TUPPER LAKE - Wendell Dean "the Dream" Naegele, 50, of 752 state Route 30, Tupper Lake, died Sunday, June 24, 2012, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt.
Born in Saranac Lake on April 22, 1962, he was the son of Wendell and Shirley (Doty) Naegele. He was a graduate of Saranac Lake Central School. Dean married Heather Lewis on Sept. 20, 1980, in Tupper Lake.
Dean had been employed by the telephone company for 23 years until his retirement. Following his retirement, he owned and operated Dean's Tree Service and later became a caretaker and guide at Litchfield Park in Tupper Lake.
Dean shared his love of hunting, fishing and anything outdoors with anyone willing to join in on the adventure, especially his nephews, nieces and his numerous cousins. He had a special place in his heart for the Mountaineer Rugby Club, serving as president numerous times and team captain when they won the Saranac Lake Can-Am Tournament. He especially loved spending time at Camp Sunset and welcomed the company of anyone who might wander by.
Dean was a member of the Saranac Lake Elks Lodge BPOE 1508, Loyal Order of the Moose and Sons of the American Legion in Saranac Lake. He had also served as a town councilman for the town of Harrietstown for several years, and as a village of Saranac Lake trustee for two years.
He is survived by his wife, Heather Naegele of Tupper Lake; one daughter, Rachel Naegele; his father, Wendell Dean Naegele of Saranac Lake; one brother, Thomas Robert and his wife Michele Jordan of Windsor, Colo.; one sister, JoAnn Latourelle and her husband Alan of Saranac Lake; his mother-in-law, Marie Lewis of Tupper Lake; several aunts, uncles and his large extended family.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Naegele, and his father-in-law, Robert Lewis.
Calling hours will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake. A memorial service will immediately follow at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. with Rev. William Cooper officiating.
Friends wishing to remember Wendell Dean Naegele II may make memorial contributions to National Living Donor Assistance Center (NLDAC), 2461 S. Clark St., Suite 640, Arlington, VA 22202 or a favorite charity, in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at www.stuartfortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.