James Frederick Lentz, age 71 of Coleridge, Nebraska died at his residence on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 due to lymphoma.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 10:30 am at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Coleridge with Rev. David Liewer officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery in Coleridge. Military honors will be provided by the Coleridge American Legion Post 114 and the American Legion Riders. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm with a Vigil Service at 3:30 pm at the church. Visitation will begin on Monday at 9:30 am at the church. The Wintz Funeral Home in Coleridge is assisting with the arrangements.
Pallbearers will be David Black, Jody Stark, Ryan Vesely, Rane Vesely, Kyle Lentz, Mike Welch, and Roger Derickson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Rodney Lentz, Jeff Lentz, Bob VonDerOhe, and Warren Stark.
James Frederick Lentz was born on December 31 1946 in Yankton, SD to Irvin Ronald and Cecelia Marie (Burbach) Lentz. He grew up on a farm east of Hartington and graduated from Hartington Cedar Catholic High School in 1965. Jim served in the U.S. Army from March 28, 1966 to March 10, 1969 where he was stationed in Germany. Upon his discharge he attended and graduated from Southeast Community College in Milford in electronics. Jim married Glenna Joy Paro on August 17, 1974 in Kearney, Nebraska. Jim worked at Top Hat Furniture in Kearney and then at Blevins doing electronic repair. In 1979 he worked in Grand Island at Skagway's for 10 years. Jim then worked maintenance for McCain's Food from 1989 until he retired. He and Glenna moved to Coleridge six years ago.
Jim was a former member of the Eagles Club in Grand Island. Family was always his priority and he enjoyed attending his grandchildren's activities. He loved to fix and repair things on the farm and attend to the garden there. Jim was meticulous in everything he did. He would spend hours tinkering with old radios and other electronics. Jim had two dogs, Bennie & Chester that he loved and would share his ice cream with.
Jim is survived by his wife Glenna of Coleridge; three daughters and spouses Katrina & Martin Martinez of Belmond, IA, Dawn & Ryan Didio of Belmond, IA, Andrea Lentz of Grand Island, NE; eight grandchildren Ken, Allison, Vanessa, Karina, Lesley, Martin, Alexys, and Gavin; one great grandchild, on the way, Jamie Elizabeth; two sisters Muriel (Warren) Stark of Bloomfield, NE, Melanie (Bob) VonDerOhe of Norfolk, NE; two brothers Rodney (Kathy) Lentz of Hartington, Jeff (Julie) Lentz of Hartington; several nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Kenny & Jerry Lentz.
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Andrea and family, I am so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. You are in my thoughts. He was such a nice man. I remember him well. May memories bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time.
We are so sorry for your loss. God bless you.
Marilyn and Rob Arnold
My deepest sympathy to you all. Fond memories when I was young with you guys!
Jeff Ziska and family
I was very sad to hear of Jim's passing and would like to express my heartfelt sympathy to the entire Lentz family. I had the pleasure to get to know both Jim and Glenna while working for McCain Foods. I will always think back fondly on our time playing golf together and chatting after church. Jim was a great guy and had a kind soul, he will be greatly missed.
We send our heartfelt sympathy to you and your dear family, Glenna. We pray the Lord will comfort you in this time of sorrow.
Ed and Dixie Farrell
We would like to extend our sympathy and prayers to all of your family. I'm sure there are many memories of a wonderful life.
Roger & Barb Sudbeck
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