Wendell Lee Bean

November 5, 1944June 1, 2011

Wendell Lee Bean, age 66, died Wednesday, June 1, 2011, in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Faith Baptist Church of Iowa Park officiated by Rev. Jerry Miller of Decatur, Texas, Dr. Ted Spear of Iowa Park, Texas, Mr. Dennis Mitchell of Harlingen, Texas, Mr. Ronnie White of Eastland, and Judge Janice Sons of Wichita Falls, Texas. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home.

Wendell was born November 5, 1944 in Brownfield, Texas to W.L and Faye Bean. He and Betty Engledow were married June 21, 1961 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was a resident of Iowa Park for 53 years. He was an active member of Faith Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon. Wendell was currently employed as rig manager for Union Drilling Company where he worked for 5 years. He worked for Spruiell Drilling Company, Vinson Drilling, E.W. Moran Drilling and Sitton and Norton Drilling Company. He attended Wichita Falls Barber College and owned and operated a barber shop in Iowa Park. He also worked for Bridwell Ranch in Windthorst, was a Trooper for Texas Department of Public Safety for 13 years, owned and helped operate BB’s Ski Wear for 11 years, was a Deputy for the Wichita County Sheriff’s Department for 15 years, and owned and operated a lawn care business for 13 years.

Wendell was a true cowboy and outdoorsman. He was an avid snow skier. He loved his horses and was a horse farrier for several years. He was also a member of the Mavericks of Wichita Falls.

His parents and son, Michael, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Betty of Iowa Park; children, Angel Sheets and husband, Skip of Iowa Park, T.J. Bean and wife, Kaydee of Iowa Park, grandchildren, Courtney Powell and husband, Jake, Carrie Farr and husband, Garrett, Caleb Bean, Reyna Bean, Randon Bean and Berklee Bean; great grandchildren, Shelbi Powell, Ayden Farr and Abigail Farr, and sister, Elaine Stewart and husband, Luke of Iowa Park.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2011 at Dutton Funeral Home Chapel.

The family suggests memorials to Faith Baptist Church Building Fund, 411 S. Wall St., Iowa Park, Texas 76367.


  • Visitation Friday, June 3, 2011
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 4, 2011

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Mike & Margie Negri

June 9, 2011

Wendell was one of the finest you would ever want to meet and become his friend. He was quiet, reserved, but very loyal, dedicated and a "true blue" cowboy. He was from great stock,,,,Shorty and Faye Bean......what wonderful Christian parents...and then his wonderful sister Elaine....,,,then he married well--into the Engledow family...Betty and Wendell were ALWAYS school and all these wonderful years.....What a wonderful life they have lived, and Wendell is a great role model....Their children, Mike, Angel and TJ, and their grandchildren and great-grandchildren are a testimony to "train up a child in the way he should go and when he is mature, he will not depart..." Prov 22:6

Elaine Stewart

June 6, 2011

What can I say, except how much I will miss my big brother and how much I loved him. This old world lost a good man but Heaven gained another angel. It wasn't too long ago April 16th. I was on my way out to his house when my husband called and asked where I was. I told him and he reminded me of our anniversary and he was going to take me out for dinner. Some friends were there and they were fixing to leave so they went in to tell him bye and then I went in and I told him I forgot it was my anniversary. He somberly said,"You shouldn't forget things like that."ha! I hugged him and told him I would see him later and he said,"Okay Darling." I will never forget those words. They are etched in my heart forever. Until we meet again love your sister.

Dana Lewis

June 6, 2011

I had so much respect for W.L.
He was always in a good mood and just made our day with his kindness, wit and good heart.
He will be missed by the Union Drilling employees.
Dana Lewis
Sr. Admin. Assist.
Cresson, TX

Connie Sisk

June 6, 2011

I am so sorry for your loss. Memories of a wonderful family man and he will be fondly remembered.

Lillie Tidwell

June 5, 2011

Wendell was a good kind man and a gentleman. I respected his work ethic and attitude. It was an honor to work with him. My condolences to his lovely wife and family. He will be greatly missed.

Jo Cowden

June 4, 2011

My friend,Betty, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I so wish I could be with you at this time and help you through this day. My heart cries for you. Find faith and hope in our Lord, Jesus Christ. Wendell was a very good man and you have a strong family for support. Peace be still.


June 4, 2011


Sandy Hightower Owens

June 4, 2011

Wendell was always my hero.

James Rhoten

June 4, 2011

June 3, 2011
Betty, Angel & T.J.
My heart goes out to you and your families in your loss. Wendell was a great inspiration in my life and my career. I was a young rookie trooper who was ready to straighten the world out, then I was partnered up with what I would find out later was a legend in the Texas Highway Patrol, Wendell Bean. One of the things that Wendell taught me, that I never forgot, was to "TREAT PEOPLE LIKE YOU WOULD WANT TO BE TREATED IF YOU WERE IN THEIR POSITION". I worked as a trooper in Jacksboro for 31 years and I never forgot the things that Wendell taught me, especially how to treat people. I have seen Wendell serve roadside justice and then witness to them about Jesus Christ, his savior. Wendell was a good man and will be missed. He has been an inspiration to many.

James Rhoten
Senior Trooper (Retired)
Texas Highway Patrol
Jacksboro, TX

Mark Wooten

June 3, 2011

W.L. Was a great man I have known him ever since he came to work at union drilling. I can honestly say if it wasn't for him and the things he taught me I wouldn't be where I am today. He showed me lots in the six years I have known him . I had so much respect for him and always will he always lead by example and will greatly be missed . I know he is at peace and is greatly loved.