Bernard Linwood Wentling, 84, of Oldtown, passed away Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at Frostburg Village Nursing Home.
Born Sept. 30, 1933, in Cumberland, Mr. Wentling was the son of the late Louis Llewellyn Wentling and Gertrude Mary (Stegmaier) Wentling. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence Wentling.
Bernard attended Fort Hill High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He retired from the Allegany County Roads Department as a district supervisor. After retirement, he drove a school bus for Allegany County Public Schools. He enjoyed playing Bluegrass music with his special friend, Bud Mallow, and friends. He would spend hours coin hunting and metal detecting. Bernard was known in the surrounding areas for his excellent fiddle playing, exceptional wood working, and extreme intelligence. Many said they wouldn't be playing Bluegrass if it weren't for him. He made many fiddles and a few mandolins and repaired lots of instruments as well as made and repaired furniture during his lifetime. He added a special touch to some of the fiddles he made by carving the scroll area into an Indian, a lion, a ram, and his own likeness.
He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, and mentor. Not only did his family know he could do anything but many others said he was the smartest man they knew; and there wasn't anything he couldn't figure out or do. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. To all those who heard him play and/or played Bluegrass with him, keep playing so he will be remembered. As the music plays on so will his memory.
Bernard is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara Wentling; a daughter, Lisa Lyons and husband, Charlie; a son, Steven Wentling and wife, Sharon; a brother, Francis Wentling and wife, Carol; a sister, Agnes Slider; his grandchildren, Justin Dolly and wife, Angela, Garrett Dolly, Matthew Wentling, Sarah Wentling, and Leslie McCutcheon and husband, Brian; his great-grandchildren, Lilly Lybrand, Bryson Troutman, Olivia Dolly, Maverick McCutcheon, and two on the way; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received at Adams Family Funeral Home P.A., 404 Decatur St., Cumberland, (www.AdamsFamilyFuneralHome.com) on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. George Loar officiating.
Interment will be in Glendale Cemetery.
Military honors will be accorded at the cemetery by the Post 13 Veterans Honor Guard.
His family wishes to thank the Frostburg Village Nursing Home, Dementia Wing, for the care and compassion they gave him during the month he stayed there.
Goodbye for now Dad, Pap - Happy Birthday - we will see you in heaven someday and hear that sweet sound of your fiddle playing.
Published on September 30, 2017