Joel Jamin Wentling
Joel Jamin Wentling, 51, of Greenville, passed away Saturday morning, Oct. 12, 2019, at his home after an eight-month fight with pancreatic cancer. Every single day he received input from friends and family, who wished him well and boosted his spirits. He truly got to see examples of the best in humanity and was so grateful for that.
Joel was born in Greenville on Sept. 29, 1968, to Dallas and Joan Wentling. Following graduation from Greenville High School in 1987, he began his studies in secondary education, specifically social studies, at Grove City College, graduating in 1991. He played defensive tackle for the Wolverines, was captain and a four-year starter.
After college, he began a position he enjoyed immensely: For two years he worked as a teacher and counselor of troubled youth for VisionQuest, based in Franklin. VisionQuest operated a unique "wagon train" program that gave troubled young adults the extraordinary experience of traveling 1,000 miles across country on horseback or covered wagon. He helped the kids develop self-confidence, patience, and coping skills.
In 1993, he began teaching eighth-grade social studies at Reynolds High School. At this time, he obtained his masters degree in education at Westminster College, including certificates in guidance counseling and secondary administration. In 1997, he began his 22-year stint as principal and assistant principal working at Conneaut Valley High School and Conneaut Lake Middle School.
He was a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistant Professionals and on the state board for 22 years. He also served on the Crawford County Children's Advocacy Council.
He loved his students and thought it was important to understand kids, respect them and have relationships with them. He always said, "Principal ends in PAL."
Joel shared his passion for the outdoors with his family. Over the years, they spent many hours fishing, hunting whitetail, turkey, groundhogs, pheasants and grouse with his dog "Willy".
He attended Zion's Reformed United Church of Christ, where he was very involved as an elder, deacon, Sunday school teacher and choir member. He also enjoyed serving meals at the Good Shepard Center.
On Sept. 4, 1998, Joel married the former Michelle McClimans, who survives. He is also survived by his parents of Greenville; his son, Jamin Wentling, daughter Mesa Wentling and son Justin Lewis and his wife Kylee, all of Greenville; brother Kyle Wentling and his fiance Amanda Boggs and her children Gavin and Peyton, brother Parke Wentling and his wife Jennifer; nephews Bryer and Trap Wentling; nieces Ada and Iris Wentling; grandchildren Lincoln and Lexi Lewis, all of Greenville.
He was preceded in death by his uncle, Rodney Wentling.
Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepard Center, 10 N. Water St., Greenville, PA 16125.

Joel Jamin, 51, of Greenville.
Calling hours: 4 to 8 p.m. Friday (10-18-19) in Anderson Lounge of Zion's Reformed United Church of Christ, 260 Main St., Greenville.
Memorial service: 9:30 a.m. Saturday (10-19-19) in the church with Rev. June Boutwell, pastor, officiating.
Visitors may sign the online guestbook and view a video tribute at
Arrangements have been entrusted to LOUTZENHISER-JORDAN FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVICES Inc. 366-368 S. Main St. Greenville.
Published on October 13, 2019


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Gerald (Jerry) Little
Oct 18, 2019
I was pleased to umpire in Greenville when Joel was a baseball coach.
Sam Alexander
Oct 18, 2019
My sincere condolences to the Wentling family in the passing of Joel, a wonderful family man, educator,coach and friend. I have known Joel his entire life and found it hard to have found a better man. J admired all that he stood for but he left this world much too early. May God lift the family up and give you all the strength you need during this very difficult time.
Nichole Columbus
Oct 18, 2019
Blue Caribbean was purchased for the family of Joel Jamin Wentling by Nichole Columbus.  Send flowers
Anthony Laird
Oct 17, 2019
Such a good teacher! Very understanding and down to earth. Should be so many more like him. Never forgotten!
Wendy Shust
Oct 17, 2019
I am so sorry to hear about Joel. I knew Joel from Grove City College and loved the guy!! He was a great person! Prayers, peace and my deepest sympathies to Joel's family.
Sue Hasson
Oct 17, 2019
Michelle you have my deepest sympathy.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Ed Ferguson
Oct 16, 2019
I am friends with Dallas and Joanne Wentling and we know how it hurts to lose family.
Ron Malson
Oct 16, 2019
The news of Joel’s passing made me think back to the good times we had as young kids. A trip to New York City and almost getting kicked out of our hotel. Very sad indeed. May he rest in eternal peace.
Kim & Chris Greenlee
Oct 16, 2019
Deepest sympathy to the Wenting family
Jenn Junk & Todd Gruber
Oct 15, 2019
We are very saddened about the loss of Joel and send our condolences. Rest in peace, Cheeks.
Peggy Anderson (phoenix, Az.)
Oct 15, 2019
My condolences to the Wentling family. Michele, Justin & Kylee. May God be with you and comfort your hearts.