Services for Jim will be at the Vertin-Munson Funeral home in Wahpeton, ND, at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021. Burial service will be held in Hansboro, ND, at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2021. His nephew Ryan Taylor will do the eulogy. Condolences can be sent to Holly Hunziker, 812 2nd Ave. South, Glasgow, MT 59230.
James Roland Lentz was born on August 15, 1944, in Cando, ND. Jim spent his early years in Hansboro, ND, and attended school there through third grade. He then went to school in Rolla, ND, Warren, MN, and Osnabrock, ND, where he graduated in 1963.
He attended college in Wahpeton, ND, earning a two-year degree. While in high school he worked for area farmers, carpenters, and mechanics, kind of a “Jim-of-all-trades”. He chose long-haul trucking as his career-driving many years for ITT Trucking and others.
As a young Boy Scout, he became interested in stamp and coin collecting. He was an avid active collector until his death, on December 17, 2020.
He resided in Breckenridge, MN and passed away there with only a few friends near because of COVID-19. His family visited him there a few weeks before he passed, but were forced to visit him on a phone through a window due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Jim is survived by two sisters: Cindy (Dan) Taylor of Glasgow, MT, and Patricia Knopf of Fairbanks, AK. He is also survived by 5 nephews: Shayne (Melissa) Taylor of Murphy, TX, Kevin Taylor (Latosha) of Glasgow, MT, Ryan Taylor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Karl Knopf of Fairbanks, AK, and his “favorite” niece, Holly (John) Hunziker of Glasgow, MT. Great nephews: Hayden Taylor of Clemson, SC and Lukas Knopf of Fairbanks, AK, and great-niece, Haley Taylor of Murphy, TX were all proud to associate with “Uncle Jim”, and listen to his stories. He is also survived by a dear friend, Rita Anderson, of Glasgow, and many cousins, aunts, and uncles across the USA.
Jim was preceded in death by his grandparents Lentzs’ and Kesslers’ and his parents, Walter & Rita Lentz of Hazen, ND.