Wendell Leigh Smith
1935 - 2021
Kahle-Moore Funeral Home
403 Silver Lake Road
Cary, IL
Wendell Leigh Smith
Born: March 18, 1935
Died: May 28, 2021
Wendell Leigh Smith, born March 18, 1935, passed away on May 28th 2021. He was born in Ohio, Illinois to Thomas and Gladys (McVicker) Smith. He married the love of his life, Helen Marie Giltner, on January 29th, 1955 at St. Patricks church in Sheffield, Illinois.
He graduated from Sheffield High School and attended Western Illinois University before spending 4 years in the Navy and Reserves as a hospital medic. He then attended St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA and graduated with a bachelor of science degree. He went on to do graduate work at the University of Iowa where he was a teaching and research assistant. Wendell also continued teaching in the Biology Department at St. Ambrose University. He later attended Northern Illinois University and was awarded a masters degree 1964.
He taught at Fremd High School in Palatine, IL for two years and then Oak Park River Forest High School in Oak Park, IL for 29 years. He coached in the track and soccer programs, and after many years in mens soccer he was asked to start the womens soccer program. Wendell had many other accomplishments during his career at OPRF including Illinois Science Teacher of the Year, Illinois Coach of the Year for Womans Soccer, Coaches Hall of Fame, and initiating many academic programs like Earth Science.
Wendell and Marie loved to travel which started with camping with their children, and later in life in their motor home. They traveled to all 50 states and 6 continents where he loved jogging. He joked that he jogged around the world.
He was happiest spending time with his family, road tripping, and giving impromptu road-side geology classes, watching anything Chicago sports, and eating his ice cream. He was very proud of his children and always bragged how successful they all were and that they were spread across the country so he and Marie could travel, sight-see, and visit their grandchildren and great grandchildren. At family gatherings Grandpa just loved to have his sports on TV, sit back, and take in all the family action
Wendell is survived by his six children including Loren (Janiece) Smith, Victoria (William) Iannazzi, Jeffry (Anne) Smith, Brian (Mary) Smith, Keith (Darla) Smith, and Kelly Smith. He had 20 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and one on the way.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the American Heart Association.
There will be a mass of celebration of Wendells life at St. Patricks Church in Sheffield Illinois on June 3rd, 2021, At 11:00 AM, Interment to follow at the St. Patricks Catholic Cemetery in Buda, IL. Visit kahlemoore.com to express condolences.

Published by Northwest Herald from Jun. 1 to Jun. 2, 2021.
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Memorial Mass
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
231 W. Atkinson St., Sheffield, IL
Hidden Lakes Golf Club
12985 645 E. St., Sheffield, IL
St. Patrick's Cemetery
rural, Sheffield, IL
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Janiece and Loren, my deepest sympathies to you and your family. Sending prayers and blessings. Hold tight to your memories.
Marilyn Boyle and Family
June 2, 2021
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
American Heart Association
June 2, 2021
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