James A. Wentzel, a metalworker who made architectural sculptures, died Friday of cancer complications at his Timonium home. He was 56.
Born and raised in Lexington, Mo., he was a 1973 graduate of Washington College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history. He also played varsity basketball, baseball and soccer.
He then moved to Baltimore and became a welder at Chesapeake Machine Co. and later established his own business, Jawco, on Eastern Avenue in Highlandtown.
Mr. Wentzel produced architectural sculptures for homes as well as metal tables, candlesticks, fireplace accessories and handrails. He made decorative fencing for Gunpowder State Park.
"His life revolved around his daughter, his son and his job," said his former mother-in-law, Marie Junghans of Timonium.
Survivors include a son, Ben Wentzel of Lutherville; a daughter, Erin Wentzel of Baltimore; his parents, Herman and Ruth Wentzel of Roseville, Minn.; a brother, Steven Wentzel of Napoleon, Ohio; and two sisters, Kathryn Wentzel of Gaithersburg and Karen Wentzel-Freeman of Palo Alto, Calif. His marriage to Loretta Junghans ended in divorce.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity, 30 E. Ridgely Road in Timonium.