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Shirley Duane Wentworth
6 avril 1940 – 15 juin 2021
On June 15, 2021 the Lord called home his faithful servant Shirley Duane Wentworth after 81 years of serving his Lord. He was surrounded by family and friends as he slipped the bonds of this earthly life to claim his reward in Heaven. Shirley served as the spiritual leader of his household as well as leading his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and other relatives to love the Lord. He lived a life for God and served Him well.
On April 6, 1940, Marshal Howard Wentworth and Elizabeth Lee (Watson) Wentworth welcomed God’s blessing into their life. Shirley received his first miracle from God at birth when the dedicated service of their local doctor stemmed the effects of a virus in his eyes preventing him from being blind. He lived a full life in Vevay, Indiana playing basketball, making lifelong friends, and preparing to start a family and serve God and his country.
Shirley joined the Navy in September 1958 eventually rising to the rank of Chief Petty Office and serving for 21 years retiring in 1979. He served at several duty stations, on two different ships, and overseas. He served his country with honor and dignity and with full zeal earning numerous commendations and awards. This echoed his commitment to serving his Savior.
He and Linda Lou (Washer) Wentworth met in High School in Vevay, Indiana becoming husband and wife on October 17, 1959. Together they served God and the Navy raising three children Jeffrey Duane Wentworth, Tamula Sue (Wentworth) Smith, and Timothy Howard Wentworth celebrating 61 plus years of marriage. The joy of his life was being involved in his children’s activities and seeing them grow in The Lord and mature in life. Shirley served as a Sunday School Teacher, Youth Leader, Choir Member, Men’s Club Member, Prayer Warrior, Lay Leader, Certified Lay Speaker, and Champion for Christ. He never met a stranger and his smile was his most endearing feature. Shirley followed the tenets of Matthew 25 using his talents and spreading God’s Love. There is a song lyric that says: “when this life is over and the next one has begun, let it begin with Well Done!” Shirley will most assuredly hear those words from his God and Savior.
Shirley is preceded in death by parents Marshal Howard and Elizabeth Lee, brother Nelson Allen Wentworth, and son Jeffrey Duane. He was also preceded in death by numerous other relatives. He is survived by wife Linda Lou, children Tamula Sue and Timothy Howard, son-in-law Terry Lee Smith, daughter-in-law Marcia Ann Mansur-Wentworth, grandchildren Justin Lee Smith, Ashley Nicole (Smith) Carter, Wesley Jay Carter, Whitney Rae (Jones) Smith, and Dallas Colton Baker, great grandchildren Gentry Monroe Carter, Marley Rae Smith, Presley Ellen Carter, and Rory Lee Smith, and Brother Marshall Ouida Wentworth. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
The visitation and services will be held at Bayview Memorial Park located at 3351 Scenic Highway. Service date and time will be June 22, 2021 with visitation from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm and service to begin at 3:00 pm. Burial will be at Bayview Memorial Park immediately following the service.
Sympathies may be expressed with flowers or with a donation to Bellview United Methodist Church where Shirley and Linda have been members for 41 years.
The services can be live streamed via the Bayview Facebook page or through the link on the obituary for family and friends that are not able to attend.
- Linda Lou Wentworth, Wife
- Jeffrey Duane Wentworth, Son (deceased)
- Tamula Sue (Wentworth) Smith, Daughter
- Timothy Howar Wentworth, Son
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Shirley Duane Wentworth
21 juin , 2021
I was blessed to know this man through his daughter Tammy. He was an inspiration to me. In him I truly saw a man of God; loving, kind, a true disciple.
I witnessed the faith of his wife, children and grandchildren; they are the living legacy Shirley left to all of us.
Well done good and faithful servant. God has blessed so many because of you.
In His love,
Vince and Laura Wright
19 juin , 2021
Shirley always had a smile for us. Anything we did for the church, Shirley always thanked us. Gone from our lives, but always in our hearts. ❤️
18 juin , 2021
Shirley was such a great man who served our great nation in the United States Navy. He was very proud of his service and a True American Patriot. Thanks to men like Shirley, we all have the opportunity to Live the American Dream. He and Linda were the epitome of what it means to love your family and the Lord. They were faithful servants and now Shirley has received his heavenly reward.
Paula and I were saddened to hear of his passing but rejoice in knowing he is in heaven with so many family members and friends.
We were just talking about the great time the family had visiting them in Florida when my daughter, Kelli, took three of her friends, along with Shirley's mother-in-law, Jean, and my mother-in-law, Dot, plus Paula, to stay with them for a week. My mother-in-law thought Linda made a great choice with Shirley.
One time they stopped to visit us here in Rising Sun and I was getting ready to go watch the Cincinnati Reds play and took Shirley with me to see the new Great American Ball Park and saved him from having to sit and listen to the women chat all evening. We had a great time at the REDS game.
He will be missed by many and his FAMILY and Church Family have lost a gem.
May this American VETERAN rest in eternal peace and the memories he left behind will help to sustain those who knew him.
Thanks for being the man you were and your influence will live on and continue to inspire others.
PG and Paula Gentrup
Rising Sun, IN
17 juin , 2021
Shirley & Linda taught my first class in Lay Servant training. I am ever so thankful for them being a part of my life.