Chapel of Memories

829 South Hancock, Colorado Springs, CO


Wendell James Putnam

February 19, 1940June 19, 2019

Wendell J. Putnam (79) of Colorado Springs, Colorado passed away June 19, 2019. He was born in Duluth, Minnesota on February 19, 1940. Wendell was married to one of God’s greatest gifts, Carla D. Putnam on July 10, 1993.

In his early days of boyhood and a young man Wendell excelled as a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, YMCA Club President and YMCA Youth in government representative in Sacramento, California. He graduated from John C. Fremont High School in Los Angeles and received his AA Degree from George Pepperdine University in Los Angeles.

He served in the US Navy as a Petty Officer from September 1958 to September 1962, and was awarded the National Defense and Good Conduct Medals of Honor. He later went on to have a career in sales and marketing in the cosmetic and apparel industry.

His time in the US Navy was served aboard the destroyer, USS Durant DER-389. Among the principal responsibilities of the ship, was tracking Russian missile activity in the Pacific missile range from the Alaskan coast to the South Pacific Islands. This was considered part of the DEW Line (Distant Early Warning) protecting Canada and the United States from early attacks. Wendell’s special area of responsibility was radio communications and cryptography.

Upon his Honorable Discharge from the Navy after four years of service, he was employed by the Federal Aviation Administration at Los Angeles International Airport. While there he received two awards for meritorious service.

Changing careers to sales and marketing, providing screen printed and embroidered apparel led him to open his own company, Cardell Enterprises. He built his career on the foundations of God given Honesty and Integrity. Guided by a willingness to run the race with endurance, wisdom, strength and perseverance, he ended his career and retired in December of 2015.

Throughout his life, his love for and dedication to singing Christian music has been at the forefront. From singing his first duet (In The Garden) with his mother in a small Baptist church, to professionally singing with The Majesty Gospel Quartet. He sang over 100 solos in churches and stadiums like Los Angeles Dodgers and Anaheim Angels Stadium with the Billy Graham Crusades. He also sang at The Church of the Open Door in Los Angeles and The Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. From small rooms of 30 people to stadiums full of new Marine recruits, many away from their homes for the first time, Wendell’s public singing and performances continued in a most spectacular way. Carla and Wendell formed a most beautiful duet team and gave glory to God for years as they toured the Western and Mid-Western states singing and sharing their testimonies. A memorial services will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Vista Grande Baptist Church, 5680 Stetson Hills Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80917. There will be a prelude consisting of musical arrangements sungs by Carla & Wendell from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM.

As well as flowers, donations in Wendell's name can be made to Restoration Generation(www.resgen.org), Vista Grande Baptist Church (www.vgbc.org), or ALS Association (www.alsa.org).


  • Prelude Saturday, June 29, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 29, 2019


Wendell James Putnam

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Hank and Rose Stamps

June 25, 2019

It was a privilege and honor to be neighbors of the Putnams for several years on Litchfield street. Both Wendell and Carla are wonderful people. We missed you both when you moved and are so sorry to hear about Wendell illness. But we also know that he is now in his home in heaven. May the Lord bless all your family.

Mary (Gintert) Boehmer

June 24, 2019

Carla and family,
I was so sorry to hear this. You have our sympathy and prayers

Jill West

June 24, 2019

I feel as though I’ve known you all my life. You are part of many childhood memories and then you married mom just before my 16th birthday. I never thought of you as my “step-dad.” In fact, I remember introducing you to friends and acquaintances as “My Wendell.” A title that suited you well. You filled a void and had a role in my life that was uniquely yours. Thank you! Always and forever, you will be My Wendell.

Sally McDonald

June 24, 2019

Dear Carla,
Just want you to know my heart of
love is with you, as well as my prayers.
I didn't get to know Wendell that well,
but I do know he was a man of God.
He had a heart of caring and let God's
light shine.
With my love,

Kim Wengrove

June 24, 2019

Dearest Carla,
I had the privilege to know Wendell and Carla for a brief time at the end of his life. I was honored to serve him and try to allow for some comfort and support for both he and Carla. I can honestly say that his kindness and compassion and love for God and his family was so wonderful and clear even as he struggled with his terminal diagnosis. As Carla said to me on the day he passed - " He is now at peace having breakfast with Jesus"

Jerry Reaves

June 23, 2019

Wendell and I shared the world of sports thru the YMCA from our mid teens until about thirty years old. We lost contact for a few years but I always remember the fun we had together. My prayers to him and his family.

Dick and Karen Schmidt

June 23, 2019

Carla and Family,

We both have such wonderful memories of Wendell's beautiful solos and the quartet singing at Crossroads Christian Church (Main and Rancho). May our Lord comfort you all in the sure hope of eternity.
Keeping you in prayer.