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Wendell D. Bahs, age 87, of Traverse City, passed away on March 13, 2021. He was born February 7, 1934, in Battle Creek, MI. Wendell is survived by his wife, Christine Bahs of Traverse City; daughters, Teresa R. Farah and Husband of Grand Rapids; Tina M. Erskine of Austin, TX; step-daughters, Rachelle Jenkins and Husband of KY; Kimberly Porlier and Husband of IN, Deborah A. Kelley of Manistee; step-son, Donald L. Bailey of Traverse City; sisters, Vonda Bauer and Husband of KS, Catherine Bahs of Kentwood; brother- in- law, John Sellers of Granger, IN; sister- in-law, Lori Sellers of Granger, IN; 16 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Sterling and Ruth Bahs; step-daughter, Judith E. Kueker; step-son, John Bailey; and brother who passed as an infant.

Wendell was self employed as a Dairy Farmer until 1971. Soon after, he owned and operated a sales company with his first wife Jocelyn Jean Sellers- Bahs, until her death in 1988. Wendell continued in sales with present wife Christine Bahs until 1999 when they moved to Free Soil, MI.

In Free Soil, Wendell and Christine enjoyed the many quiet and peaceful walks around the lake and through the woods. He also very much enjoyed singing gospel music with Christine and spending time with church family. Some of his best time spent was traveling full time for 10 years in their RV.

Donations may be sent in his honor to St Judes Children’s Hospital.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Wendell’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.MichiganCremation.com
Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.

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  1. Merton Youngberg & Jeanne Youngberg on March 22, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    Dear Christine,
    We just read about Wendell in our Manistee paper on the wk.end and wanted to express our sympathy to you. We remember you both well and were glad that Wendell gave our bell choir some of his time. We have lost so many of our players now and with the Covid we just haven’t played for some time. Hope you are well and have avoided the virus. Mert continues to play the organ with Mary Peterson at the piano, but we have had no choir in the past year of course. We didn’t go to FL this winter with the Covid still OUT THERE , and with Mert taking care of his prostate concerns. He will be done with those treatments in 4 weeks, has already had them for 4 weeks too. We make the trip to Tcity daily in the car or on the bus at times too. We keep busy with home chores, a nice little veg. garden and have connected with friends in our carport a lot this past year. We still love to bake and cook so have enjoyed sharing during this unusual year of being less busy with the usual extra things we have been involved with before. Enjoy your wonderful memories of shared music, travels and special walks in the woods. May you feel God’s peace and comfort during this adjustment. You are in our thoughts. Mert/Jeanne Youngberg



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