Wendell Leeper, 72, of Valentine, Neb., died Friday, February 24 in Broken Bow, Neb.
He was born April 18, 1944, in Gordon, Neb., to William and Lola Leeper. He attended school in Merriman, Neb., where he graduated in 1962. Wendell worked for numerous ranchers in the area and spent his free time hunting and fishing all throughout the Sandhills of western Nebraska.
Wendell joined the service in 1964 where he was relocated to Germany. In 1966 he was given the rank of Sergeant and served out his overseas duty until returning to the states in July of 1967. He was placed in Army Reserve until Aug. 6, 1970, when he was then honorably discharged.
Wendell married Linda Ann Messenger of Gordon on May 4, 1968. They lived in Merriman, Neb., where Wendell worked for the Cherry County road department until January of 1969 when they relocated to Wyoming to work in the uranium mines. They later returned to Nebraska where they made Gordon their home and raised a family.
Wendell is preceded in death by his father and mother, William (Everett) and Lola Leeper.
Wendell is survived by his spouse Linda Leeper; two sisters, Bertha Johnson and Bredella Hicks; his son, Wade Leeper and spouse Sterling. Son, Corby Leeper and extended family Nickie Leeper. Grandkids, Sami, Bryant, Maddox, and Kannon Leeper.
Graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 4 at 11 a.m. MT at the Gordon Cemetery in Gordon, Neb. Sandoz Chapel of the Pines was in charge of service arrangements.