MICHAEL WENDELL Michael James Wendell, 91, of Las Vegas, passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. He was born Feb. 11. 1921, in Cleveland. Michael spent his youth in Youngstown, Ohio. Mike served in the U.S. Army Air Corps flying missions over Europe during World War II
. After the war, he completed his studies at the University of Notre Dame
. Mike earned his law degree at Georgetown. In Washington, D.C., he met his bride, the vivacious Betty Smith. Their family would grow to include Theresa, Patricia and Michael. From 1971-1991, Mike served honorably as a judge for the Eighth District Court in the state of Nevada. Many prominent local attorneys would begin their careers as his law clerk, studying the law and gaining something more important - mutual respect and friendship. Mike will be remembered for his loyalty to family and friends. His memory for dates and names was amazing. From his youth in Youngstown, his time in the war, Notre Dame or Georgetown, politicians, cops, or crooks, he always had a story to share, always with humor and never at another's expense. Mike should be remembered as a hale and hearty fellow well met. In 1980, Mike would become a grandpa. He never tired hearing about the exploits and accomplishments of his eight grandchildren. There will be a celebration of Mike Wendell and his life at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at Palm Mortuary, 7400 W. Cheyenne Ave. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Catholic Charities or the Salvation Army.