Richard Willy Wendtland

Richard Willy Wendtland, age 58, died unexpectedly on Sunday November 5, 2017, at his home in Falls Church, VA. Born May 12, 1959 in France, he is the son of the late Manfred Eduard and Madeleine Beck Wendtland. He is survived by his wife, Linda Susan Wendtland; his siblings, Marie-Francoise Perony and Philip Wendtland; his mother-in-law, Jean Christenson; his sisters-in-law, Nazare Wendtland, Deborah Duong and Irene Biles; his soon to be brother-in-law, Art Goldenbaum and his niece, Gabrielle Woods. A funeral service will be held at Advent Chapel on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 11 AM, and will conclude at the graveside at Oakwood Cemetery, Falls Church, VA. He loved flying, he loved his cars and trains, but he loved his wife and family most of all.

16 Responses to Richard Willy Wendtland

  1. Theresa Beall says:

    The entire Wendtland family is in my prayers. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May the Lord give you all comfort and peace.

  2. Janis Smyly says:

    I am in total disbelief at this sad news. Richard was a great part of our Hangar 6 family. He was always there to help in any way he could. My heart goes out to you and I have you in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Randy Babbitt says:

    I am absolutely stunned by this sad news. I had the privilege of getting to fly with Richard at Hangar 6 and he was the consummate airman, a gentleman and truly a pilot’s pilot. My thoughts, love and prayers are with all of Richard’s family & friends.

  4. Todd Gentry says:

    I flew with Richard to many places around he globe. I will miss him. I remember walking around Berlin for 8 hours so he could find a specific place he wanted to see. We weren’t going to head back till he found it. He always made me laugh. He also taught me a lot about relationships and leadership as well as flying. I am heartbroken to hear of his passing. My prayers to his family.

  5. Patrick Doyle says:

    Linda and family, it is with extreme sadness I write today in regard to your loss of Richard. I truly enjoyed the many trips we flew together, as Richard always had a comment (or two) with his dry sense of humor that would bring a smile and many laughs. He was the consummate professional and airman, always striving for better. I particularly remember one trip out west where I teased him incessantly about how his Corvettes never saw anything more than 2nd gear, and that we would be going to the race cart track upon landing and I would give him a driving lesson. We enjoyed the track and many laughs, as he was out to prove himself and his driving skills with a vehicle other than his own!

    Family was always at the forefront for him, and I want you to know, Linda, how he always spoke of you and your relationship together with great reverence and respect for you. I know the past few years have been tough on him, and it pains me greatly to hear that he wasn’t able to achieve his greatest goal in life, that of retiring with you out west. A tremendous loss, a loss that I wish words could somehow soften.

    I truly enjoyed sharing the cockpit and life with “Slick Willy” Wendtland. He was always a true and great friend, through thick and thin. I will miss the banter back and forth with him more than I want to imagine.

    Godspeed, Richard. Godspeed.

    Patrick Doyle
    FAA Hangar Six

  6. Bob Hawthorne LtCol, USAF Retired says:

    All of Richard’s friends at Martinair send their condolences to Linda and all the family….Richard loved to fly…he always worked hard and was always excited about telling his stories about his flights….and he enjoyed talking about Nuclear Energy and the latest advances…We are all saddened…We know Richard is still with us in spirit…. Prayers from all of us..

    Bob and Cathy Hawthorne, Jeff and Suzanne Hawthorne, and Heather Hawthorne Brougham

  7. I. Blom says:

    Richard and I flew together at the airline and it was a shock to hear of his passing. He was a very skilled, professional pilot and I always enjoyed flying with him.

    He had a dry sense of humor and it was always fun when we tried speaking German, I’d usually call him Herr Wendtland.

    Richard was knowledgeable on many subjects; but I will especially remember our shared interest in WW2. One of the last times I flew with him, we talked about German steam locomotives.

    I wish Mrs Wendtland and his family the best in this difficult time.

    Herr Wendtland: Ruhe in Frieden.


  8. Linda Wendtland says:

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has left messages. Your appreciation and memories of my wonderful husband Richard mean a great deal to me and the rest of the Wendtland family. He’s no longer physically with us, but he will forever remain in our hearts. God bless all of you. Linda

  9. Charles Finfrock says:

    Richards passing away has been a painful time. We spent a lot of time discussing a lot of things but more often than not we would end in discussing big American V8 power.
    I can’t write enough because of the pain but can only share the following words and memories..
    Hundreds of horsepower and torque.
    Anything German
    Nuclear Power
    Laguna Seca
    Fruity Alcoholic drinks with umbrellas
    More food
    Flying high and fast….
    Blue skies forever my friend!!

  10. Charles Finfrock says:

    Oh, and one more
    Police cars in Guymon, OK.

  11. janet rossiter says:

    I so enjoyed flying with Richard, he was thoughtful, kind and great to talk to on our long sits. He spoke so highly of you Linda, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. Sheila Burtner says:

    Linda, my heart breaks for you. Please know that your co-workers are here to support you at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the God of all comfort give you His perfect peace.

  13. Jason Tabor says:

    I am so sad I just found out about his passing. We flew together at Bankair for years. He will be missed.

  14. Steve Hannon says:

    Wow don’t know what to say !
    We worked together at Westair and Bank Air. I will speak for all that knew and flew with Richard, he was fun to be with at work .
    I think we have met at your house years back my daughter and I came to your home on a motorcycle.
    Please know that there are a lot of friends keeping you in prayer.

    Steve Hannon

  15. Gene Hamilton says:

    In the mid 90s, Richard came over to Hawaii to build twin turbine time with Big Island Air in their Beech 99. During that time he and I were room mates. I remember when Richard for island wheels, bought a I believe… an 80 something Plymouth Fury III? Anyways there is one thing I can say here is that he was a helluva good wrench and he was a walking Detroit encyclopedia. His stories about the DC culture and about working as a U.S. patent examiner always peaked my interest, and not only that, he was also quite the cut up about the house. I lost track of Richard for several years while in Alaska working for a freight dogger in Fairbanks. I was Finally able to reconnect with Richard about 2 months ago. This news comes as a shock to me this day with great sadness and sorrow. you are greatly missed brother, I hope to see you on the other side Willy. I will be keeping you all in Prayer.
    Gene Hamilton

  16. Mark Hellner says:

    My condolences to the family. I knew Richard from his days at the USPTO. I was part of his coffee clique wherein we would end up discussing cars for hours on end. IMO, he was one of the finest engineering minds I have ever encountered. Give him any part of a car, and, not only did he know it, but he could wax poetic about the principles behind it. And the mere mention of a type of aircraft led to a very interesting lecture. He always wanted to be a pilot and, given the comments above, I am glad that he got a chance in life to do what he loved. I also admired his loyalty to family.

    Mark Hellner

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