Obituary of Wendell Lerch (1945 – 2021) – Lowville, NY
At this time, there will be no hours or calling services in New York. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Dell at Happiness House, 731 Pre-Emption Road, Geneva, NY 14456.
Dell was born September 30, 1945, the son of Wendell and Florene (Robbins) Lerch in Memphis, Tennessee. Dell attended Romulus Central School and married the love of his life, Helen Crowther, on September 21, 1973. They would have celebrated 48 years of marriage next month. Dell and Helen remained in the Romulus area, Helen continuing nursing while Dell operated his own farm and continued to work on the family farm. Dell and Helen moved to Florida in 1990, Dell worked for IDS St. Petersburg for several years. Dell and Helen returned to New York State because Dell loved farming, working on the farm for many years, until their seasonal return to Florida in 2019. Throughout his life, Dell nurtured, cared for and cared for the many farm animals and cattle in his care. Dell loved all animals and took care of the horses, dogs, cats and the countless stray animals that came his way, they were never turned down.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; brothers Robert (LuAnn) of MacDougall, NY, and Richard “Rick” (Judith) of Waterloo, NY; sister, Linda (William) Rescorl of Florida; Michael (Becky) Veeder from Florida and Steven Veeder from Canandaigua, NY; grandchildren Kari Veeder of Romulus, NY, Kevan Veeder and Katlynn Veeder both of Florida, Korey Veeder of Ohio, Devan Veeder of Newark, NY and Katherine Veeder of Schenectady, NY; Dell has remained close to his godson and nephew, Daniel Richard Lerch of Waterloo, NY; her aunt, Beverly Hunt of Penn Yan; as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews; and nine great-grandchildren.
Dell was predeceased by his father, Wendell; his mother, Florene; and his niece, Carrie Norton.
A very special thank you to our grandson Kevan Veeder who supported and helped take care of his grandfather Dell and all of our supportive friends especially Sharon Draund, Charles Perkins, Lynette Brown, Sue Boyd and Margaret Dadswell, their kindness will never be forgotten.
Condolences can be shared with family online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com
Arrangements are made by Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc. of Lowville, NY
Published by Finger Lakes Times September 1-4, 2021.