Rev. Roger Wentz, 93, passed away April 28, 2024, in Black River Falls, WI.

     He was born in Sheboygan, WI, May 1, 1930, the second son of Dr. Ivan and Viola Wentz. 

     A 1948 graduate of Central High School, he then went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for one semester. While in Madison, he felt God’s call to the Christian ministry. He stayed out of college for a semester, then transferred to Mission House College (now Lakeland). He graduated from Mission House College in 1953 and from Mission House Theological Seminary in 1956. 

     On Dec. 30, 1955, he was joined in marriage with Frances Thundercloud at the Ho-Chunk Indian Mission near Black River Falls. After serving as associate pastor at Faith United Church of Christ in Milwaukee, he and Frances then served United Church of Christ congregations in Kaukauna and Sauk City in Wisconsin and in Canton, IL, which was his last pastorate. Frances and Roger chose Portage, WI, as their retirement community and later moved to the Ho-Chunk Indian Mission near Black River Falls, where they built a home they both enjoyed on the property where Frances had lived as a girl. They enjoyed 64 years together. 

     He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Edward; his wife; their daughter, Renee; and a sister-in-law, Lillian Thundercloud. 

     He is survived by a sister-in-law, Hattie Walker of Black River Falls; a niece, Leah Ann Walker of Black River Falls; nephews Carey Walker of Fargo, ND, Thomas (Wy) Walker of Black River Falls, Dan (Yamei) Wentz of Mantorville MN, and Steve (Marie) Wentz of Neillsville WI; and by other relatives and friends.

     In keeping with his wishes, he will be buried next to his wife, Frances, at the Ho-Chunk United Church of Christ Cemetery.

     With gratitude for God’s goodness and love in this life, which came through many, many people, he rejoices for the joy of entering the heavenly home prepared for all who trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. May the rich and abundant joy of God in salvation also fill your hearts. 

     Visitation will take place at 12 noon Saturday, July 6, 2024, at the Ho-Chunk United Church of Christ, followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. The service will be followed by a meal.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ho-Chunk United Church of Christ Building Fund at P.O Box 9, Black River Falls, WI, 54615. 

     Buswell Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with the arrangements during this difficult time.

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