Wendell DeMand Gugler

Wendell DeMand Gugler Wendell DeMand Gugler , 93,passed away Monday, February 11th in Abilene. He was born in Abilene, KS on April 7, 1925 to Milton and Lillian (DeMand) Gugler. He graduated from AHS and enlisted in the Army where he was sent to Camp Hale, CO with the 10th Mountain Division. He fought in Italy during WWII. After the war he graduated with a BA in business from KU where he was a Phi Gam.

Attended the School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin in Madison for two sessions.

He married Nancy Irene Goeller from Wichita at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on January 25th, 1964 and they have 3 children, Kurt, Todd (wife Cindy) and Erin Parsons (husband Rod) and 4 grandchildren, Abby and Hannah Parsons, and Holland and Cabot Gugler.

He worked for his Dad’s Insurance Agency and then for Farmer’s National Bank retiring as President in Dec. of 1993 after 40 years in Banking.

Wendell and Nancy travelled extensively for 20 years – once going around the world on a ship for 115 days. They had been to all 7 continents once and 6 twice. They have visited over 100 different countries during their travels.

He served in the following areas:
Board of Coronado Council of the Boy Scouts, Junior Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce President in 1960, City Commission for 4 years becoming Mayor in 1969. City Planning commission for 35 years, 1st UMC Treasurer of the Trustees for many year,
Member of the Crusader’s Sunday School Class at FUMC, Sang in the Chancel Choir at First United Methodist Church for over 60 years, Eisenhower Foundation Board Member,
Sang in the Messiah at Lindsborg for many years, Bicycled across Kansas with BAK 5 times,
Grand Marshall of Central KS Free Fair portraying IKE in 1995, 40th Anniversary of People to People International – portrayed IKE June 21, 1996, Volunteer at AHS working with youth,
Abilene’s Most Distinguished Citizen in 1998, Memorial Health Foundation Auxiliary, Volunteer at the Fitness Center, Board of the Community Foundation, and Board of the Great Plains Theater.
Cremation was chosen by him and Nancy. The family will receive friends 5:30 - 6:30 Thursday, February 21st at the Abilene First United Methodist Church. A celebration of life will be held 4:00 PM May 18th at the Abilene First United Methodist Church with a dinner folllowing. The family suggests memorial contributions in his name be made to the church or Hospice of Dickinson County. They may be left at the church or sent in care of the Danner Funeral Home POB 758 Abilene, Kansas 67410.

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