Born March 19, 1940 went to join his best friend and wife of 52 years, the former Gayle I. Layton, at rest.

Born March 19, 1940 went to join his best friend and wife of 52 years, the former Gayle I. Layton, at rest. Wendell passed away on July 7, 2017. He was the youngest son of Doris Beam and William Draper. Wendell attended school in Hammondsport. He was a volunteer firemen in the 1960s. He married Gayle on May 18, 1963. Gayle predeceased him in 2015. He worked in various vineyards around the finger lakes area. He enjoyed hunting and passed this tradition on to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

Wendell is survived by his four sons Samuel Draper, Wendell Draper II, James (Rachael) Draper, and Shannon E. Draper. He is also survived by his grandchildren Mindy (Leon) Ellis, Stacie (Dennis) Contreras, Lindsey (Jonathan) Cook, Bethany Draper, Shannon T. Draper and Payton Draper, as well as 5 great grandchildren. 

Graveside committal will be held at the convenience of the family, with Anthony Palmer officiating. There will be a celebration of life at the Hammondsport Fire Department on Thursday July 20 at 7:30pm. In lieu of flowers donations maybe made to the New York State Shooting Sports Program or to the Town of Urbana Highway
Department.

Arrangements are by the LaMarche Funeral Home of Hammondsport.