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James "Jim" Edmund Kent

July 6th, 1939 - March 17th, 2024

James E. Kent, 84, of LaSalle, CO passed away on March 17, 2024 at home. 


James was born at home in Windsor, Colorado to Orrin and Martha Kent (Schaefer) on July 6, 1939.  As a child, his family farmed near Kersey.  James earned his pilot's license before receiving his driver’s license.  He graduated from Kersey High School in 1958.  James joined the Army in December of 1958 and was stationed in South Korea where he patrolled the DMZ in helicopters.  Upon discharge from the Army, he operated cranes for Hensel and Phelps, owned a gas station in LaSalle, Jim’s Sinclair Service, and then became a crop duster pilot and manager for Low Level.  In 1982, James started his own crop dusting business South Weld Ag. Inc. in Platteville, Colorado.  James was on the board for the Colorado Aerial Applicator Association and served for 23 years on the LaSalle Fire Protection District. After retirement, James mowed parks for the City of Greeley on the mower that was his pride and joy. 


Through the years, Jimmie was known for his dedication to the community and someone whom many admired and loved..  He traveled extensively with his wife and friends to 38 states and 3 provinces of Canada on his motorcycle and RV.  Jimmie was a great friend, husband, father and grandfather.  He was stubborn and ornery with a dry sense of humor and most importantly, a loving heart. A man of few words; his character spoke for itself.


James is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara Kent (Henneck) of Eaton, Colorado, daughter Tammie (Zeb) McKinney, daughter Jennifer (Jeff Kurtz) Kent and grandchildren:   Tia Kent, Amelia Stephenson, Race Stephenson, Lucy and Jonny James Kurtz.  He was preceded in death by grandson Christian James Stephenson, brother Loren Kent and parents Orrin and Martha Kent. 


Funeral services will be held at Adamsons Life Celebration Home at  2000 47th Ave, Greeley, CO on April 5th at 10am.  Inurnment to follow at Linn Grove Cemetery. 


Memorial contributions can be made to the Christian James Foundation, LaSalle Fire District or the LaSalle Community Church. 



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