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Old 08-12-2019, 04:44:46 PM
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Just saw on my FB page that Chuck has passed away.
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A very prominent man in our treasured hobby has departed.
Every time I receive my GEMs' Charles name always comes to mind. My BYB manuals graces some of my favorite literature and is referenced almost weekly.
Thank you Chuck for your timeless dedicated services to our hobby and enlightening us with so many historical articles we all enjoy.
R.I.P. Charles H. Wendel
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Mr Wendel's books are the bibles of the hobby.Condolences to the family
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God bless CHW for his tireless work.
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Been close to Chuck for many years....did a lot of stuff with him other than gas engines. Sad over the last 20 years his body never kept up with his head!!! He was 100% upstairs all the time and never stopped dreaming about how to make something work better!!! What he did for our gas engine hobby with bringing out the American Gasoline Engines book (Big Yellow Book) was ground breaking back then and will never be forgotten!!!! (Along with may other books he put together) Also years back Chuck heard the phrase "Love You Man" and a group of us started using that as our parting Good-Bye's.....for one last time......"Love Ya Man"...going to miss you!!! Steve Alt
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yes for sure he was a special man when it came to help to understand our love for old iron with his books on many different things and to sit back and listen to old stories at Ole Threshers and he had many. Rest in peace Chuck
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There is no one in this hobby, who hasn't benefited from his work
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Such sad news!! He will be missed! R.I.P. Mr. C.H. Wendel! Condolences to the family
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I only met him a couple of times, but as others have said, he was a pillar in the gas engine hobby. I believe he was a Christian, so he is safe in the arms of JESUS. amen
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So sad to hear this. RIP Mister Wendel. Condolences to the family.
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Remember the Novo records are at Coolspring Power Museum.
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Default Re: Chuck Wendel Passsing

I never had the privilege to meet Charles Wendel.
But I certainly know his name. And I remember a time when his Big Yellow Book was out of print and would bring $200 on eBay!
It would be neat if one of you fellows that knew him (or even several) if you would write sort an obituary here and memorialize how he got into engines and highlights of all his projects before during and after. About all I know is that he had an old print shop also and was a treasure Trove of literature.
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We know that Mr. Wendel's books were not money makers. He wrote them because he wanted to, not because they were going to earn him big money, much less even pay back his investment in publishing them. That says a lot about his passion for engine and agricultural history.
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AMANA: Charles Harry "C.H." Wendel, age 80, passed away peacefully, with his family by his side on Monday, August 12, 2019, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids with Rev. Jan Horne officiating. Interment will be held at Raetz Cemetery, rural Atkins. Visitation will be held at the Phillips Funeral Home Chapel (212 E. 6th Street) in Vinton from 5:00 until 7:00 PM on Friday. Memorials may be left for the Printers Hall at the Old Threshers, or Trinity Lutheran Church.
His obituary appears on: https://www.phillipsfuneralhomes.com...charles-wendel

For more than forty years C.H. Wendel has been writing books that document the development and use of farm and industrial engines, tools, and machinery. His works include the definitive work on gas engines (American Gasoline Engines Since 1872) which continues to be in demand today. Some of his more popular books are considered “bibles” on tractors, farm equipment and historic documentation of the companies such as Case and John Deere. You may visit https://chwendel.com/about.php to view information on Chuck's life and career.

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God speed, C H Wendel, condolences to the family. A final run for you of an engine you owned at one time https://youtu.be/s3glnT5NVSk. I bought this from Clarence Lammers, a good friend of Dads for a LONG time, Clarence bought it from the George Martin sale, and restored it to like new, he told me it was for sale at an Ill Mo club meeting, I seen the engine run at shows next to me, but didn't know where it came from until the day I picked it up. The box has C H Wendel Atkins Iowa on it and Gilson 1hp and year, 1910. It was a kind of like a WOW moment when he brought the box out, and me not knowing about it !! The engine hobby would not be the same without all of his knowledge, most of it in book form for eternity , without the wisdom he had to make his books, even in times that we have the internet , Google etc , it had to have been a tedious task spending hours on end researching stuff pre-internet days. I never met him, but was at the Mt Pleasant Show one year and seen him , I was answering a question to a spectator, and turned around he was gone, almost positive Dad met him a time or to, I know he sold a couple of leather bound BYB, and signed too, in their book sales he used to have at shows in the 70,s, 80,s early 90,s RIP Sir and Thank You for the hours of research, you will never be forgotten... and a final run for you...
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God speed C.H.

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When I was 13 years old I remember saving my money so I could buy a copy of the BYB. My mom and dad drove me out to Sioux Falls SD from Heron Lake mn (1 1/2 hours one way) so I could buy it in a Walden book store in the Empire mall! The trip there took forever, I donít remember the way back because my nose was buried in Galloway, IHC, Stover, Witte, Associated, and all the rest. I am now 37 the book is so wore out it resembles an old family bible. I have every book he wrote and at least once a week I will reference one of them for something. God Speed Mr Wendel, you helped an incredible number of people enjoy this great hobby!
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Just wanted to share an experience, When I ordered my BYB, it didn't arrive when I thought it should have so I called the number I found as a contact number to check on my order. Low and behold Mr. Wendel answered the phone. When I explained why I called he took my information and said he would check into it. We had a short conversation about antique engines. Seemed so friendly and personable. I received an autographed copy a few days later. He will be dearly missed in the engine community.
Just wanted to share this.
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My daughter wanted me to post this.....this is Chuck in his normals, not formal clothes!!! My daughter growing up went everywhere with me, so she met all the guys in the old car clubs, letterpress world, and gas engine gang. Chuck and she had a great relationship. She took 4 years of German and he would always mess with her with German words she didn't know....and by the smiles on both their faces I'm guessing some of the words you didn't learn in a classroom!!!! Chuck always called Angela "Kid-O"....was a nickname he gave her very young and it stuck over the years....but only he called her that!!!
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Hi All,
I remember when Mr Wendel was the guest of honour and officially opened our National Rally in 1997 at Busselton in Western Australia.
He was with a tour group from the USA, Canada and U.K. He enjoyed his time here in Oz attending several rallies (shows) and private collections viewing some interesting engines, tractors and their restorations with some that he has rarely seen.
He also enjoyed the Australian scenery along with our Aussie tucker (food) especially the steaks. I'm not sure if he tried the kangaroo and other "exotics".

But most of all he enjoyed our friendly hospitality and hoped to visit again. I'm not sure if he did.

Like those who have posted before me. He will be missed.

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