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November 23, 2020

11/3/2020 7:30:00 AM
Warren Wendt

Warren Wendt, age 64, of Minocqua, died peacefully in his sleep on Oct. 12, 2020 after a short but courageous battle with brain cancer. Warren was born on April 23, 1956 to Edgar and Belle (Hulce) Wendt. He was raised in Rhinelander and attended the local high school, where he was president of his senior class. After graduating, he pursued higher education and ultimately achieved a master's degree in finance from the University of Nevada, Reno. Warren's career was initially grounded in the healthcare field where he was Director of Surgery at St. Mary's Hospital in Reno, Nevada. He then moved on to be Director of Surgery at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill. Warren then held various positions at healthcare facilities in the Northwoods. Later in life, he was an SEC licensed securities trader and dealer, as well as investment banker that strived to help bring start-up projects to fruition.

Warren was an avid outdoorsman with a passion for activities such as hunting, fishing, hockey, and skiing - just to name a few. Warren frequently would visit his childhood friend, Brian Mangerson, in Alaska for bear hunting, salmon fishing and Cessna flying - both were licensed pilots with a love for travel. Growing up, he spent much of his free time at his parent's cabin on Black Lake, working on his uncle's resort and hunting the family's land. He was a ski instructor and a member of the Ski Patrol Search and Rescue at Mt. Rose, Nevada during his 20s.

One of Warren's most memorable qualities was his huge smile coupled with an infectious laugh. He was always able to command attention with his enthusiastic storytelling, jokes and life lessons. It is no surprise that he easily built many friendships, young and old alike, given his knack to connect to people in these ways.

Warren married Tammy (Mangerson) Wendt in 1988 and became stepfather to Richard Wold who was 8 years old at the time. Later, Warren and Tammy gave birth to a baby girl named Jessica. Although Warren and Tammy eventually divorced, they maintained an ongoing relationship to focus on the upbringing of their two children. He is remembered as a proud, fun-loving Dad who offered unwavering support and encouragement to his children.

Warren was a loving brother to Kimberly (Owen) Gassaway of Lenoir City, Tenn.; exceptional father to Jessica (Nick) Santoyo of Copperas Cove, Texas and Richard (Colleen) Wold of Plainfield, Ill.; and loving grandfather to his six grandchildren: Jackson, Nicholas, Kaylynn, Chelsea, Matthew and Dylan.

To say Warren was a dedicated and passionate grandfather would be a gross understatement; the impact he had on their lives was as great, if not greater, as the impact he had on his two children.

The hole that Warren has left in the lives of all he has touched is unexplainable and unimaginable. His wings may have been ready but our hearts were not.

Details will be forthcoming for services scheduled in spring 2021, in Rhinelander, to celebrate Warren's life with family and friends. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Glioblastoma Foundation in hope that one day, there is a cure.

Faith and Death, by Mort Hulce (Warren's uncle)

The human soul is a lonely thing

That soars on lucid, fragile wings.

Where did it come from, where will it go?

Man may wonder, but never know.

When getting ready to depart

It dulls the brain

And still the heart

And hides in a misty border-land

Lest mortals dare follow

The soul of man.

You may leave your private condolences for the Wendt family at

The Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414) is handling the arrangements for the family.

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Article comment by: Sonny Rains

Warren and I were business partners working together over the last 3 years or so. I thought the world of Warren and will miss him very much. Warren was as warm and jolly as he was brilliant, and he made a significant impact on my life. I hope I can help see through some of his business ideas and add to his legacy.

Posted: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Article comment by: Joe Guldan

Warren and I grew up together, We were next-door neighbors. Luckily we were little angels and never got into any trouble. We built tree forts (which we both fell out of), played in the bark piles and woods at the end of Rib St, fished in Boom lake, and did a million other things together. I last saw Warren in 1969 but I will always cherish the great memories of our childhood together. My condolences to his family especially his sister Kim.

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