Wendel David LaVette, (73), of Beaver County, passed away on June 1, 2023 after a long battle with cancer and coronary artery disease. Just like he dealt with all experiences in life, he managed his illnesses with strength and grace allowing God to be his guide.
Wendel, fondly knows as Jack or Jackie, was born to the late James “Sparky” LaVette and Mother Daisy Bailey (LaVette-Glover) on January 4, 1950. This multitalented soul loved sports, music and anything
working with his hands. In 1968, Jackie enrolled in Suomi Jr. College where he studied music education, played basketball, was vice-president of the Varsity Club, a member of the choir and met lifelong friends. After graduating with an Associate’s Degree in
1970, Mr. “Cool-Breeze” was a member of a band called the STEROS. He enjoyed traveling and playing the base guitar. Wendal was later a certified and licensed electrician, who worked with his brother Douglas as a cable sub-contractor, and many years as the head maintenance man at Beaver Valley Mall. But he never lost his passion for music.
In 1977 the twinkle in his eyes was born, Jackinah Denise, his one and only child. The bond between a father and daughter is unbreakable and up until the time of his death they were as close as a father-daughter could be. She knew he loved her and he knew she loved him. Wendal was not just a father, but a grandfather to two young men; Jay LaVette (28) and Mike Giles (21). Both carried on the love for sports and music as their grandfather did by playing instruments, running track and guards on basketball teams even wearing some of his old numbers.
Waiting to greet him at heaven’s gates and welcome him home are his father and mother, Sparky and Daisy; one sister, Donna Jarrett (Ronald); three brothers, James LaVette (Henrietta), William LaVette, and Douglas LaVette.
He is endeared by a multitude of family, friends, and acquaintances, which include one daughter, Jackinah LaVette Andrews; two grandsons, Jay LaVette and Mike Giles; one brother Edward LaVette, two
sister-in-laws Jackie (William’s widow), and Marsha (Douglas’ widow); and countless of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Per Wendel’s request there will not be a service. A private memorial will be held in Michigan next month. All condolences, per request of the family, should be sent to daughter, Jackinah Denise at
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