8/12/1942 – 6/29/2012
Gilbert “Del” Wantland, age 69, of Sheridan, passed away on Friday, June 29, 2012 at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was born on August 12, 1942 in Riverside, California, the son of Gilbert & Mary Louise (Hopkins) Wantland.
On August 13, 1977, Del was married to the former Susan E. Munn and she survives in addition to two sisters, Linda & George Belche of Buford, Georgia and Kay & Dave Brown of Yakima, Washington plus several nieces and nephews.
Del was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Sara Louise Wantland and a son, Ryan D. Wantland.
Formerly of California, Del has been a resident of Sheridan since 1993 where he was an administrator for Point Man Ministries.
Del served his country in the Vietnam Conflict with the US Army 1st / 7th Cavalry and received the Purple Heart for injuries he received. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, the VFW Post 5065 of Sheridan and the American Legion.
A memorial service beginning at 11:00 A.M. will be held on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan with Pastor Jim Wilcox officiating. There will not be any visitation held as cremation has already taken place.
In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorial considerations can be made to Special Olympics, 1120 E. Campus Drive, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 and there will also be envelopes available at the funeral home.
On 7/6/2012 CDR CHARLES (Chuck) ZILCH USN(RET) said:
Del was a great and loyal l friend and comrade! God bless Del and his family. Navy Pilot Chuck Z.
On 7/6/2012 Chet Trybus said:
Del was a good friend and Schubert Male Chorus performer. He will always be in our prayers. Chet Trybus, Schubert Male Chorus
On 7/6/2012 Joseph A Graham said:
Susan, I have no words to express my sorrow over the passing of “Del.” He was a truly, truly great man who accomplished so much in his life on behalf of his fellow man and Vietnam Brothers and Sisters. You have my deepest condolences. I have posted his “Memorial” on my Facebook Page. God Bless You and Yours. I am your humble servant if you should need me.
On 7/6/2012 Pastor Steven L. Devroy said:
Del was a wonderful christian man! I first heard Del’s testimony on the program unschackled. I was able to meet Del through a fellow brother in the Lord named Bill R. Del was such an encouragement to me and the bible study group that was able to meet with him. Del was always filled with God’s love and he was a bold witness for Jesus Christ. I want to thank Sue for her hard work in taking care of Del and for her servant heart. God’s Blessings and peace to Del’s family,
On 7/6/2012 Tom Roth said:
Such an ‘upbeat’ guy!! Del always had a smile on his face…….you couldn’t help appreciating all that life holds through Del. You will be dearly missed……………….. but always remembered.
On 7/6/2012 Roger Simmons said:
Del was one of my heros. He had more courage than any man I’ve ever met. In spite of his tough break, he was always smiling, even when he was uncomfortable. He had a great sense of humor. I was proud to call him my friend, my heart goes out to Sue, a wonderful wife and mother. I shall miss him. His religious beliefs were amazing, he always made me feel special when I was with him.
On 7/7/2012 George Staab said:
Del was a President of Point Man International Ministries for many years, and helped me and thousands of other veterans of war with all his hard work for the Ministry and personal counseling. I, and many,many other Vietnam war vets will miss him. May God Bless him – BORN INTO HEAVEN !
On 7/7/2012 Laura L. Mosby said:
Sue, words escape me. I’m leaving for Kentucky on Sunday so I will miss the funeral but I will be praying for you and the family. I had planned on getting together with you after Ryan passed but life seemed to get in the way. I wish I could have seen Del once more. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let me know your number and email so I can see you when I get back.
On 7/7/2012 Doug Hall said:
We miss Del, and our prayers go out to his family. Thanks for all the hurting Vets touched by Del and Point Man. Doug ENG. hall 173rd.Abn.A/4th/503rd
On 7/8/2012 Dennis Hess said:
The last time I talked to Del while in the hospital in Milwaukee, he was so very positive as always. He is in the hospital and he gives ME words of encouragement! That’s Del. He was a devout Christian and an honor to have known. He is missed.
On 7/9/2012 kay wantland said:
Dad I love and miss you I have learned so much from u. So glad I can say I am your daughter in law y mean so much to me till we meet again I love. u Dad
On 7/9/2012 Peggy Slappey said:
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the entire family of this amazing man.