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Charles Andrew Wentland


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Charles Andrew Wentland Obituary
Charles Andrew Wentland, Army veteran, former Lodi policeman, California State peace officer, and successful local real estate developer, died peacefully May 9, 2018 in Lodi. He was 89. Known as Chuck, he was born September 4, 1928, in Bordulac, North Dakota to Andrew and Hilda Wentland. He was their second son and the fourth sibling. His North Dakota grandfather was an early settler in Lodi, arriving in 1908 and establishing the family homestead on east Pine Street. Chuck graduated from Lodi High School in 1946. He played on the football and track teams where he set a school record in the pole vault competition using a bamboo pole. He continued his education at Lassen Junior College, Stockton College and the College of the Pacific. He married Hilda Johannsen in 1950 and was one of the first seven draftees into the Korean War. After service at General Headquarters Far East Command in Tokyo, Japan, he was honorably discharged as a Sargent First Class in the United States Army.
In 1952, he joined the Lodi Police Department and was promoted to the rank of Detective. He left the department in 1959, accepting the position of Special Investigator for the State of California. He was assigned to the Department of Motor Vehicles and worked for twenty-one years in various capacities at its Sacramento headquarters and as a District Supervisor in the Stockton office managing the region from Tahoe to Bishop to Vallejo. In 1981, he received a disability retirement as a Supervising Special Investigator.
Chuck began a second career as a real estate developer in partnership with his life-long friend, Dr. Norman King. Together, they bought residential properties and apartment buildings, renovated and managed them. In 1982, he formed Fairmont Medical Center Association with a group of local physicians, purchased the existing offices at corner of Fairmont Avenue and Vine Street, and built additional offices. This property housed over forty-five of Lodi's doctors.
Appearing frequently before the Lodi City Planning Commission, Chuck followed that project with a much larger development at the corner of Ham Lane and Lodi Avenue, a 95,000 square foot planned unit development of medical and professional offices. During construction, he invited Randy Snider to join him as his business partner. In 1989, they purchased additional property at Ham Lane and Iris and constructed more offices, as well as land on Kettleman Lane, including the current sites of WalMart and Target which were incorporated into the City through his annexation efforts. He also championed a popular referendum campaign and vote which led to annexation of a 20-acre parcel he later developed as Parkview Terrace, a 90-home gated community which also became the location of his and Hilda's own home.
Chuck enjoyed bird hunting and, especially, bird dogs. He was an excellent shot known to wait for his fellow hunters to miss their shots before firing himself and then crediting the others – often Lodi physicians or family members - for "their" good shot fell\ing the bird. He also was known to let others win at dice so he could buy their lunch. Chuck was generous to a fault, loved by family and friends for his sense of humor, his prolific writing and endearing recitation of poetry. A life-long gun enthusiast, he instructed his son, daughter and grandson on all manner of firearm safety and use.
He leaves behind his beloved wife of nearly 68 years, Hilda, whom he called "Fluffy." Together, they traveled the world, visiting more than seventy countries, and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Taj Majal – perhaps the world's most famous tribute to love. Still, he was most content at home with Fluff in Lodi.
Chuck is also survived by his daughter, Lori McIntosh (Greg) and grandson, Brett. His constant companion was his son, Kirk Wentland, who took most loving care of him in his later life. Kirk's life partner, Larry Camuso, also mourns Chuck's passing. Chuck and Randy Snider maintained their partnership, friendship and business office until the time of his passing. In addition, Chuck's sister, Lois, lives in Austin, Texas and her daughters, Janis and Donna, live in Phoenix, Arizona and Austin, Texas, respectively.
Private services have been held. Memorial contributions can be sent to People Assisting Lodi Shelters (PALS) in Lodi, or Hospice of San Joaquin.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from May 12 to May 18, 2018
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