Wendell was a retired gunnery sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and was a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
He is survived by two sons, Carl Schipper and Earle Schipper; a daughter, Marceal Johnson; a stepdaughter; Lynnette Fingland; grandchildren, Eddie Schipper, Chris Schipper, Mandy Schipper, Jenny Conner, Jimmy Denny, Michael Johnson, Karissa Gallagher, Sierra Gallagher, Sara Cortez Schipper; 15 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Karen Breuer.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Patty A. (Rickabaugh) Schipper, and two grandsons, David Schipper and Paul Schipper.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel at Adcock Funeral Home in Spring Lake, N.C., followed by burial at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake, N.C., at noon with military honors. The family will receive friends at a visitation Wednesdayfrom 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Services entrusted to Adcock Funeral Home & Crematory of Spring Lake, N.C.