Arnold G. Wentz, 76, of Country Club Road, Buckhannon, peacefully passed at home June 3, 2013.
He was born Dec. 9, 1936, in Harrison County, a son of the late Curtis D. and Edrie Teter Wentz.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Vera LouEllen Kasten Wentz; and his brother, Richard Curtis Wentz.
He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Thanna Haslebacher Smith Wentz; six children, Rob Smith and wife, Debbie, Ricky A. Wentz and wife, Kim, LouEllen Blake and husband, Jim, Chuck Smith and wife, Carol, Rebecca Hoover and husband, Rodney, and Scot Wentz and wife, Lanora, all of Buckhannon. He is survived by 12 grandchildren, Robbie Smith and wife, Emily, Krenden Smith, Joshua Smith, Stacia Wentz, Jennifer Blake Smith and husband, Jeff, Jamie Blake, Seth Blake, Charley Smith, Chris Smith, Travis Hoover, Becca Hoover and Camden Wentz; and two great-grandsons, Andrew and Garret Smith. Also surviving are two sisters, Lemoyne Wentz of Palmyra, Va., and Mabel Wentz Wright of Buckhannon.
He was a 1955 graduate of Buckhannon Upshur High School. In 1965, he was honorably discharged from the United States Army, having served both active duty and the reserves. Prior to enlisting in the army, he worked for Monongalia Power Co. In 1992, he retired as maintenance supervisor with more than 30 years of service from Corhart Refractories. He was a former member of the Tennerton Lions Club. He and Thanna were charter members of the Strawberry Pairs Square Dancers Club. Mr. Wentz attended several Promise Keepers Conferences including the Million Man Stand in The Gap Prayer Rally in Washington, D.C. in 1997. He was a member of Christian Fellowship Church where he volunteered to deliver for Meals on Wheels. He enjoyed hunting and was most proud of his bear kill this past fall. He always had a good hunting story and enjoyed teaching his grandchildren to hunt.
Friends will be received today from 3 to 8 p.m. at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. J. Edward McDaniels officiating. Burial will follow in Heavner Cemetery in Buckhannon. Buckhannon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3663, Frank B. Bartlett Post 7, Disabled American Veterans Chapters 5 and 36 will conduct military honors at the graveside.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Christian Fellowship Church's Relay For Life Team. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.