Richard Carl Jentoft, Beloit, WI (1933-2014)
December 12, 1933 - July 4, 2014
Richard Carl Jentoft, 80, of Beloit, WI, died Friday, July 4, 2014, in Beloit Memorial Hospital. A Beloit resident since 1960, he was born Dec. 12, 1933, in Duluth, MN, the son of Dr. Clarence N. and Ruth L. Wiberg Jentoft. He was a graduate of Duluth Denfeld High School, the University of Minnesota-Duluth, receiving his Associate in Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees, and received his Master of Science Degree and Doctoral Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Richard married Dorothy Paulsen on May 10, 1956, in Duluth, MN. Arriving in Beloit in 1960, he became a Speech Correctionist and the coordinator of the Speech Correction Department for the Beloit Public School System. In 1967, he became Assistant Professor and Director of the Program in Communicative Disorders, teaching 30 years for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Taking a leave of absence in 1974-75 from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, he became the Assistant Superintendent of Schools of Special Education for the Beloit Public Schools. Richard returned to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, retiring in 1997.
Richard was a member of the (ASHLA) American Speech-Language Hearing Association, and former member of the House of State Delegates and the Legislative Council of ASHLA, member and former secretary of the Wisconsin Speech-Language Hearing Association. He was a former member of numerous university and college committees at UW-Whitewater, including Faculty, Senate and Chancellor’s Committee for People with Disabilities. Richard was a member and former President, Vice President and Secretary of the Congregation at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. He was also a former Sunday school and Bethel Series Teacher, President of Our Savior’s Foundation, and a member of People in Time Commission-South Central Synod of Wisconsin.
In 1985, he was a recipient with Dr. Paul Lauretzen of a grant for the study of Comprehensive Assessment service needs for Handicapped Education in Wisconsin. In 1990 through 1997, he received the Blue Key National Honor Fraternity Award for having a significant effect on students. In 1992, he received the first teaching award given by the UW-Whitewater for the excellence in teaching, college of letters and sciences. In 1994, Richard received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Speech-Language-Hearing Association (WSHLA), the UW-Whitewater Roseman Award for Outstanding Teaching, which is the highest faculty award given by the university. He was given the Golden Key National Honor Society Award for teaching and was nominated for the Frank Kleffener Award by WSHLA and the National Carnegie Award for Teaching by the UW-Whitewater.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; his daughters, Vicki (Glen) Jentoft-Johnson of Beloit, WI, and Kathi (Randy) Jentoft McBain of Rockford, IL; five grandchildren: Jenny (Erik) Kluznik of St. Paul, MN, Grant (fiancé, Barb Mork) Jentoft-Johnson of Stoughton, WI, Megan (Chris) Griffith, Emily (Shane) Dunaway, and Tyler Jentoft-Johnson, all of Beloit, WI; great grandchildren: Conner Dunaway, Pressley Griffith, Evan Dunaway and Marley Griffith; a sister, Myrna L. (Dave) Hallberg; a brother, Kip B. (Marlys) Jentoft; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Jessica Lee Jentoft-Johnson.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 14, 2014, at OUR SAVIORS LUTHERAN CHURCH, 739 Bluff Street, Beloit, WI, with the Reverend Jennifer Jelinek officiating. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday at THE DALEY MURPHY WISCH & ASSOCIATES FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM, 2355 Cranston Road, Beloit, WI.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Richard's name to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, UW-Whitewater Memorial Endowment Fund or the American Heart Association.
Due to allergies, it is requested that
no perfumes or colognes be worn to the services.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.daleymurphywisch.com