Rev. Herbert Emil Wenz, 85, born July 14, 1931, passed away on July 12, 2017
at his home in Lincoln, NE. He was born in Plevna, MT to Matilda (Schuetzle) and
Andrew Wenz, and graduated from Plevna High School in 1949. He met his wife
Delores Gall at Yankton College and they were married May 31, 1953.
Herb attended Yankton College and School of Theology in Yankton, SD and
graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in May, 1953, and graduated from the School
of Theology in May, 1954.
Herb was ordained at his home church is Plevna by the Montana German
Congregational Conference in 1954. After serving in churches in Montana and
North Dakota, he and his family moved to Connecticut, where he obtained a
certificate in Clinical Pastoral Training in 1960 at Boston City Hospital, and
received a Bachelor’s of Divinity and a Masters of Arts in Religious Education
from Hartford College on May 23, 1961. A man of many talents, Herb also spent
many years in education, public relations, and pharmaceutical sales.
Herb served churches in Montana, North Dakota, Connecticut, Ohio, Illinois,
and Nebraska. His last congregation was First German UCC, in Lincoln, NE for
fourteen years, and following retirement, Herb started a new congregation, New
Hope UCC, and served as pastor for nearly ten years. Herb was a dedicated man of
God, serving his faith with incredible resolve and sharing his love of God with
his family, friends, and community throughout his entire life. Herb’s deep faith
will be preserved by his family; they will forever remember him baptizing his
grandchildren and great-grandchildren, reading Bible stories and introducing
them to Jesus, and giving thanks with an undeniable dignity, holding hands
around the table with all those who loved him so.
Herb was a Lincoln police chaplain for a number of years in the 1980s, then
was a hospital chaplain for sixteen years at Bryan Memorial Chapel. Herb was
always ready to lend a hand to anyone in need. He loved animals – especially
dogs – and walked many miles with his grand-puppies. However, it was undoubtable
that his family was the most important thing in his life. The incredible amount
of love that he shared with his family, his deep sense of morality, acute grace,
and indescribable goodness will keep him alive in all of our hearts forever.
Herb is survived by his wife Delores of 64 years, and daughters Chrystal
(David) Obbink and Jodi Sudik (Derek Hutson), and son Mark Wenz (Debbie Knight),
five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by
his parents, brothers Richard, Jonathon, and Clarence, sisters Maggie Ludwig and
Ester Heuer, and son-in-law Gary Dorn.
Services, Tuesday 10:30am at Vine Congregational Church 1800 Twin Ridge Rd.
Visitation Sunday 9am - 9pm and Monday 9am - 9pm (with family present Monday
6-8pm at funeral home). Memorials to Vine Congregational Church.