Wendell Faber

Wendell Faber

September 16, 1925 – October 29, 2022

Wendell Faber was born September 16th, 1925, to Peter and Rena Faber in South Dakota near Akron, Iowa. He started school near Hawarden, Iowa, in 1930. His family moved to Lincoln County, South Dakota, in 1931, where he finished eight years of school. Wendell made his choice to follow Jesus in 1940 and continued throughout his life.

He helped at home and worked on a farm until he was 22. In 1950, he was drafted into the Army for two years during the Korean War. He returned to Iowa until 1957 when he moved to Los Angeles. He worked nights in a machine shop for 25 years while he acquired and managed apartment buildings. This enabled him to spend the next 20 years traveling around the world to help prepare for church conventions. He cherished the people he met and often told about his extraordinary experiences.

In 1999, he moved to Omaha and married Vivian Smith in 2005. They made their home in the country north of Omaha, where Wendell had a well-equipped shop. He planted many beautiful trees, hostas, and flowers that they both enjoyed, along with the birds and other wildlife. His yard and buildings were always well-maintained. He was happy to help his friends and neighbors with building projects and tree trimming.

Preceded in death by wife, Vivian; parents, Peter and Rena Faber; brothers: Philip and Roland Faber; sisters: Bernece Faber, June Faber, Freda Faber, Lois Williams, Rosa De Boer, and Bernice Faber.

Survived by brothers: Maynard, Laurence, and Ronald Faber; sisters: Goldie Vlieger, Philene Swearengin, and Lydia Beemer.

VISITATION: Friday, November 4, 2022, 5-7PM, at West Center Chapel. SERVICE: Saturday, November 5, 2022, 9AM, at West Center Chapel. Interment with military honors: Forest Lawn Cemetery.

To view a live broadcast of the service, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Josie Harper Hospice House.


  • Laurence and Wanda J. Faber Posted October 31, 2022 10:19 am

    Rest in peace, brother. We will miss you. With love,

  • Oreal J Wicks Posted November 1, 2022 11:42 am

    Sending hugs love to family

  • Bowyer Andrew & Christine Posted November 1, 2022 11:55 am

    Wendell was such an example of someone who was deeply rooted and faithful soul. We appreciated his life, friendship and love for those things that give purpose and meaning to life. We always enjoyed his deep thoughts from what he read and applied. We will miss you , our visits and little letters of encouragement that came through the mail.

  • JOYCE LANIE Posted November 1, 2022 5:11 pm

    Wendell holds a very special place in my heart. I remember waiting for him to get off a plane at O’Hare Airport the first time I met him. I was a very young girl, maybe 5 years old. He saw me and knew who I was because of how well he knew my parents. He put his hand on my shoulder and led me to my mom and dad who were standing a short distance from me. I loved him from that time forward. My family spent many hours together with him. The love we all shared and the spiritual thoughts he shared with us. We lost a dear friend but heaven gained another faithful soul. I will miss him dearly. I love you Wendell. RIP. My sincere prayers go out to his family. May you find comfort in your time of sorrow.

  • Jim Shelby Posted November 2, 2022 8:41 am

    Wendell was a very dear friend for many years and often came to Bradley for our convention which was just over last Sunday. His hands left prints on projects in several countries, a lasting testimony in Heaven and will be greatly missed on earth.
    Love from brothers and sisters in Christ.

  • LaNelle & Ervin Hancock by Posted November 2, 2022 10:10 am

    We will miss his smile and kind words when we saw him at Convention.. He was a faithful, loyal bearer of the cross and constant in his service to God..

  • Wilfred & Marlene (Propp) Taylor Posted November 3, 2022 8:23 am

    Our condolences go to the family of Wendell Faber! Wendell was a good friend of our family and especially to my brother-in-law Willis Propp. He will be missed in Omaha, had a very useful home there. True and faithful in his place. 💕

  • Dean & Joyce Klenk Posted November 3, 2022 5:03 pm

    Our condolences go to all of Wendell’s family — we knew and loved them all! His sister, Goldie (Jim) Vlieger is a sister-in-law, sharing many times together. We are thankful for his faithful life and example!

  • Wade & Andrea Burgess family Posted November 4, 2022 7:10 am

    We are grateful to have been encouraged and supported by a man who lived life with purpose, humility, and guidance from above. Wendell will be long remembered as a man who was a steady hand in our spiritual development and dedication to service.

  • Philene Swearengin Posted November 4, 2022 5:07 pm

    I have many wonderful memories of Wendell throughout the years and I appreciate all the help that he has given me. I shall not soon forget them. With love,

  • Philip and Tina Hancock Posted November 4, 2022 8:22 pm

    Wendell was so special to us. We always enjoyed visiting with him and Vivian. He was such an encouragement to all. Our deepest sympathies to the family.

  • Donald Veldkamp Posted November 5, 2022 8:11 am

    I have many good memories of Wendell’s faithful life. He touched me in my family in many ways to encourage us by his example.. Thanks.

  • Robin and Christine Goldsack Posted July 17, 2023 11:55 pm

    We have just found out Wendell passed a month after his 97th birthday, when we last spoke with him. We really appreciated all his visits to New Zealand – especially the last one with Vivian, Jim and Goldie. A faithful godly man who always had words of encouragement. We will miss him. Love and sympathy to all his family , Robin and Christine Goldsack , Pukekohe, New Zealand

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