Steve Wendt

Date of Death: Feb 27, 2021
Steve Wendt

1956 - 2021

Steve Wendt, 64, passed away peacefully and entered his Heavenly home on February 27th, 2021.

Steve was born in New London, WI on August 28th, 1956 to Wallace and Jane Wendt. Steve was the youngest of 6 and had 2 brothers and 3 sisters that he loved dearly. His first job was driving tractor for his dad and the Cenex Coop at the age of 15. Steve loved sports. He competed in track, football, softball, and basketball. Farm work and sports defined his daily routine and he had to pick one sport so he chose basketball. At 6’7” Steve was a large man and was a very competitive athlete throughout his high school career. When he was not playing basketball or helping his dad de-horn cattle Steve worked at Borden’s dairy in New London. In 1974 he graduated New London High School and went on to play college basketball at Milton College. He enjoyed playing college basketball and even traveled some during this time to tournaments in places such as Costa Rica. He had a hook shot that due to his stature and athleticism could not be defended. Steve graduated with honors from Milton College in 1979 with a degree in marketing and management. After college he got married, had 2 kids, and worked for the next 10 years managing Ben Franklin stores in Berlin, Burlington, and Waupun, Wisconsin. After Ben Franklin Steve took a job for the next 22 years as an advertising sales manager for the Action Advertiser / Gannett so his kids could go to school in one place instead of moving every couple years. He always put his family first. On July 4, 1999 he married Loni Sandvig at Ripon Immanuel Lutheran Church. During the last 10 years he took a “retirement” job working for the Ripon Commonwealth Press in Ripon, Wisconsin as an advertising and marketing specialist. Steve loved his co-workers and every account he worked on over the years and treated them like family. In Waupun Steve was involved with the Waupun Chamber of Commerce, volunteer work, singing with the United Men of Praise, Waupun Truck-N-Show, the Waupun Rotary Club, Lions Club, every morning coffee group, and the Ripon Chamber of Commerce marketing committee. Steve was a connector and knew everyone. He loved God, sports, the Badgers, Packers, watching sports, his grandkids and everyone else in his life.

Steve is survived by his wife of 21 years, Loni of Waupun; son, Aaron (Abigail) Wendt of Tulsa; daughter, Sarah (Caleb) Zavatchin of Oostburg and their six children: Jamison “JJ”, Westin, Taya, Nya, Elijah, and Mary; two step-sons: Josh (Brooke) Hanson of Eau Claire, and Matt (Anna Yeo) Hanson of New York; five brothers and sisters: Carol (Fred) Schulze, Jim (Jeanne) Wendt, Gary (Claire) Wendt, Vera Weathers, and Donna Michalkiewicz; two brothers-in-law: Rick (Marybeth) Sandvig and Dean (Karen) Sandvig; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents; Wallace and Jane Wendt; wife Carol; and step-daughter, Melissa Hanson.

Though his time on earth was short Steve made a large impact on everyone, lived a full life and will be greatly missed. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.–Psalm 18:2.


Private family services will be held. Visitation will be held Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun. Please follow current COVID-19 guidelines with mask wearing and social distancing.

To watch the service click on the services link below. It’s available to watch online on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
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  1. Nancy L Vanderkin Says: March 2, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss Loni sending many hugs and prayers your way.

  2. I’m so sorry for your lost l will definitely miss him at the Truck Show

  3. David Nolan Says: March 2, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Steve was a classmate and teammate. We loved playing BB cheering for Bennett Basketball. His brother Gary is also a teammate. Steve kept in touch via Facebook and we were blessed to have him and Loni visit us in our New London home. Great guy and strong competitor. Tough loss and we are so sorry for the family. But, hold Steve up as man of integrity. Until we meet again, be well my friend.

  4. Karen Pollock Says: March 2, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    Loni our sympathies are with you and your family! Hugs and prayers sent to you and family!

  5. Bob Pomerening Says: March 2, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Steve sat near me in our advanced mathematical classes in high school. Circa 1974. He was a studious and generous soul.

    May he Rest In Peace

  6. Doris Core Says: March 3, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Loni I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that we are thinking about you and praying for you and your family.

  7. Dale M Race Says: March 3, 2021 at 9:13 am

    I coached Steve at Milton College. Steve was great guy to coach, excellent teammate who was committed to the team and coach. Our relationship lasted over the past 40 years. It was a privilege to have him in my life. Blessings to his family. Dale Race

  8. Glenn Pomerening Says: March 3, 2021 at 9:44 am

    May Steve rest in peace. So sorry for the loss to his family. Glenn & Sandy Pomerening

  9. Dick Bennett Says: March 3, 2021 at 10:10 am

    Please know that the Wendt family is in our thoughts and prayers. Thou I did not coach Steve, I knew him to be a very special person. I did coach his brother Gary.

  10. Dorothy Hackbarth Says: March 3, 2021 at 11:15 am

    I am so sorry for your family’s loss Loni. RIP Steve. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  11. LINDA GERRITSON Says: March 3, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    So sorry for your loss Loni and family. Steve was truly one of the nicest people I know. He will be missed…

  12. GAIL D VANLOO Says: March 3, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Loni you have my deepest sympathy. I pray you find comfort in your memories.

  13. Shanda Farr Says: March 3, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    Sorry for your loss sending Huggs and prayers for the whole family He will be missed He had a heart of gold

  14. Todd and Kris Snow Says: March 3, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Steve’s personality filled a room and he will be missed.

  15. Jeanne Schmal Says: March 11, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    I just learned of Steve’s passing. I am so sorry! He gave of himself in everything he did and he will definitely be missed by all who knew him. I will always remember our times at the WCP conferences.

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