Christopher Scott Wentling passed away on May 24th, 2023 in Madison, South Dakota, due to complications from a stroke.
Chris grew up in Norfolk, NE, where he attended Norfolk Public Schools. He excelled in pole vaulting and football and continued his athletic endeavors while earning an education degree at Chadron State College. Chris was dedicated to teaching and coaching, returning to his hometown of Norfolk where he coached and taught from 1987 to 2018. After retirement, he enjoyed his friends and family, his puppies, and traveling.
Chris is preceded in death by his parents Earl “Erv” Wentling and Shirley Westin Knapp. He leaves behind his daughters Jessica Wentling (Lincoln, Ne) and Natalie Wentling (Scottsbluff, NE), brother Al (and Jane) Wentling (Norfolk, NE), stepmother Ruth Wentling (Vail, AZ), and life partner Deb Tech (Madison, SD).
His memory will live on in the hearts of friends and family, as well as in the hearts of the countless
students whose lives were forever changed by Mr. (Coach) Wentling.
A celebration of life for Chris will be held at a later date.
Chris supports neurological research by participating in the Brainbank donation program with
In lieu of flowers, please donate to American Stroke association which can be found here: