Dr. Samuel M. Wentworth

September 20, 1943 ~ December 7, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old


Dr. Samuel M. Wentworth, 80, of Danville, passed away on December 07, 2023 at Hendricks Regional Health.  He was born on September 20, 1943 in Champaign, Illinois, to the late Ruth Phoebe (Jones) and William Norris Wentworth.  Samuel married Sondra Jean Callahan on August 28, 1977 in Bloomington, IN. 

Sam was a member of Northview Christian Church and throughout his life, in every aspect, his faith was core to how he lived. He was an Eagle Scout, and graduated from Earlham College, and IU Medical School. After starting his career at Eli Lilly, he was employed at Riley Children’s Hospital where he founded their Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic, the first in Indiana. In the early 80’s he was honored to serve at Joslin Clinic in Boston Massachusetts, in their Pediatric Diabetes Care Center. He returned to Indiana in 1983 to open his own private practice. He concluded his career working at Hendricks Regional Health in 2021.

For 65 years, camping was an integral part of his heart for kids with diabetes. As a young camp counselor he realized the valuable role camps played in the lives of children. For the next 50 years he was the director of several resident camps in Indiana. For Sam, providing young people with diabetes a place to grow, and be normal was his heart and his passion. It has done so much good for so many, and what he did made a difference in lives of people around the world.

Sam pioneered several programs that encouraged youth to overcome barriers that children with diabetes experienced. With his passion, he founded a 1000-Mile Bike Touring trip throughout the Midwest; white water canoeing trips in Wisconsin; and camper exchange programs impacting children and families throughout Russia.

Throughout his career he was recognized for many prestigious awards, including the Sagamore of the Wabash, the International Camping Award, and the ADA National Diabetes in Youth Award.

He enjoyed the outdoors, woodcarving, history, birdwatching, spending time telling stories with family and friends, photography, and formerly was an avid bicyclist. 

Survivors include his wife, Sondra Wentworth of Danville; children, Barbara (Wentworth McClure) Eder (Chris) of Grand Rapids, MI., David Wentworth (Anne Marie) of St. Simons Island, GA.; sister, Nancy Dolphin of Colorado; 6 grandchildren, Ben McClure (Liz) of Grand Rapids, MI, Sarah McClure Harwood (Mike) of Barcelona, Spain, Hannah McClure Fowler (Bryce) of Grand Rapids, MI, Jonathan Wentworth (Katie) of Newnan, GA., Jake Wentworth of St. Simons Island, GA, Grace Wentworth of Jacksonville, FL.; and 6 great grandchildren, Dawson, Mack, and Oliver Harwood, Jude, Georgia Kate, and Annie Wentworth.  His parents; son, Jeffrey Wentworth, and son-in-law, Scott McClure, preceded him in death. 

 A celebration of life will be held on Saturday January 13, 2024 at Camp Happy Hollow 3049 Happy Hollow Rd. Nashville, Indiana 47448 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. A second celebration of life will be held on Friday January 19, 2024 at Northview Christian Church 623 State Road 39 Danville, Indiana 46122 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Please mail donations directly to Diabetes Education & Camping Association c/o Sam Wentworth Camper Scholarship Fund 12557 New Brittany Blvd. Fort Myers, FL. 33907 or donations can be made online at Baker Funeral Home, Danville is handling the arrangements.   

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Memorial Visitation
January 13, 2024

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Camp Happy Hollow
3049 Happy Hollow Rd.
Nashville, IN 47448

Memorial Visitation
January 19, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Northview Christian Church
623 N SR 39
Danville, IN 46122


Diabetes Education & Camping Association
12557 New Brittany Blvd., Fort Myers FL 33907


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