Wendell R. Pedersen
On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, Wendell R. Pedersen passed away peacefully from pneumonia due to Acute Myloid Leukemia (AML), just 12 days after his 63rd birthday. His wife, Meg was right beside him holding his hand and they were surrounded by the nurses and staff on duty who had cared for Wendell over the eight months he’d received treatment from the BMT (Bone Marrow Transplant) Unit, 5 South, Augusta University Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, whom he affectionately called “The Fighting 5th.”
In lieu of flowers, Wendell’s wish was contributions be made to the “Fighting 5th,” the BMT Inpatient Nursing Unit 5 South, Augusta University Medical Center.
Donations can be made by either check or online.
By check the mailing address is: Georgia Cancer Center, The Fighting 5th BMT Inpatient Nursing Unit 5 South, Augusta University Office of Philanthropy, 1120 15th Street, AD-1108, Augusta, GA 30912.
Please make checks payable to: Georgia Health Sciences Foundation. In the comments section
In the comments section on the check please write: Wendell R. Pedersen for The Fighting 5th BMT Inpatient Nursing Unit 5 South.
Contributions may also be made online at https://www. augusta.edu/giving/gacancercenter.php. Under “Tribute Gift” please write: Wendell R. Pedersen for The Fighting 5th BMT Inpatient Nursing Unit 5 South.
Wendell was born on June 4, 1957, in Washington, D.C., to LaVonne Pedersen and the late John Pedersen.
He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and Stone Mountain, Georgia, and attended Georgia State University with a double major in business administration and statistics. On January 12, 1991, he married Meg Boendièr and helped her raise her two daughters.
Known as a quiet man of deep honor and integrity, once Wendell got to know you, he’d let out his wonderful sense of humor. Even when facing off against one of the most virulent cancers, his sense of humor was always present, as well as always being gracious and considerate of those providing his care. A true gentleman and a gentle man. One of his favorite forms of relaxation was gardening. He loved to dig in the dirt and make things grow. He spent many summers working on the Nebraska farm with cousins. Wendell touched everyone who knew him with his wicked sense of humor, his quiet integrity, his generous heart and deep sense of honor. He is sorely missed.
A true grill master, Wendell’s favorite way to entertain family and friends was to cook them a wonderful meal on the grill. So the next time you and yours share an outdoor meal, or any meal for that matter, make a toast to Wendell.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Meg Pedersen; his mother, LaVonne Pedersen; his sisters, Denise (Roland) McDonald and JoVonne (Eric) Thomas; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his father, John Pedersen; and grandparents, Olaf and Clara Pedersen and Bernice and Lawrence Weston.