Chris Wentling


 A Celebration of Life for Chadron State College graduate Chris Wentling will be held Friday, July 21, 2023 at the Fair Play Golf Course in Norfolk, NE. 

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Stroke Association at

Chris also supported neurological research by participating in the Brainbank donation program withΒ 

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Christopher Scott Wentling was born February 26, 1963 and passed on May 24, 2023, in Madison, SD, due to complications from a stroke. 

Chris grew up in Norfolk, where he attended Norfolk Public Schools. He excelled in pole vaulting and football, and continued his athletic endeavors while earning an education degree at Chadron State College. 

Chris was dedicated to teaching and coaching, returning to his hometown of Norfolk, where he coached and taught from 1987 to 2018. 

After retirement, he enjoyed his friends and family, his puppies and traveling. 

Chris was preceded in death by his parents Earl β€œErv” Wentling and Shirley Westin Knapp. 

He leaves behind his daughters Jessica Wentling of Lincoln, NE, and Natalie Wentling of Scottsbluff, NE; brother Al (Jane) Wentling of Norfolk, NE; stepmother Ruth Wentling of Vail, AZ; and partner Deb Tech of Madison, SD.

His memory will live on in the hearts of friends and family, as well as in the hearts of the countless students whose lives were forever changed by Mr (Coach) Wentling.

Kinzley Funeral Home of Salem, SD, is in charge of arrangements for Chris Wendtling.