He is survived by his parents Jack Graves and Marolyn Graves, brother Mark Graves, and partner and best friend of 29 years, Jeff North. Also surviving are numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by grandparents Fred and Doris Graves of Wakeman, Ohio and Merritt and Gladys Fye of Rochester, Ohio. Wendell was a graduate of Wakeman Reserve High School and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University (OH) and Master’s degree from Central Michigan University.
Wendell was an administrator for Ohio Health for ten years. The last twelve years of his career were with Wesley communities, most recently serving as executive director for Wesley Woods at New Albany.
Wendell was a very loving and caring individual. He loved being with his many friends and especially enjoyed music, taking care of his beautiful home, and walking along the beaches of Florida.
Calling hours will be held Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Schoedinger Chapel, Worthington Ohio. 6699 North High Street Worthington, OH 43085, from 2-4pm, and 6-8pm. Funeral will be held there at 10am Wednesday, May 9, 2018 followed by a luncheon at the funeral home. Graveside services will be in Wakeman, Ohio at 3:00pm.
Donations may be made to the CHA Animal Shelter or the Franklin County Dog Shelter. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to send messages of support to his family.