John Norman Wentz, 72, of Geneseo, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, at his home in Geneseo. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. Inurnment will follow at the Rock Island National Cemetery. A visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the John Wentz Memorial Fund.

John Norman Wentz, 72, of Geneseo, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, at his home in Geneseo. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. Inurnment will follow at the Rock Island National Cemetery. A visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the John Wentz Memorial Fund.

John was born on Dec. 29, 1945, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of Norman Andrew and Flora (Wrigley) Wentz. He graduated from Geneseo High School with the Class of 1964. He is a proud veteran of the United States Air Force and served as a crew chief from 1963-1966. John married Debbie Wilson on March 4, 1977, in Moline. He worked as a welder at International Harvester for many years before starting his own business, Wentz Welding, in Geneseo.

John was raised as a member of the Episcopalian faith, and was a member of the Geneseo Car Club and the Geneseo VFW Post. He enjoyed flying airplanes, fishing, and using his welding talents to fix and craft things from metal. Most of all, John loved his family very much.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Debbie; sons, Matthew (Christina) Wentz, of Geneseo, and Luke (Devon) Wentz, of Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, Calif.; six grandchildren, Rosella, Ryne, Zarah, Caleb, Heath and Anava; two brothers, Charles (Teresa) Wentz, of East Moline, and Paul (Jackie) Wentz, of Milan, and a brother-in-law, Ron Root, of Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Flora; and by his sister, Elizabeth Root.