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 16, 2018
    Dave and Chris Kern says:
    Mary, we are very sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • March 21, 2018
    Lloyd Hannah says:
    Mary, Bridget and I send our sympathy to you and your family in your loss. I know that it has been many years since we have seen each other, but we do see Johnny when we return to Illinois and he has kept us up to date on family. Lloyd & Bridget Hannah, Ridgway, CO & Hilo, HI

  • March 27, 2018
    Richard and Deborah Willis and family. says:
    We know that Wendell was a proud and patriotic veteran. We ask God to bless you all in your bereavement.