Stephen Slater Lentz

Stephen Slater Lentz

Stephen Slater Lentz
June 18, 1966 – April 30, 2017

SELMA – Stephen Slater Lentz, 50, died Sunday.  He was born in Montgomery County, PA, to the late Stephen Slater & Geraldine Massaro Lentz.  He worked with VCI which he enjoyed very much.  Prior to this he worked with Triangle Case Work for many years.  Stephen was a musician for many years and had a passion for woodworking and was a master craftsman.  He was a loving, supportive, husband and best friend to his wife and son.  He was beloved by many and will be missed terribly.

Funeral service 11 am, Thursday, Thanksgiving Baptist Church, Selma.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Ruth Wilder Lentz, son, Stephen Earley Robert Lentz, both of th home, siblings, Amy Lutz (Mike) of Bloomsburg, PA , Lt. Col. Clif Prat, USA, Retired (Martha) of Virginia Beach, VA, father & mother-in-law, Earley & Rebecca Wilder of Selma brother-in-law, Jeff Wilder (Lou) of Northwest, sister-in-law- Jean Wilder Waugh (Phil) of Winston- Salem, many close nieces, nephews, & cherished family members.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Visitation 6-8 pm, Wednesday, Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St., Wendell & other times at Earley & Rebecca’s home.


  • Wendy Destremps Posted May 3, 2017 2:06 am

    Ahhh, Steve. RIP my old friend. Much love to your family.Thank you for the memories. Xo

  • Alecia Ramsey Williams Posted May 3, 2017 6:49 am

    My deepest sympathy to Ruth, Stephen, and the entire family! There are now words at a time like this, but I pray that the Lord will flod your hearts with the fondest memories of Stephen and fill the void with Hia Love and comfort! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Katie and Terry Perry Posted May 3, 2017 10:19 am

    We are very sad to hear of Stephens passing. Our condolences ,thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Charlie and Marlene Rivers Posted May 3, 2017 10:55 pm

    Ruth, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God’s peace and love surround you during the coming days and months.

  • Eric Carlson Posted May 3, 2017 11:30 pm

    Back in the late eighties I crossed paths with Stephen and played, recorded and dreamed in a band with him for 5 or so years and became friends. He had an uplifting presence which livened all around him. Even though we had lost track of one another he was always present in my daily thoughts. My deepest sympathy to his family.

  • Eric Carlson Posted May 4, 2017 1:57 am

    In the late 80’s I played, recorded and dreamed in a band with Stephen for roughly five years and became friends. He had a presence which livened everyone in the room. Even though we had lost touch with one another over the years he has always been in my daily thoughts. My deepest sympathies to his family.

  • Jason Posted May 5, 2017 12:42 am

    So sorry for this loss.

  • Sherry Marr Peterson Posted May 5, 2017 7:41 pm

    Ruth and family, my condolences to you and your family during this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Lord promises that we will not have to endure more than we can handle. Lean on him during this time. We will continue to pray for you and your family.

  • Jane Spreckley Posted June 18, 2017 5:39 pm

    I am so very sorry to hear of the news of Stephens passing! I grew up next door to them and have many wonderful memories of the whole family. I feel like I have lost a brother. I want you to know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Jim Neubauer Posted September 16, 2019 11:40 am

      Just found this obit while looking for old friends I used to grow up with. I am shocked and deeply saddened today by this news. Stephen and I grew up together all the way through high school. And I always thought he was the nicest guy. In high school he had his rebel punk rock years where he would wear his hair spiked up off his head and chains despite g down from his pockets. Behind all that though Stephen was the same guy and I always respected his willingness to stand out from the crowd to be his own person at the time. Stephen was also a VERY good athlete who didn’t really play sports in high school but was extremely good at many.i still remember the winning touchdown he caught in a 9th grade flag football game where we upset the 9th grade freshman football team in a bet. Stephen always came to the lunch room in high school with a bag full of SUsie Qs, tasty cakes and HO HOS which we would trade back and forth.

  • Jim Neubauer Posted September 16, 2019 11:42 am

    I hope that some of the other commenters on this site cannforward this to his family and his sister Amy. Stephen will be memorialized at this years class reunion in the fall of 2019. His memory lives on through all of us at Council Rick

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