A memorial service for 85-year old John Edward Wentworth of Chadron, NE, will be held Monday, May 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron.
A graveside service will be held Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 10:30 am CT at Oakes View Cemetery in Oakes, ND.
Donations may be made to The American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association.
John Edward Wentworth was born at home on April 6, 1935 in Riverview, NE, to Norris Edward Wentworth and Emma (Zeigler) Wentworth for the price of three wagons of wood. He passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2020 in Chadron, Nebraska.
John’s family farmed in Nebraska until August of 1950 when they relocated to Evant, Texas, due to a sister’s health.
John wanted to go to college, but was unable to do so. As his children were growing up, he repeatedly said, “when you go to college…” His four children and their spouses all have degrees, many holding advanced degrees, as do many of his grandchildren.
John moved to Fort Worth and went to work for the railroad as a switchman around 1955 and worked there until 1964 when he went to work for the Texas Prison System until March of 1967 when he moved to a rural farm west of Brampton, ND, with his parents.
They ran a cattle ranch and planted grain and row crops. John met Beth (Peterson) Wentworth, and they were married on November 28, 1976. While Beth went back to college, John stayed between the farm and Minneapolis, MN. John retired from the farm in 2007 and moved to Chadron.
John was active in the United Methodist Church of Cogswell, Oakes, and Chadron; the Masonic Lodge in Forman, ND; and the District 26 North Dakota Democratic Party.
Many remember John for his love of overalls, cups of coffee and doughnuts or pie, advice given on any subject (even if you didn’t ask for it), and his sweet tooth for always having candy to handout. As a friend stated, “he was a good man who tried to do right, as he was given the light to see it.”
John is survived by his wife, Beth of Chadron, NE. Four children: Debbie Wentworth (Mansfield, TX), Jim (Karen) Wentworth (El Paso, TX), Patricia (David) Palmer (El Paso, TX), and Ed (Maureen) Wentworth (Oakes, ND). Seven Grandchildren: Michelle (Steven) Boyles (Odessa, TX), Katherine Wentworth (Austin, TX), David Wentworth (El Paso, TX), Kenneth and Elizabeth Palmer (El Paso, TX), and Estella and Franklin Wentworth (Oakes, ND). Three sisters: Jean Fox (Lampasas, TX), Retha Spake (Hurst, TX), and Lila (Allen) Robbins (West Worth Village, TX), and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
John was preceded in death by his parents Norris and Emma Wentworth, a nephew Tony Keller, and his brother-in-law’s Joe Fox and Jim Spake.
John was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to so many. He will be missed, but we will all hold close our memories of him.