Wendell O. Anderton
September 26, 1937 ~ October 24, 2020

It is with a sad heart that we announce the loss of this wonderful man.

Wendell was born to Odell and Ida Anderton of Westhaven. Both have preceded him in death.

Wendell was preceded in death by his middle son, Scott Anderton. Scott leaves behind his wife, Lindy and his two children, Scott and Jenny of Windsor, Ca. Wendell is survived by his two sons, Terry Anderton of Santa Rosa, Ca and his youngest son Marty Anderton of Windsor, Ca. His sister, Norma (Jean ) Nevinger and her husband Gary of New York. His brother Marvin Anderton and his wife Sherie of Westhaven, Ca. His brother Clark Anderton and his wife Pati of Westhaven. He is also survived by his life partner, Margie Jackman. He is also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Anyone who had the privilege to meet Wendell loved him. Like that of a diamond, Wendell had many facets. He was one of the last of the true axe men. He spent his working years, felling trees. He always said: “He wasn’t happy until the trees were wallet size”. There are many pictures of him, throughout the decades, wearing Levi’s cut above his ankles and red suspenders. His chainsaw was just an extension of his arm. He was truly a man’s man.

He was great at making friends and keeping them. His friendships were his most prized possession. He loved absorbing knowledge. He would read, extensively about most everything that interested him. He loved getting knowledge from people. He listened carefully to experiences and passions of people he would meet. He liked hearing about what made each person unique. He would store away the information until he was able to speak with them again. Wendell was a prankster. He took delight in teasing friends and family. Those he teased would agree to all his shenanigans.

His social routine each week included Friday night dinners at Gary and Glenda Howard’s. Thursday afternoons were spent at Moonstone Crossing Winery, and many birthday celebrations were spent at the Moose Lodge in McKinleyville.

Traveling was also one of Wendell’s passions. He traveled to Europe and throughout the United States. Visiting the National Parks were a favorite of his.

Wendell took delight in cooking. He could go into any restaurant and order their specialty. Within days, he would recreate it on his own, and it would be better than the original from the restaurant.

Wendell always had the desire to make wine. With the help from his friends, Don and Sharon Bremm @ Moonstone Crossings Winery in Trinidad. Wendell created his own blends of wine and called it: Black Bear Winery. This was one of Wendell’s proudful accomplishments.

Wendell also had a green thumb. He grew his own banana trees. Once the bananas were ripe, Wendell would make banana daiquiris. He was also a truck gardener. He planted several of them throughout his property.

At Wendell’s request, there will be no services. Just have a toast to Wendell and tell a good story about him. I’m sure there are many to tell.


The obituary above was submitted on behalf of Wendell Anderton’s loved ones. The Lost Coast Outpost runs obituaries of Humboldt County residents at no charge. See guidelines here.