will be no calling hours prior to the service.
The family requests contributions be made in Brad's memory to the Bradley R. Wendt Memorial Fund c/o Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., P.O. Box 292, Kutztown, PA 19530-0292, to be used to benefit Oley Fish and Game and Hope Lodge Hershey. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown is in charge of arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.Ludwickfh.com.
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Tim and Deb Zdrosky
We met Brad and Jane at the Hope Lodge in Hershey back in April 2017 Brad and Tim both received stem cell transplants. We all stayed at the Hope Lodge for five or six weeks going back and forth to the Hershey Medical Center. In that time we shared meals, stories of our families and of course stories about hunting and fishing. Jane and Deb even took a pottery class together. Brad was a good person even when we new he wasn’t feeling good he still made us laugh. We will miss you Brad. All our love and thoughts to you Jane and your family.
We were born 2 days apart in adjoining rooms at St. Joseph's Hospital in Reading, Pa. Our mothers were the youngest of 7 sisters and 3 brothers. Although we lived on opposite sides of Reading, we saw each other almost every week, every holiday and Sundays at church. Our parent(s) family met "down home".at my grandparents house in Reiffton almost every weekend. Brad and his mother lived there before and after his father died unexpectedly when Brad was only 6 or 7 years old. Brad and I would play army outside or shoot rubber bands at toy Indians or soldiers. We took great pride in our accuracy with a wooden ruler and rubber band. We grew up hunting and exploring the Neversink mountain in back of his home and knew every inch of it. We became junior fireman together at Reiffton FC and spent much of our teen years there playing wiffle ball, basketball, pinball, shooting pool and drinking cokes with our friends.After High School we both spent 2 yrs. in college and then enlisted together in the U.S. Navy to avoid the draft, too many of our friends had already died in Vietnam. I missed Brad and Jane's wedding while I was cruising the Mediterranean on a destroyer but 2 yrs. later Brad was the Best Man at my wedding to Ella. Although I lived in Allentown for a few yrs. we continued to stay in touch. We enjoyed many trips out west and many hunting and fishing expeditions at home. Brad loved the outdoors. He was my best friend for life and I loved him like a brother. Till I see him again in heaven, may God bless him. Jeff