| August/September 2000

WILBERT ELLIS 'BOOP' WENDT, SR., was born October 25, 1918 in Bellville, Texas, the son of Adolph and Marie (Seyer) Wendt. In 1940, he was baptized in the Methodist faith.

He was united in marriage with Flora Schroeder on August 20, 1938 at St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville.

Boop went to work for John Deere as an engine repairman in 1943 attending schools in Mississippi and Iowa. He went into business for himself in 1959 repairing tractors, small engines, and all types of lawn and farm equipment. He retired in 1979.

In 1986, when he went back into business for himself, he began collecting and restoring antique engines and was featured on a segment of 'The Eyes of Texas.' Boop also enjoyed collecting and repairing clocks.

He loved squirrels and had made pets of those that were in and around his yard.

A lifelong resident of Bellville, Boop was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Woodmen of the World, and the Gulf Coast Fly Wheelers Antique Club. He was also a member of both the Coshatte and Kenney agricultural societies. For a number of years, he had also served on the board of directors for the Millheim Harmony Hall. For over 40 years, he was active in the Pilgrims Rest Cemetery Association where he sold spaces, marked graves, and handled dirt removal and general upkeep of the cemetery.