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Wendell Tuttle Leon

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 9:22 a.m. CDT

Wendell Tuttle, 85, of Leon died Oct. 23, 2013, at Lamoni Nursing and Rehab Center.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon. The Rev. Max Carmichael officiated. Burial will be in Corydon Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Calvary Baptist Church or the Gideons.

Wendell Dean Tuttle, son of Orpha May (Daniel) and Harold Elkins Tuttle, was born May 8, 1928, on the home farm near Saint Charles.

Wendell attended Saint Charles Consolidated School and graduated in May 1945.

On Feb. 24, 1946, Wendell married Leota Maxine Armstrong at the Christian Church in Winterset.

Wendell started farming in the spring of 1945 and continued until November 1975, when he liquidated his small dairy herd, and he and Leota moved to Leon.

Wendell was active in Farm Bureau, serving as Wayne County president for six years and voting delegate for six years. He was also an honorary member of Wayne County FFA.

In April of 1968, he began a career with Farm Bureau Insurance. He served as agency manager, member of the Royal Court for several years, and on the advisory council.

In May 1988, Wendell started his own agency, Hometown Insurance and continued it until December 2000, when he was forced into retirement.

Wendell was active in his churches until his health overtook him. He served as Sunday school superintendent, deacon, elder, board chairman and teacher at Saint Charles Church, Corydon Christian Church, Leon Bible Church and Calvary Baptist Church in Leon. He was also active in the Gideons. He served as vice chairman.

Wendell is survived by his wife Leota; children, Max and Mary Tuttle of Corydon, Peggy and Francis Moore of Waterloo, Barbara Tuttle of Leon and Nora Tuttle of Creston; daughter-in-law Pat Tuttle of Waukee, 12 grandchildren, 24 great- grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; brothers, Merril and Lois Tuttle of Saint Charles and Gene and Sandy Tuttle of Des Moines; sister Vilna Kennedy of New Virginia, a host of other relatives and friends.

Wendell was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lyle and Alden Tuttle; infant sister Barbara Tuttle; sons, Philip and Kenneth Tuttle; and daughter Sara Dot Tuttle.

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