James L. Wendte Sr.
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James L. Wendte Sr., age 71, of Yankton, South Dakota, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

Funeral services are 11:00 AM, on Monday, December 15, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend David Wildermuth officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Sunday, December 14, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Pallbearers are his five grandchildren: Miranda Zavadil, Breanna Jensen, Kristen Wendte, Lacey Gould and Sam Wendte and his close friend, Dennis Sundleaf. Honorary pallbearer is his special angel, grandson Nicholas J. Wendte, in Heaven.

Jim was born June 27, 1943 in Ponca, Nebraska to Oscar and Effie (Flom) Wendte. He grew up on the family farm near Newcastle, Nebraska and graduated from Newcastle High School in 1960. On June 27, 1962, Jim married Janice Harding in Newcastle. Jim attended Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska where he received his welding certification in 1970. Jim then moved his family to Yankton and starting working at Wilson Trailer as a welder. Jim worked his way up through the company retiring in 2007 as plant manager after over 35 years of service.

Jim was a devoted husband and father and worked hard to provide for Jan and his sons. He loved the outdoors and shared that passion with his sons and grandchildren. Whether it be fishing, boating, hunting, snowmobiling or golfing, he was always happiest when spending time with family and friends. Jim spent many years coaching and volunteering in the youth baseball program in Yankton and followed his son's and grandchildren's sporting events and other activities for 40+ years. Some of his most treasured memories were of the many fishing trips and other adventures he shared with his sons.

Jim is survived by his wife, Janice Wendte of Yankton; three sons: Jim (Trish) Wendte of Pierre, SD, Jeff (Sue) Wendte of Yankton and Jody (Leanne) Wendte of Crofton, NE; five grandchildren: Miranda (Dillon) Zavadil, Breanna (Michael) Jensen, Kristen Wendte, Lacey (Seth) Gould and Sam Wendte; one great granddaughter, Zoey Zavadil; twin brother, Bob (Sue) Wendte of Newcastle; three sisters: Faye Marron of Newcastle, Shirley Livingston of South Sioux City, NE and Connie (Roger) Voss of Lincoln, NE; and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; infant grandson, Nicholas J. Wendte; brother, Lyle Wendte; sister, Junealee Voss and an infant sister.

Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.

So very sorry to of your loss of your husband and father. He is in a better place now. It is had to loose somebody to cancer. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during your time of sorrow.

Brenda L. Anderberg

I am so sorry to learn of Jim's death. My deepest sympathies to Janice, the children and grandchildren. Unfortunately I will be unable to attend funeral services but I will be thinking of you all.

Joellen Hanson McGinn

I am so sorry to hear of that Jim's death. My prayers and thoughts are with Janice and all the family. Jim will not be forgotten. God be very near to each of you.

Shirley (Schram) Armstrong

Worked at Wilson years ago but Jim will always be remembered. Jim was a good man and a great human being. He will be missed by many

Rick Stahlecker

Janice, Jim Jeff and Jody,

So sorry for the loss of your husband and father. Jim was a good person. I enjoyed many years of coaching with Jim while watching the boys grow through elementary and high school years.

God bless and comfort you all during this difficult time.

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ron and Mona Heglin Surprise, Az.


We are very sorry for the loss of your father. We hope that your memories of him will give you comfort during this difficult time and in the future.

Arthur and Patty Leonard

Wendte family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May god bring you comfort, love and peace.

Jeff Bochman

So sorry for your loss janice my prayers go to u and the family

your cousin cynthia hawkins and lonnie harding and my daughter tammy

We are so sorry to hear of Jim's death. Janice and family you have our deepest sympathy.

Dick & Marilyn Bender

Janice and family,

Our hearts go out to you as you grieve Jim's passing. He shared a lot of smiles with everyone in high school and we hope you have many fun memories to cherish and comfort you.

Arnie and Phyllis (Kneifl) Getz, Pewaukee, WI

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