John Wentworth

Dates

December 19, 1925 - September 1, 2021

Obituary

John Wentworth, 95, of Stickney, SD, passed away Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Corsica, SD. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, September 8, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Stickney. Burial will be at Silver Ridge Cemetery in Stickney. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Tuesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The family requests that attendees wear masks. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

John Paul Wentworth was born to Matilda (Knappe) and Albert Wentworth on December 19, 1925, and lived his entire life in the Stickney/Mt. Vernon/Corsica area. He attended rural school and finished an 8 year curriculum in 7 years so he could pursue his first love – farming. At about age 12, he began full time farming with his dad. On February 14, 1947, he was united in marriage to Beatrice Jurgensen. They were blessed with three children, Jan, Kathy, and Jim. They lived on the farm until 2000 when he retired from farming and they moved into Stickney.

In addition to his love of farming, John also had a talent and passion for music – teaching himself to play the harmonica and the button accordion. In his later years, he joined the Tyndall Accordion Club and entertained in various venues in the area – at times even performing solo- and was a regular performer with the band at Czech Days in Tyndall and Czech Days in Wilbur, NE. His greatest pride was getting the opportunity to play with Sherwin Linton and the Cotton Kings at the Stickney Centennial celebration which led to him playing with Sherwin’s band on an annual basis at the South Dakota State Fair.

John is survived by his three children – Jan Larsen of Stickney, Kathy (Mike) Winter of Garretson, SD, and Jim (Jackie) Wentworth of Sioux Falls; grandchildren – Christine (Jim) Maguire of San Raphael, CA, John (Elaine) Larsen of Dover, NH, Emily Larsen of Manchester, NH, Josh (Madeleine) Winter of Sioux Falls, Sam Winter of Minneapolis, Ann Wentworth of New York City, and Tess (Joel) Thompson of New York City; great-grandchildren – Olivia and Scarlett Maguire, Ashton and Adella Winter, and Vivian and Ella Moore.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings and spouses – George and Lois Wentworth, Ima Gene, and Tom Toland, and his son-in-law, Larry Larsen.

 


Visitation(s)

Date
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Time
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location
St. Paul Lutheran Church
103 N 6th St
Stickney, SD 57375

Service

Date
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Time
10:30 AM
Location
St. Paul Lutheran Church
103 N 6th St
Stickney, SD 57375

Cemetery

Silver Ridge Cemetery
Stickney, SD


Posted by Deb VanZee on September 16, 2021
So sorry to hear about John. He was a nice man. I enjoyed talking care of him in the home.
Posted by Tom & Deb Koch on September 7, 2021
Our sincere condolences to Jim and family! We have lots of fond memories. They never missed a chance to dance and have lots of laughs!
Posted by Tom & Deb Koch on September 7, 2021
Our sincere condolences to Jim and family! We have lots of fond memories. They never missed a chance to dance and have lots of laughs!
Posted by Dan and Marlene Geiman on September 7, 2021
Our Condolences to John’s Family, We always had a good visit and a laugh when he would come into my office at the Courthouse. I’m going to miss him. Prayers are with you in your time of Sorrow.
Posted by Mary Schaefer on September 4, 2021
My prayers and condolences Jim, Jackie and families.
Posted by Stephen and Jo Buntrock on September 4, 2021
Rest in peace with Aunt Beatty. I remember your voice, a big, nice guy with an accordion.
Posted by John Kritzmire on September 4, 2021
Prayers and condolences be with your family.
Posted by Wayne Roster on September 3, 2021
sympathies to John's family. i have fond memories of purchasing angus bulls and heifers from him and Jim. May he rest in peace.
Posted by Jim and Glenda Hohn on September 3, 2021
Sorry to hear of John's passing, condolences to the family🌹🌹
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