Wenz, Reverend Herbert Emil


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.

Guestbook for Wenz, Reverend Herbert Emil

3:49PM Jul 19th, 2017
My deepest sympathies Aunt Dolores.
Marilyn Heitz (Bozeman, MT)
6:34AM Jul 15th, 2017
Aunt Delores and family, Sharing in your sorrow. When someone becomes a memory that memory becomes a treasure. We so enjoyed knowing Uncle Herb. Having the chance to visit with him last Sept was a special highlight. He will be dearly missed. Heaven's gain! Sending all of our love --along with hugs and embraces.
Alvin and Sharon Wenz Wenz (Plevna, MT)
6:08AM Jul 15th, 2017
Dolores- we are thinking of you and your family at this sad time. Herb was part of so many of our family memories and you both seem like family to us. You have our deepest sympathy and are in our hearts and prayers. Mary and Gary
Mary Rathje (Centennial , CO)
4:36PM Jul 14th, 2017
My deepest sympathies aunt Dolores.
Alvin Ludwig (Missoula , MT)

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