Kenneth “Ken” Wendt, a resident of Watersmeet, Mich., died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at Rennes Health & Rehab Center in Rhinelander. He was 82. 

He was born Aug. 24, 1937, in Milwaukee.

Mr. Wendt retired from Vollrath-Windway in Sheboygan. 

He was a board member of the Headwaters Council for the Performing Arts as well as a founder and president of the Invasive Species Control Coalition of Waters­meet (ISCCW) of Gog­eb­ic County, an environmental group to fight invasive species.

He enjoyed traveling, reading, fishing, watching western films, telling stories and “roughhousing” with the children.

Mr. Wendt is survived by his wife, Patricia (Smith) of Watersmeet; four daughters, Charlene (Aaron) Lammers of Plymouth, Annette (Trent) Gerimer of Two Rivers, Paulette (Jeffrey) Wahl of New Brighton, Minn., and Racheale (Blair) Ward of Cambridge; one son, Gregory (Sandra) Lee of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; one brother, Dale Burke of Seattle, Wash.; one sister, Clarice Zube of Sauk­ville; and many grandchildren and great-grandchil­dren.

A funeral service was held Jan. 11 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watersmeet. 

The family would appreciate memorials in Mr. Wendt’s name to be given to the ISCCW in Watersmeet.

Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River is serving the family.