Gary Wendland

Gary Vernon Wendland, age 75, died Sunday, January 17, 2021 at St. Crispin Living Community in Red Wing after a 2-year battle with liver cancer.

Gary was born August 14, 1945 in Rochester, MN to Vernon and Audrey (Schmidt) Wendland. He graduated from John Marshall High School in Rochester where he was active in hockey and golf. Following graduating from high school he attended the University of Minnesota. He married Rose Sanderson in Stewartville on December 9, 1976. He had a career in Real Estate in Rochester.

Gary enjoyed camping and boating on the Mississippi River with his family. He enjoyed duck hunting especially with his brother, Craig Wendland, and hosting a youth duck hunt. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Gary is survived by his wife, Rose; 2 daughters, Angela Wendland of Spirit Lake, IA, Melissa (Andy) Link of Coon Rapids, MN; 2 grandchildren, Landyn and Wyatt Link; sister, Lorry Wendland of Frontenac, MN; and brother, Craig (Judy) Wendland of Rochester, MN.

Gary is preceded in death by his parents.

There will be a private family service.

Rochester Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences of Gary may be shared at

16 thoughts on “Gary Wendland

  1. Rose I am so sorry to hear of your loss. We are sending loving thoughts and prayers to you and your family. I hope to see you in the near future. Take care dear friend

  2. Rose, Angela, Melissa, Craig & Lorry. I met Gary in 1971 working at Am Can co & we became fast friends. From him & I going out to bars while Rose worked , him getting me out goose hunting, access to excellent pheasant hunting, having Roxcy’s litter of pups, then our families growing & all the camping fun times on the islands & cabins on both sides of the river plus so many other experiences with you guys, too many to count but Gary will surely be missed by me & my family. Love you all, Frank Scharber

  3. Rose, Germaine and I would like to let you know about the sorrow of your lost, We are sending hugs to you and the girls. We hope that the COVID has not been a problem, We love you and we’re sending prayers. Please keep in touch. Charlie and Germaine sending our love!

  4. Our sympathies to you Rose and your family our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

  5. Rose, I’m so sorry for your loss. May the wonderful memories had together bring you peace and comfort. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Rose and family…I am so very sorry to hear about Gary. Just wanted to let you know I was thinking of you. Prayers coming your way………

  7. Our condolences. Thomas and I will always remember the youth duck hunts with Gary.

  8. Rose and family…I am so very sorry to hear about Gary….Hugs and Prayers….Just wanted to let you know I was thinking of you.

  9. Dear Rose and Family, My sympathies, your loss is unthinkable, I’m not quite able to believe he is gone to his final rest. Actually I can still see him eating breakfast eggs and toast !! Love Auntie

  10. Rose,
    So sorry to hear about Gary today.
    He was a good friend. It hurts my soul.. if I can help with anything let me know.
    John Olive

  11. Rose, I am so sorry for your loss. May the many shared memories you made together bring you comfort. Prayers to you.
    Cynthia Barr Karels

  12. Hello Rose I was very sorry to hear that Gary passed away. I am not sure if you are still in my area, but if you are reach out as I would like to see you. I am sure this is a very difficult time. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers

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