MADISON- A. James Kentzler, age 81, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2013. He was born on March 7, 1932, the son of Paul R. Kentzler and Gertrude D. Dukert.
Jim graduated from West High School in 1950 and continued on to the University of Wisconsin. There he enjoyed theater activities, lettered in fencing and graduated with a B.S. in Speech in 1954. After college he served in the Army Signal Corp in Frankfurt, Germany and was discharged in 1956 with the rank of First Lieutenant.
He met Claire "Pinky" Prothero of Baraboo while working at the Green Ram Theater and the two were married in 1961.
Jim worked as a news photographer at WKOW-TV, at Cuna in the public relations department, as the Business Manager at the Green Ram Theater from 1957 through 1967, and as the Business Manager at the Wisconsin Union Theater and the Wisconsin Players. During his career as a flight instructor, he towed the glider plane of Nobel Prize winner, Oliver Smithies, before retiring in 1983.
Jim loved the theater, photography, wood working, flying and his cat, Orion. He has ratings of instrument, commercial and instructor in single engine land aircraft.
After his stroke in 2010, Jim spent his remaining years at Clare Bridge in Middleton.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Pinky, in 1976.
Jim's final wish was to be cremated and "buried" near his dad's tombstone in Madison.
A memorial gathering will be held from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, 2013, at JOYCE-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 5701 Odana Road. A military honors ceremony will follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral home.
A special thanks is extended to the staff at Clare Bridge for making Jim feel at home there.
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