Born on February 3, 1941, in New Castle, he was the son of the late Wendell Manchester, Sr. and Helen (Thompson) Manchester.
Wendell was a graduate of Cornwall High School.
He was married to Donna (Hunt) Salmonson on February 15, 1996 in Greenfield.
Wendell drove over the road trucking for Smith Trucking PA, Ellsworth Ice Cream in Saratoga, where he met his wife, Fiberglass Industries in Ballston Spa, and Spa Steel in Saratoga.
He liked to watch NASCAR, and was a Dale Earnhardt, JR and SR fan. Wendell enjoyed woodworking, working on cars and trucks, planting his garden and rose bushes, and hunting and fishing. Wendell loved country music, especially his “Red Head” Reba McEntire. He was fun to be around, and he loved animals. Most of all he loved being with his family, and having a beer and raising hell with them.
In addition to his parents, Wendell is predeceased by his father in law, Henry Hunt.
Survivors include, his wife of 21 years, Donna Manchester of Gansevoort; his daughter, Wendy Portugal and her husband, Paul of Norfolk, VA; his son, Wendell C. “Butch” Manchester III of Yonkers; his two step-children, Heidi Taylor and her husband, Michael of Saratoga Springs, and April Salmonson of Moreau; his sister, Ruth and her husband, Mark of Newburgh, and Suzanne of Florida; his brother, Joey Manchester; his seven grandchildren, including his two granddaughters, Jazmyn, and Emily Basped; his mother in law, Margaret Hunt; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and brothers and sisters in law.
Friends and family are invited to call on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc. located at 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.
Donations in Wendell’s name may be made out to The DAV – Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.