Jacob A. Wentz, 16, of Crary, ND, passed away on Friday, June 10, 2016, at Mercy Hospital, Devils Lake, ND from an accidental drowning.

Jacob A. Wentz, 16, of Crary, ND, passed away on Friday, June 10, 2016, at Mercy Hospital, Devils Lake, ND from an accidental drowning.

Visitation for Jacob will be held on Wednesday, June 15,  at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Visitation on Thursday will be at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 16 at 1 p.m. at the River of Life, Assembly of God Church, Devils Lake, with Pastor Jeff Kapelle and Reverend Kevin Anderson officiating.

Jacob Allen, precious son of Michael and Joy (Davidson) Wentz, was born on October 25, 1999, at Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake.  He was a baptized member of the River of Life Church.  

Jacob attended Minnie H Elementary School.  Along with all the school activities he also participated in a wrestling program.  He then graduated from Central Middle School and attended Lakota High School his freshman year.  Jacob had just completed his sophomore year at Devils Lake High School.  

Jacob had dedicated himself to weight lifting and fitness.  At Lakota High he had participated in the running events in track. He had a passion for video games and was in the process of developing his own version of one of his favorite games. He also was very artistic and used his creativity to express himself. His love of music was not limited to one style, so he enjoyed quite a wide variety of types and sounds. Jacob loved animals of all kinds, loved joking around and making people laugh. But family and friends were his priority, spending time with them and sharing his love and caring nature with them.  

Jacob’s brief earthly life touched so very many hearts and those hearts are so heavy with sadness.  We can’t imagine not seeing Jacob’s beautiful smile, those bright, dancing eyes brightening each of our days and experiencing his loving, gentle heart in our lives, but those are the memories we will treasure always.

Jacob is survived by his loving family, his parents, Michael and Joy Wentz; sister, Rachelle Wentz; brothers, Michael Wentz and Tyler Wentz all of Crary; nephew, Kaysen Longie and two more on the way in the fall; maternal grandparents, Melvin and Jana Davidson, Grafton, ND; paternal grandparents, Edward Wentz, Devils Lake and Penny Johnson also of Devils Lake; aunts and uncles, Eugene Davidson, Bruce Davidson, Kim VanRisseghem, Amy Litzinger, Julie Davidson, Matthew (Ernesta McKay) Davidson, Darren Wentz, Matthew (Misti Skoog) Wentz and Ashley (James Ackerman) Wentz; many cousins, great aunts and great uncles also survive.  

He was preceded in death by his great grandparents; uncle Wayne Wentz and cousin Timothy Wentz.

Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake, has been entrusted with Jacob’s care.