Gary Lee Wentzel went home to Jesus on February 17, 2017.

Born to Betty and Norman Wentzel in Crookston, Minnesota October 12, 1953, they later moved to Washington.

Gary graduated from Thomas Jefferson, and obtained his business degree from CWU in 1976. He worked alongside his dad in claims adjusting, eventually starting his own business, Rainier Claims Service.

Gary married his love, Melinda, on August 26, 1978. They were blessed with three loving kids, their spouses, and grandchildren who were all answers to prayers. During their 38 years of marriage, he cherished his wife, took joy in his family, and invested in all those around him.

Gary had a solid relationship with God attending Auburn Free Methodist and Grace Community. He shared his faith personably and humbly which included 20+ years volunteering with Young Life.

All who knew Gary will remember him as genuine, kind, thoughtful, reliable, and a great hugger.

Gary is survived by his adoring wife Melinda; and their children, Brieanna (Jon) Ahrenholz, Brandon (Abbie) Wentzel, and Brittany (Tom) Egbert. His grandchildren Elliot and Annsley Wentzel and Emersyn Ahrenholz. He is also survived by his brother Mark (Marcia) Wentzel, honorary parents Frank and Charlaine Rice, and Joyce Petersen.

Our sweet Gary has now joined his parents in heaven.

A memorial service will be held at Grace Community Church in Auburn on Sunday, March 5 at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Auburn Young Life. Online Memorial Page: