James P. Tentinger, 66 of Remsen passed away Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016 at Floyd Valley Hospital in LeMars, IA, after a 3 year courageous battle with cancer.
Memorial Mass will be 10:30 am Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen with Rev. William McCarthy officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Remsen. Visitation with family present will be 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, there will be a parish rosary at 5p.m., immediately followed by a vigil prayer service all at Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.
Jim was born December 14, 1950 in LeMars, IA, the son of Roman and Lucille (Henke) Tentinger. Jim was raised and educated in the Remsen area. Immediately following St. Mary’s high school graduation in 1969, Jim joined the Iowa Air National Guard in Sioux City.
On April 8, 1972 Jim married Sharon Pottebaum at Remsen. The couple made their home on the Tentinger Century farm Southwest of Remsen and took over his father’s dairy business which became Ten-Ayr Dairy.
Jim was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Catholic Order of Foresters. Jim has been on the Ayrshire Breeders Association board since 2008 and was presently serving as the President. Currently he was a board member of the state and corporate Midwest Dairy Association. He is also a board member of the Iowa State Dairy Association, The Cherokee County Rural Water Association, and past board member of the Plymouth County Farm Bureau. Jim is a member of the Dairy Farmers Association, Western Iowa Dairy Association and the Iowa Cattle Association. Jim received the Ralph Keeling Award for his contribution to the benefit and progress of Iowa’s dairy industry in 2015.
Jim enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren by experiencing life on the farm, showing cows at the fair and working the land.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Sharon; two sons, Travis (Kelly) Tentinger of Remsen and Craig (Ann Marie) Tentinger of Wayne, Nebraska; seven grandchildren, Samantha, Hunter, Torey, Tiara, Araya, Merekye, Bryndilin and another grandchild next April. One brother, Bill (Joanie) Tentinger of LeMars, IA, four sisters, JoAnn (Joe) Block of LeMars, IA, Carol (Dave) Carey of Cherokee, IA, Anita (Jiggs) Jorgensen Spencer, IA and Donna (Tim) Kelley of Remsen, IA. Brother-in-law Wayne (Maureen) Pottebaum of Alton, IA, two sisters-in-law, Karen (Gary) Konz of LeMars, IA and Jean (Ken) Ehrp of Sioux Center, IA. Numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his parents, Roman and Lucille, his in-law’s, Bernard and Esther Pottebaum.
In Lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Hope Angels in Remsen