James Edward Wentrcek, 88, of Rogers, affectionately known as "PaPa," passed away peacefully at his home residence in Rogers, Texas, on December 5, 2023. He was surrounded by his loving family during his final moments. James lived a remarkable life filled with accomplishments, cherished memories, and a profound impact on those who had the privilege of knowing him.
Born on January 18, 1935, in Cyclone, Texas, James was the beloved son of Joe Edwin Wentrcek and Rosie Tracy (Schovajsa) Wentrcek. He grew up in a close-knit community and attended Rogers Independent School District. After graduating from Rogers High School in 1953, he went on to pursue higher education at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In 1958, James received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Baylor.
Driven by ambition and determination, James ventured into the world of finance and embarked on an exemplary career. He began as a file clerk at First State Bank of Rogers after high school and steadily climbed the corporate ladder over the years. With hard work and dedication, he rose to become the President of the bank until 1991. His expertise and exceptional leadership set him apart in the industry.
Following his success in banking, James embarked on a new chapter of his life as a special educational math teacher for Belton Independent School District. Simultaneously, he took on the role of a bus driver for the district—a testament to his commitment to education and supporting future generations.
Beyond the professional sphere, James had an array of interests that brought joy to his life. He possessed an adventurous spirit and took great pleasure in embarking on family trips to various destinations such as Washington DC, Nashville Tennessee, and Arizona. These journeys created lasting memories that will be treasured by all who shared them with him. Furthermore, James was passionate about spending quality time with Mildred, his beloved wife of 59 years, and showed his love to Mildred by cooking meals. He also enjoyed attending high school football games coached by his son.
Known for his quick wit, sassy remarks, and a sense of humor that could brighten any room, James was a well-rounded individual. He was respected by colleagues, friends, and acquaintances alike for his strong work ethic, personable nature, and likable personality. A devoted family man at heart, he found solace in being surrounded by loved ones and cherished the moments spent with them dearly.
During his spare time, James found joy in simple pleasures. The farm on his 23 acres provided him with an opportunity to indulge in driving his beloved John Deere tractor. His unwavering support for local high school football teams led him to become the dedicated bus driver for his son's team. In addition to these hobbies, he enjoyed pursuing woodworking projects.
James also had a rich military history that spoke volumes of his patriotism and dedication to serving others. In October 1961, he honorably enlisted in the Army National Guard and rose to the rank of 2nd Lt. Serving with utmost commitment until August 1962, James's last duty station was Co C, 3d Med Tk Bn/112 Armor 49th AD.
In 1963, James encountered the love of his life when he met Mildred Jeannette Schiller. Together they built an enduring partnership that lasted nearly six decades. Throughout their journey as husband and wife, they nurtured a remarkable family legacy rooted in love and devotion. Their union blessed them with a cherished son named Jeremy Wentrcek and daughter-in-law Cindy. James adored his two grandchildren Joshua Wentrcek and Josiah Wentrcek—bringing immense pride and joy to his heart. The bonds forged within this family stood as a testament to James's commitment to raising a strong and loving household.
As a man of deep faith, James valued his relationship with God above all else. His unwavering belief in the Lord sustained him through life's challenges and provided solace in times of difficulty. Upon his passing, James rejoined his heavenly Father, finding eternal peace in His embrace.
James Edward Wentrcek leaves behind a legacy that will be carried forward by those he held dear. While his physical presence may no longer grace our lives, the memories, values, and love he bestowed upon us will endure forever. His determination, humility, and timeless wisdom will serve as guiding lights for future generations.
Services to honor and celebrate James's life will be held on December 8th and 9th, 2023. Visitation will take place on December 8th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Young's Daughters Funeral Home & Bereavement Center in Temple, Texas. The funeral service will be held on December 9th at 2:00 PM at the same location. Following the funeral service, a burial ceremony will be conducted at Seaton Brethren Church in Temple, Texas.
In this time of profound loss, let us remember James not with sorrow but with gratitude for the exceptional individual he was. His remarkable spirit touched countless lives and left an indelible mark on everyone fortunate enough to have known him. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation to Gladney Center for Adoption, 6300 John Ryan Drive, Fort Worth Texas 76132.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Accent Care Home Health and Hospice for their compassionate care.
Arrangements are under the direction of Sabrina Young at Young's Daughters Funeral Home and Bereavement Center.