Frederick Wendorf

Frederick Lee "Fred" Wendorf

Tuesday, October 9th, 1945 - Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
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Frederick Lee Wendorf, 74, of Salem, Va., passed away on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, after a prolonged illness.

Fred was born on October 9, 1945, at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Yukon, Fla. He attended Cave Spring High School and Fork Union Military Academy. Fred was a graduate of Wake Forest University with majors in Political Science and Communications, and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. Fred went on to serve as VP of Marketing for Dynamics, Inc. and founded American Independent Marketing Inc. where he served as President & CEO until 1973. He later formed a consulting company, Limited Editions Ltd. In 1988, he founded Commercial Leasing Corporation and Lenders Leasing Corp (trading as Lease Southeast) as well as Equipment Distribution Systems (EDASCO). Fred was also involved in the executive management of AL&F Limited Partners and Wendorf Family, LLC.

A T1D himself, Fred was a staunch advocate for Juvenile Diabetes research. He was proud to be a past President and board member of the Greater Blue Ridge Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He was instrumental in helping to build funding for the continuing search for a cure for diabetes, the third leading cause of death in the US.

Fred was preceded in death by his father, Frederick Henry Wendorf; his mother, Anna Lee Wendorf Stockton; his beloved stepfather, Arch Stockton; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Frederick Wendorf; and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Grover C. Starbuck.

Fred is survived by his loving fiancée, Sherry McLain of Greensboro N.C.; godson, William “Sky” Holt (wife, Betsy; daughter, Lily) of San Diego, Calif.; aunt, Jean Robinson of Ormond Beach, Fla.; and numerous cousins, close fraternity brothers, and many special friends.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at Covenant Presbyterian Church located at 1831 Deyerle Road SW in Roanoke, Va., with Dr. Kyle Allen and The Rev. Dr. Bill Jeffries officiating. Fred will be laid to rest in the Belvedere Gardens Mausoleum at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem, Va. There will be a gathering of Fred’s friends and family at Mac & Bob’s in Salem following the service at Sherwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be expressed at
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  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 1:00pm
    Covenant Presbyterian Church
    1831 Deyerle Road SW
    Roanoke, Virginia 24018
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Dr. Kyle Allen
    Rev. Bill Jeffries
  • Interment

    Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 |
    Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
    Sherwood Memorial Park
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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Roland Lazenby

Posted at 12:54pm
Recall many pickup basketball games with you, Fred, and our occasional basketball trips. You were a great guy and will be missed. Your dedication to the fight against Juvenile Diabetes was well beyond admirable. RIP

Raymond Stallings

Posted at 04:01pm
The world is missing a great guy,who dearly be missed. R Stallings

Joseph Wysor Smith

Posted at 10:48am
With our deepest Sympathy!
Wysor and Joe Smith

Posted at 09:18pm
I knew Fred thru the SHAG CLUB. Always the gentleman in dress and deed. And
One of the best dancers there.
My condolences to his family and friends.
Charlotte Moore.

Patsy Weaver Murphy

Posted at 09:17pm
I was so sad to learn of Fred's passing and having known him since I was 16 years old it will not be the same not to see Fred dressed to the 9 with his beautiful smile and having a great time dancing. Fred was such a gentleman and well liked by everyone he came across and will be sadly missed but not forgotten. Your Friend, Patsy Weaver Murphy

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