Wendell Floyd Capron

November 21, 1933 ~ May 27, 2022 (age 88)


Wendell F. Capron was born on November 21, 1933 in Randolf, VT, to Earle and Ruth Capron. He very quickly developed a life-long case of wanderlust as he grew up in rural Vermont.

In 1951, Wendell joined the Air Force, and Uncle Sam was very willing to indulge Wendell’s wanderlust, sending him to Germany. It was there that he met missionaries who “straightened him out” and gave him a heart for missions that stayed with him all his life.

Upon returning to the States, Wendell met and married Sandra L. Carpenter. In short order, Wendell and Sandy added four more travelers to their troupe, the youngest of which Wendell delivered at home in a Vermont blizzard.

Wendell put his GI Bill money to use to earn his Bachelor’s degree from Cedarville College in Cedarville, Ohio in 1957 and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Vermont in 1965. He used his education well, ministering in many churches and Christian schools across Michigan, Vermont, North Carolina, and Montana.

Wendell finally found “home” in 1989, arriving in Laurel, MT, where both he and Sandy accepted teaching positions at Yellowstone Valley Christian School, a ministry of First Baptist Church. He was also an active member at FBC, serving in various positions with a special interest in missions. After retiring from teaching, Wendell traveled across Montana and Wyoming taking school pictures for Life Touch Studios.

In the early morning hours of Friday, May 27, 2022, the Lord called Wendell to his heavenly home. The family wishes to extend heart-felt thanks to Hospice and to the staff at Laurel Health and Rehab for the excellent care that he received there for the last few months of his earthly life.

Wendell is survived by Sandy his wife of 65 years, their four children: Tamsen Kober of Laurel, Wendy Capron of Houston, TX, Barry (Ranel) Capron of Cheyenne, WY, and Dan (Tammi) Capron of Park City, as well as four grandchildren: Paul Kober (Laurel), Rob Capron (Lincoln, NE), Kevin Capron (Ft. Collins, CO), and Ashley Capron (Milwaukee, WI).

Internment will take place at the Yellowstone National Cemetery on Tuesday, May 31, at 9 am. Friends are welcome to attend.

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