James Wendell Biddie, a cherished husband, devoted father, and beloved member of his community, passed away on January 12, 2024, at the age of 90. Born on June 28, 1933, in McAlester, Oklahoma, Wendell led a life marked by dedication, love, and a vibrant spirit that touched everyone around him.
Known by his family as “Papa,” Wendell’s life was rich in love and accomplishments. He married his soulmate, Wanda Harlene Blair, on a beautiful Christmas Eve 69 years ago, a union that blossomed into a lifetime of shared memories and adventures. Together, they raised two beautiful daughters, were blessed with five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, all of whom he adored immensely.
For 38 years, Wendell served as the Supervisor of Purchasing at OG&E, where his commitment and work ethic were unparalleled. Wendell also served as a corporal in the United States Army’s 74th engineering division in Korea. An excellent baritone singer, Wendell toured with the USO in Korea, sharing his talent and bringing joy to many during difficult times. He continued his musical journey with a Barber Shop Quartet and as a member of various church choirs, where his voice resonated with warmth and depth.
Wendell was also known for his hobbies, which included building model airplanes and collecting model cars. These activities reflected his meticulous nature and love for intricate details.
Above all, Wendell was a devoted family man. His marriage to Wanda was filled with road trips across the country, laughter, and an abundance of love. His great sense of humor, often expressed through corny jokes, was a source of constant joy for his family. Wendell was also a pie and donut enthusiast, a small but sweet testament to his appreciation for the simple pleasures in life.
His faith in God was a cornerstone of his existence, guiding him through life's challenges and joys. But it was his unwavering love and devotion to his wife, Wanda, affectionately known as 'Meme,' that truly defined him. This love was his most remarkable quality, a testament to his character and the life he led.
James Wendell Biddie will be deeply missed, but his legacy of love, devotion, and the joy he brought to his family and those around him will forever be cherished.