Wendell Leroy Burden, 69, Vassar: Jan 1, 1946 – Sept. 19, 2015

092215-burdenVASSAR – Wendell Leroy Burden, 69, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, at Olathe Medical Center of lung cancer. His loving wife of 35 years, Kathleen (Rogers) Burden was by his side.

Born in Presque Isle, Maine, to Guy and Alta Burden, Wendell was the youngest of three sons. He was predeceased by his parents and two older brothers, Keith and Herman.

Wendell was a graduate of the University of Maine, with a degree in history, and was a member of ROTC. He joined the Maine Army National Guard, where he later met and married his wife Kathleen. Together they moved to the Midwest where he joined the Kansas Army National Guard. He retired at the rank of major after serving 24 years. Following his career in the Army he worked for Sprint, in Overland Park, retiring in 2013.

His passion for the outdoors included gardening, fishing, camping and boating, but his real talent was expressed in the entertaining and colorful stories he spun for his family and friends. He also served on the board of trustees at the Lyndon United Methodist Church, which he attended with his family.
His dedication to the American Legion was instrumental in revitalizing Post 19, creating a vibrant post that thrives today. He was very active in the Boy Scouts of America, where he mentored his son, Jacob, and positively affected the lives of many Scouts. Recently, his enjoyment came from building out of a ranch homestead his “heaven on earth”.

Wendell is survived by many loved ones, his wife Kathleen (Rogers) Burden, of Vassar, Kan.; daughter Laura Burden of Portland, Maine, and her children, Sebastian, Griffin and Isabella; daughter Erin (Burden) Massey and husband, Jayson, and their daughter Alexandra, all of Lyndon; and son, Jacob Burden, Manhattan, Kan.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Feltner Funeral Home, Lyndon. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Lyndon United Methodist Church, with military honors to follow at his and Kathleen’s home.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Wendell’s name to Boy Scout Troop 315 in Olathe, Kan., to provide a summer camp scholarship to H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation. Please make checks payable to Boy Scout Troop 315, in care of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 15315 W. 151st St., Olathe, KS 66062.

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