Alan Richard Wandell, born January 22, 1936, died peacefully on May 5, 2022 surrounded by his wife of 58 years, Evelyn, and two sons Douglas and David. Born in Pittsburgh, only child of Freda Hughes and Walter Wandell, Alan was raised in Brooklyn, New York. He attended public grade school, Brooklyn Tech, and Brooklyn College. Trained as a systems engineer, he worked with missile computers at Ford Instrument Company. Alan was drafted into the US Army and served two years at White Sands Missile Range, NM. He married Evelyn Patricia Velthaus in Brooklyn in 1963 and moved to Silver Spring, Maryland in 1969 to work at Vitro Labs.
An avid bowler, Alan won a US Army bowling championship, competed in many national tournaments with perfect games (300), and taught Army children how to bowl He and a friend created and published a newspaper, "Down The Lanes" in the 70s. Alan had a lifelong passion for most sports, especially football. He grew up a Yankee and Giants fan and later became a devoted Redskins, Capitals, and Nationals fan.
Shifting careers from engineering to finance in the early 70's, Alan worked as a wealth manager while going to the University of Maryland. He later became a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and in the 80s founded his own financial services company, Professional Financial Management (PFM). In later years, he worked in many other areas of finance, including tax preparation, mortgage banking, often doing pro-bono work in the community.
The Wandells moved to Brookeville, MD in 1976 to raise Douglas and David. Alan enjoyed being involved with the boys in swimming, scouting, and other neighborhood activities. He and Evy were active members of St. Peter's RC Church in Olney for many years. Alan enjoyed reading books, especially Civil War history and mysteries, but also enjoyed theater, travel, sporting events, and time with extended family.
After the boys married, Alan and Evy transitioned to the Villas of Cattail Creek in Glenwood, Maryland. There, they have enjoyed 18 years while delighting in their sons, beloved daughters-in-law Laura and Tatiana, as well as grandchildren Dean, Jay, Ian and Larissa. Alan and Evelyn are members of the church communities of St. Louis, Clarksville and St. Anthony's Shrine in Ellicott City. Alan will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
A memorial gathering will be held at Donaldson Funeral Home of Clarksville, P.A., 12540 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029 on Wednesday May 11 from 2:00-4:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm. A Funeral mass will be held on Thursday May 12, 2022 at 1:30 pm at the Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042. Interment at St. Louis Cemetery.
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