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James L. Wento

November 28, 1986 ~ January 5, 2021 (age 34) 34 Years Old

James Wento Obituary

Staff Sergeant James Lynch Wento was born November 28, 1986 and passed away January 5, 2021 while serving an overseas tour in South Korea.  Funeral Mass will be at St. Anne's Catholic Church, Le Sueur, MN, Monday, January 25, 2021, 10:30 a.m.  Visitation will be at the Kolden Funeral Home, Le Sueur on Sunday, January 24, from 3:00 p.m. ~ 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue the morning of the Mass at the funeral home from 8:00 a.m. ~ 10:15 a.m, we will then process to St. Anne's for the 10:30 a.m. Mass.  Burial will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery with full military honors. 

James was serving as Headquarters Platoon Sergeant and belonged to the 2-2 Assault Helicopter Battalion stationed in Yongsan, South Korea.
While conducting Live Fire Exercises the vehicle experienced an accidental rollover that claimed his life.

James graduated from Littlefork-Big Falls High School in 2005. He played football, basketball, and baseball. He was a beloved student and

After graduation, he joined the Air National Guard out of Duluth, MN as a Security Forces officer. After 3 years, he made the transition to
active duty Army. That is where he made his family. His official job title was Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic. He was stationed at Fort Bliss Texas
where he served two combat tours to Afghanistan. Upon return, he was stationed at Fort Huachuca Arizona. From there he was deployed to
South Korea. He was currently on his 2nd consecutive tour of service in South Korea.

The outpouring of support and messages from James’ current and past Soldiers, Leaders, Friends and softball teammates is a testament to the
man he was and will be remembered as. He was the type of person that would give the literal shirt off his back if you were in need. He was
an avid Softball player, fierce competitor who also helped organize Toy for Tots and Breast Cancer Awareness Tournaments to benefit his local

He is preceded in death by both maternal and paternal grandparents, nephew Dalton, Uncle Mike Burger, Aunt Mitzie Burger, and Uncle Steve Burger.

He is survived by his daughter Jaelyn, his parents Mary Kay and TR Wento, his loving sister Katy Wento, Aunt Joan (Dennis) Peka, Uncle Marty (Char) Burger, Uncle Jim Burger, Aunt Janet Burger, Aunt Jeanne Burger, Uncle Danny Burger, Aunt Carol Mannausau, Aunt Robin (Rick) Tilander, Aunt Laurie (Jeff) Lightfoot, Aunt Kay Wento, and numerous cousins

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Funeral Mass
January 25, 2021

10:30 AM
St. Anne s Catholic Church (Kolden Funeral Home, Snelling National Cemetery)


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