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“Class of "73". Mr. Wentzel was my chem teacher. I became a science teacher, in part, do to his class. Whenever I tell of my beginnings I have...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Greg Gehrman - New Berlin, WI

“To the Wentzel family, may you find peace in the fact that your dad had such a full life and touched so many as a leader and mentor. He was a role...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Kim Franzke - Kaukauna, WI

“It was my privilege to study under Mr. Wentzel at Kaukauna High School. He was a model of kindness and professionalism, and his lessons were always...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Bill Baumgarten - La Crescent, MN

“I'm so sorry for your loss. I loved the time I spent growing up in the same neighborhood and playing with the Wentzel kids! Such a kind and gentle...Read More »
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5 of 11 | Posted by: GinnyHuss Recla - Kaukauna, WI

“What a beautiful love story! Had Mr. Wentzel for a teacher at KHS.....great man! To all of the family, you can be at peace knowing your fathers wish...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Rich, Linda and Hannah, We are so sorry for the loss of a dear family member. You and the family have gone through so much. My condolences to...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Diane and Brad Vorpahl - WI

“Karen so sorry to hear of your fathers passing, I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Bill Ludvigsen - Appleton

“Thank you for your service to our country. May you rest in peace. ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“I will always remember Mr. Wenzel as a great chemistry teacher. He was exciting and I was proud to be in his classroom. He was a great mentor. Ken...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Ken Grissman - Freedom, WI

“Roy and genevive were awesome people and very awesome neighbors everyone in your family is very nice.i remember back when my sister marni was born...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: trudy vollmer - kaukauna, WI


For seventy years, Roy Wentzel had never missed his beloved Genevieve’s birthday. After her passing on November 1, 2017, he vowed not to miss her next birthday, and on May 2, 2018 (Gen’s birthday) Jesus called Roy home to heaven and reunited him with his wife of seven decades. Roy Davis Wentzel was born in the Town of Wolf River on November 16, 1921, son of the late George Wentzel and Blodwin (Davis) Wentzel. He was a graduate of Omro High School, the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, and held a Master’s Degree. From 1942 until 1945, he served in the United States Army under General Patton, and was highly decorated. He earned a Victory Medal, American Theatre Ribbon, European/African/ Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, four bronze battle stars, two Overseas Service Bars, a Good Conduct Medal, and a Bronze Star Medal. Roy was a member of Kaukauna’s American Legion Post #41. Most will remember Roy for being a high school chemistry teacher for many years at both Kaukauna and Brillion. His free time found him fishing, hunting, working on his vegetable garden, ballroom dancing, and skiing. He also had a passion for photography. Roy is survived by his children: Judith (Kenneth) Kaphingst of Pembine; Jean (Larry) Davidson of Middleton; Karen (Michael) Wilquet of Seymour; Tina (Thomas) McCabe of Bagley; Richard (Linda) Wentzel of Appleton; David (Mary Jo) Wentzel of Metamora, Illinois; Jerome (Pam) Wentzel of Waupaca; Ann (Thomas) Rohleder of Rochester, Minnesota; Mary Christensen of Appleton; and Mark (Kirsten) Wentzel of Plover. He is also survived by two daughters-in-law: Sheila Wentzel of Hortonville and Donna Wentzel of Chilton; a son-in-law: Richard Arent of Menasha. There are thirty grandchildren, thirty-four great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. Other survivors include a sister: Lois (Reg) Bidwell and a sister-in-law: Helen Wentzel. Other survivors include Gen’s family: Clarence Wirtz, Richard (Barbara) Wirtz, Jerome (Sue) Wirtz, and Joanne (Jack) Hackman. Roy was preceded in death by two sons: James and Robert Wentzel; his siblings: Bruce Wentzel, Ardyth (Rodney) Hoeft, Marion (Kenneth) Shuck, and Leslie Wentzel; as well as Gen’s family: Ann (Fred) Defilipps, Marie (Micky) Graveen, Theresa (Larry) Arnold, Isabel (Richard) Acott, Frances (John) Albrecht, George (Betty) Wirtz, and Bernard Wirtz; and Kathy Wirtz. The funeral liturgy for Roy will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 309 Desnoyer Street in Kaukauna, with Fr. Tom Pomeroy officiating. Full military honors will follow the service. Friends and family are invited to gather at the church on Tuesday morning from 9:00 AM until the time of the service. Roy and Genevieve will be laid to rest together this spring at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Roy D. Wentzel Scholarship Fund. The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to everyone at St. Paul Elder Services and St. Paul Hospice for the love, care, and compassion that was shown to our entire family. We will never forget your kindness.

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