September 15, 1920 - January 10, 2014
Wendell was born in Burlingame, Kansas to Olian and Laura Seastrom, the second of three sons. He lived and worked on the family farm in eastern Kansas before joining the Navy during World War II. Upon leaving the Navy, he moved to Oregon. He worked as a surveyor on the construction of the Detroit Dam. While working in Detroit, he met and married Wilma Wallace. In late 1950, after the birth of their daughter, the family moved back to Kansas where Wendell worked for the government and built his family a home. In 1958, the family returned to Oregon. He attended barber college and began a 25-year career as owner-operator of the Center Barber Shop in Forest Grove. After retirement, Wendell and Wilma moved to Crooked River Ranch and enjoyed traveling. Wilma passed away in 1997. In 2001, Wendell moved to Silverton to be close to family. After joining the Silverton Senior Center, he met Loretta Kuenzi, whom he married in 2003. They shared much love and laughter during their eight years together before Loretta passed away in 2011. After her passing, Wendell moved to Davenport House, where he resided at the time of his death. During his life, he loved bowling, fishing, woodworking and traveling down new roads. He is survived by daughter, Winnie Gunter (Jeff), grandchildren, Jeremy (Aimee) and Elizabeth and four great grandchildren. A memorial service was held Saturday, January 18 at 2 pm at the Silverton First Christian Church.
Memorials in his name may be made to Willamette Valley Hospice or to the First Christian Church Community Dinner Program. His family wishes to thank Davenport House for their care, with a special thank you to Katherine for keeping him on his toes.