Wentz William A. Wentz, of Worthington, born March 5, 1938 passed away on April 4, 2014. Survived by wife, Cynthia; daughter, Amy; son, Brad (Lynn) ; grandchildren, Skyler and Gannon; brother, Tom (Nancy); sister-in-law, Camilla (Jay) Knight; nieces and nephews, Pam, Kara, Bill, and Scott. Preceded in death by parents Burke and Magdalene, and son William Burke. Bill was a graduate of Canton Lehman HS earning 10 varsity letters in baseball, football, track and basketball. He was inducted into Stark County football and baseball Hall of Fame. Bill graduated from The Ohio State University
with a BIE and an MBA. He earned varsity letters in baseball and football, participated on two national championship teams and was an Academic All American. As a student, he was inducted into four academic/ leadership organizations: Romophos, Bucket & Dipper, Sphinx, Texnikoi and was VP of four organizations: Student Government, Sigma Chi, Ohio Staters & American Institute of Industrial Engineers. He was named an outstanding fraternity man and an outstanding senior. Bill continued his association with OSU as President of Varsity O, Director for Alumni Association, member of Advisory Council, Football Committeeman, Presidents Club, guest lecturer, Co-founder and President of the Baseball Diamond Club. His career included Solid State Controls, Systems Research Labs and President of two HVAC companies: Columbus /Worthington Air which he sold in 1999 and Buckeye Heating & Cooling now owned and operated by his children. Bill was active in the community on many levels. As president of Worthington Cardinal Boosters, he coached little league teams in baseball, football and basketball; then as head coach for the freshman football team he became the first non certified teacher in the state of Ohio to coach at the high school level. He taught Project Business at the middle school through Junior Achievement, and then business entrepreneurship at the high school which led to the Ohio Teacher/Entrepreneur Award from the Kellogg Foundation. He mentored small business owners through the Ohio Foundation for Entrepreneurial Education. He was President of the Band Boosters, Chairman of Community Recreation & Sports, Advisor to Parks and Recreation, Trustee for the Kidney Foundation, Director for The Better Business Bureau, Junior Achievement, and National Football Foundation. Honored as Jaycee Citizen of the Year, Rotarian
of the Year, and a Paul Harris Fellow, Ohio Business Person of the Year, Leadership for a Lifetime recipient, Childhood League Man of the Year, ACCA Hall of Honor. President of Symposiarchs, VP Wedgewood County Club, foster parent, member of Worthington United Methodist Church and charter member of The Favored Union. Bill will be remembered for being very present and attentive to his family and friends. Family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at SCHOEDINGER WORTHINGTON CHAPEL, 6699 N High St., 43085. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 11, 2014 at Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 High St., 43085. Rev. Cyndy Garn, officiating. Memorials gratefully accepted by the Madden Parkinson’s Center, c/o The Ohio State University Dept. of Neurology Fund #303560, 395 W. 12th Ave., Room 740, Columbus, OH 43210. Please visit www.schoedinger.com
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