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The Western Star, October 17, 1991.

Obituary: Wendel G. Ferrin

Wendel Gene Ferrin, 64, of Tucson, Ariz., died Oct 11, 1991, in Tucson.

Born at home in Powell Township, Comanche County, Kansas, on April 30, 1927 to Ernest Leroy and Nellie May (Barnett) Ferrin, he attended Ridge Summit School and graduated from Wilmore High School in 1944.

He married Alice Lorene Norton on Dec. 22, 1949; their four children were born while they lived on their farm five miles northeast of Wilmore.

On June 1, 1966, Wendel and his family moved to Tucson for the beneficial effect of the desert climate on his asthma and Wendel began working as a carpenter. Divorced in the spring of 1976, he married Angie Villa Oct. 13, 1979, in Tucson.

He was a member of Coldwater Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. No. 295 and of the Tucson Carpenter's Local No. 857. He was master of Wilmore Lodge no. 412 of Wilmore in 1960 and was acting master of that lodge on Nov. 14, 1961 when his father received his 50-year emblem for Masonry from the Grand Master of Kansas.

Over the past four years, Wendel wrote his autobiography, much of which concerns life in Comanche County. A copy of this book will be placed in the archives of the Kansas State Historical Society.

He is survived by his widow, Angie, of the home; sons, Darrell, Jerry and Brent Ferrin; daughter, Janet Elmore; grandson, Dennis Fought; granddaughter, Dominique Ferrin, all of Tucson; his brother, Delmer "Buck" Ferrin of Wilmore; sister, Helen Flory of Montezuma's Camp, Ariz., and by many other relatives and friends.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct. 15, 1991 by Pastor Steve Brown in the North Chapel of Tucson Mortuary. A eulogy was delivered by Wendel's son, Jerry. Interment was at Holy Hope Cemetery in Tucson with Masonic graveside services.


A few stories from Wendel Ferrin's Memoirs:
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Wendel Ferrin, circa 1939, at about 12 years of age, Comanche County, Kansas.
Wendel Ferrin at about 12 years of age
Comanche County, Kansas.

From left: Delmer Lee, Helen Aurie and Wendel Gene Ferrin, children of Ernest & Nellie Ferrin, in their Wilmore High School band uniforms. Photo taken in 1940 at the Ferrin farm, West Powell Township, Comanche County, Kansas,  by Nellie May Ferrin.
Delmer Lee, Helen Aurie and Wendel Gene Ferrin
in their Wilmore High School band uniforms.

Photo taken in 1940 at the Ferrin farm, West Powell Township, Comanche County, Kansas,
by Nellie May Ferrin
.

Wendel Gene Ferrin, Wilmore High School Senior Photo, Comanche County, Kansas.
Wendel Gene Ferrin, 1944.
Wilmore High School Senior Photo, Comanche County, Kansas.

Ernest and Nellie (Barnett) Ferrin with their children: from left: Wendel Gene Ferrin, Helen Aurelia Ferrin, Delmer Lee Ferrin.
Ernest and Nellie (Barnett) Ferrin with their children:
Wendel Gene Ferrin, Helen Aurelia Ferrin, Delmer Lee Ferrin. 1945.

Wendel Ferrin holds his 2nd son, Jerry, while his oldest son, Darrell, sits beside him. Taken at the Ferrin farm, Comanche County, Kansas, December 1952.
Wendel Ferrin holds his 2nd son, Jerry, while his oldest son, Darrell, sits beside him.
Photo taken at the Ferrin farm, Comanche County, Kansas, December 1952..

Wendel Ferrin holds his 2nd son, Jerry, while his oldest son, Darrell, squats beside them. Taken at the Ferrin farm, Comanche County, Kansas, December 1952, while Wendel was digging a celler which adjoined the bathroom to hold a water pump and hot water heater.
Wendel Ferrin holds his 2nd son, Jerry, while his oldest son, Darrell, squats beside them.
Taken at the Ferrin farm, Comanche County, Kansas, December 1952,
while Wendel was digging a celler which adjoined the bathroom to hold a water pump and hot water heater.
Photo taken at the Ferrin farm, Comanche County, Kansas, December 1952..

Wendel and Alice Ferrin with their first two sons, Darrell & Jerry, about December 1952, Comanche County, Kansas.
Wendel and Alice Ferrin with their sons, Darrell & Jerry.
About December 1952, Comanche County, Kansas.

Alice Lorene (Norton) Ferrin, Comanche County, Kansas, September 1959, with her daughter, Janet Lorene Ferrin. Photo from the collection of Alice Lorene (Norton) Bergeman.

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Alice Lorene (Norton) Ferrin, with her daughter, Janet Lorene Ferrin.
Comanche County, Kansas, September 1959, photo by Wendel Ferrin.
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Ernest L. Ferrin, at left, holds Shorty while his grandsons, Darrell, Jerry & Brent Ferrin, sit on the horse's back; their father, Wendel, is at right in the photo. Taken on the Ferrin farm near Wilmore, Comanche County, Ks, 1961.
Ernest L. Ferrin holds Shorty while his grandsons, Darrell, Jerry & Brent Ferrin, sit on the horse's back; their father, Wendel, is at right in the photo.
Taken on the Ferrin farm near Wilmore, Comanche County, Ks, 1961.

Darrell, Jerry, Brent & Janet Ferrin are 9th generation descendants of Captain Jonathan Farren of Amesbury, Massachusetts, & Newton, New Hampshire (circa 1697 to 5 May 1770.) The line of descent is as follows: Wendel Gene Ferrin 8, Ernest Leroy Ferrin 7, Loren Ferrin 6, Rueben Ferrin 5, Zebulon Ferrin 4, Zebulon Ferrin 3, Zebulon Farren 2, Jonathan Farren 1.


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