Wendell D. Blau was born Aug. 11, 1950, in Rock Rapids, the son of Bernard and Anna (Akkerman) Blau. He was raised near George, and attended George Community Schools. He graduated from Westmar College, in Le Mars, in 1972.
On Jan. 12, 1974, Wendell married Becki Swenson in Rochester, Minn. They lived in LeMars, until they divorced in 1991.
Wendell worked construction for Harlan Builders until he began working at Wells' Blue Bunny in Le Mars. He retired with close to 20 years of service.
Wendell enjoyed golfing, fishing and when he was young he showed cattle at county and state fairs, winning many blue ribbons.
His family will remember him as a hardworking man who lived a simple life.
He is survived by his son, Jason Blau of Le Mars; three grandchildren, Tristan Blau, Taylor Blau and Alexis Pickrell; one brother, Ronald Blau of Sibley; and other extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Anna Blau; and his daughter, Tiffany Blau.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. today (Friday) at Jurrens Funeral Home of George, with the Rev. Dale Lint officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in 5-7 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of George.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.jurrensfuneralhome.com.