February 4, 1949 - July 25, 2023
Reg Wentz, 74, of Humboldt, SK, passed away on July 25, 2023, after a lengthy illness. Reg was born on February 4, 1949 in Nokomis, SK, and grew up on a farm near Lockwood, SK with his two brothers Larry and Barry. From an early age Reg enjoyed the outdoors, and he took pride in helping his parents Roy and Hazel Wentz with farming during his school years. After leaving home he returned on a regular basis to give them a hand. Reg often expressed his fondness for the farm and was dedicated to helping his parents throughout their lives. Reg attended elementary school in Lockwood and high school in Lanigan. In later years Roy and Hazel moved to Humboldt and worked to help Reg with his business.
Following his high school graduation, Reg embarked on a career with SaskTel, where he not only enjoyed his work but also formed lasting bonds with many colleagues, keeping many of those connections strong throughout his life. In 1971, Reg married Sharon, the love of his life, and together they raised two children, Michelle and Shawn. Reg and Sharon were married for almost 53 years.
In 1978, Reg established Wentz Sporting Shop, a venture that would become his passion for the next three decades. As a dedicated member of the Humboldt Chamber of Commerce and a proud community promoter, Reg took great pleasure in sponsoring sports teams, coaching little league baseball, and actively participating in community events. Reg was a true advocate for local businesses, and always emphasized to his family the importance of supporting the Humboldt business community. His friendly and welcoming demeanour earned him recognition as the person who knew everyone in town and everyone knew him.
In 2006, Reg embarked on a new venture, purchasing 5 West Car and Truck Wash together with his daughter. 5 West became a true source of joy for him, and he treated customers like family. The morning coffee gatherings he hosted at the office with his buddies were affectionately referred to as "the senate." Reg's dedication to the business was evident through his constant efforts to enhance its operations. He had tremendous pride in the business and spent hours cleaning, fixing, and improving the equipment and processes. Reg built strong relationships with truck drivers and customers which was all part of his charm.
Above all else Reg treasured his family. He was a very proud Papa to his grandchildren (Maren, Ben, Ava, Trinity, Makayla, and Austin) and loved spending time with each of them. He could often be found setting up hockey nets, building forts out of furniture or teaching one of the little ones how to ride a bike. Throughout the years, Reg cherished family vacations and quality time with Sharon. No distance was too great to drive as they embarked on numerous road trips to visit children and grandchildren in Edmonton, Yellowknife, Peace River, Calgary, and Bonnyville, taking pleasure in attending sporting tournaments and any other activities the grandkids were involved in. He was always their proudest cheerleader.
Although retirement was not in his plans, Reg found immense pleasure spending a few weeks each winter in Palm Springs. He enjoyed long walks, relaxing in the condo pool, and dinner and drinks with dear friends.
Unfortunately, his illness took an ever increasing toll on him over the past few years, gradually limiting his activities. Nevertheless, Reg remained resilient, holding onto his passion for walking, working in his yard, and sharing coffee time with his buddies as long as he could.
Reg Wentz will be fondly remembered for his love of family, community, and hard work. His warm smile, unwavering support, and genuine kindness touched the lives of many, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all who knew him.
Reg was predeceased by his parents Roy Wentz and Hazel (Gammie) Wentz, and his brother Barry Gammie. He is survived by his wife Sharon (nee Alston) of Humboldt, SK; his daughter Michelle (George) Flemming and family Maren, Ben, and Ava, all of Calgary, AB; his son Shawn (Deanna nee Back) Wentz and family Makayla, Trinity, and Austin, all of Bonnyville, AB; his brother Larry (Carol) Wentz of Calgary, AB; and sister-in-law Ruth Gammie of Moose Jaw, SK.
May his memory forever inspire us to appreciate life’s simple joys, extend kindness to others, and embrace the beauty of the world around us, just as Reg always did.
A Private Family Service has been held with the interment at Humboldt Public Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to St. Mary’s Villa Foundation: New Building Fund (Box 1743, Humboldt, SK, S0K 2A0).
This notice placed courtesy of
Malinoski & Danyluik Funeral Home & Crematorium