Franklin Wendell Durdle

November 24, 1932 - March 12, 2018
Franklin Wendell Durdle

Franklin Wendell Durdle, age 85, of Hampstead, passed away on Monday, March 12, 2018, at his home in the warm embrace of his family.

He was born on November 24, 1932, in Delavan, IL., the son of John Durdle and Frances Jibben Durdle.

Frank served his country with honor and distinction as a Senior Master Sergeant in the United States Air Forces, he retired after a career that spanned almost 21 years.

Frank is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years Mary (Canada); his children Nick, Deborah and her husband Gordon, and Dennis. He is also survived by five grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, one great great grandchild and his brother John Durdle.

Together with his parents he was predeceased by his brother Wayne Durdle.

A service to celebrate Frank’s life will be held at 10:30am on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 3302 S. College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28412. Inurnment will follow at 2:00pm at the Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery a rendering of Full Military Honors will be presented in recognition of Frank’s honorable and faithful service.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 16076 US Hwy 17, Hampstead, NC 28443. 910-821-1713.


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  • March 14, 2018
    Eric & Penny Hitchcock says:
    He was a great man and loving uncle. I'm sorry I won't be home until Friday so I will miss the service. Aunt Mary - hoping to see you soon. Love Penny

  • March 14, 2018
    Joyce Canada says:
    Sorry for loss.. Good memories of him.

  • March 14, 2018
    Nancy (Endicott) martinez says:
    Mary, so sorry for you and your family for your loss.

  • March 14, 2018
    George and Judy Cooper says:
    Will always remember Frank as a caring and thoughtful man and very entertaining when he got his partner out. Our prayer is for you, Mary. Frank has joined another great man going Home recently. Good company.

  • March 15, 2018
    Bob and Vicki Baughman says:
    Mary, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.