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Celebration of Life

Kansas Veterans Cemetery at Ft. Riley
Saturday September 29th, 2018

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James E. Wendlandt


It is with broken hearts that the family of Jim Wendlandt announces his passing. Jim left this earth to the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ, September 17th, 2018 at 1:47 pm, at the age of 79. 

Jim was surrounded by his family as they sent him to see all those that preceded him. Mother, Leona. Father, Jack. Brother, Anthony. Laura's son Lance Lancaster and many other family and friends. His legacy of Faith, Love and Family will continue through all those he left behind. Wife, Laura of Manhattan, KS. Jim's children, Julia (Sarah), Matthew (Heather) and children Emily and Ty, Leah Beth (Lance Lowry) and children Wyatt and Ava, all of Kansas City. Laura's daughters Lisa Lawton, her children Brianna (Joe) and great-granddaughter Olivia, Craig, and great-grandchildren Navaeh, Isabelle and Ronan, and Patrick. Lashelle (Norm Francis) and children Trey and Garrett, all of Manhattan. Sister Barbara (Dennis Deines) of Wichita. Jim is also greatly remembered by many aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Jim's life will be at his childhood church, and his family invites you to join them, September 29th at 10:30 am. St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Herington, KS. In lieu of flowers, if you so desire, please contribute to any of the following: Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan, First Lutheran Church in Manhattan and St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Herington, KS.

Jim and his family spent most of their lives in Herington, and he found a lifelong career as a Shoe Man, both in Herington and in his move with Laura to Manhattan. Jim also had a strong passion for sports and coached many kids growing up in Herington. In retirement in Manhattan, he filled his spare time going to his grandkids games and cheer competitions and working at True Value Hardware. He loved biking, walking and going to church. His happiest of times, outside of being with his family, was working in his yard and making things beautiful.

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I worked for Jim throughout my college years at JC Penny. He was one of a kind for sure. I still consider him one of my most influential bosses. He helped teach me the value of hard work and how to be direct as a boss I use things I learned from Jim still today. I am so sorry for your loss.

Mark Mattox Nov 4 2018 12:00 AM

I worked for Jim at JCPenney years ago and have always remembered him fondly. He was a hard worker and an honest and kind man.
My heart goes out to his whole family!

Kindra Hamlin Oct 1 2018 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).

Marty Sep 29 2018 12:00 AM

I will always remember Jim as a genuine and caring person. He will always be one of my favorite people I worked with at JCP. My sympathies to Laura and the rest of his family.

Mary Oborny Sep 27 2018 12:00 AM

I will always remember Ji, as happy, energetic, and witty! He was a great man! I'm so sorry! I'm sure he is enjoying exploring the wonders of Heaven! Prayers for all of you!
Bev Hastings

Bev Hastings Sep 26 2018 12:00 AM

Jimmy was a big part of my childhood in so many ways, from neighbors across the street to coaching me, Matt, and our friends in sports. I'll always specifically remember Jim & Rod coaching our little league baseball team and the great summer memories those will always bring to me. I love you, Jimmy, and you'll be missed by many.

Your buddy,

Bill Blasing Sep 26 2018 12:00 AM

I have so many wonderful memories of my beautiful mother, Joyce Herbel, taking me and my siblings downtown in Herington to pick out shoes with Mr. Jim. What a wonderful man and father that he was. Heaven surely gained an angel.

Jeannie Jo (Herbel) Caselman Sep 25 2018 12:00 AM

Just recently I noticed It had been awhile since I had seen Jimmy out running and I wonder if how he was doing. I met Jim when I came to Herington in the late 1960's. He sold me shoes for my boys at the shoe store in Herington and I bought shoes from him when he moved to Manhattan. One day he greeted us at True Value. He treated everyone like a long lost personal friend. Our paths seemed to continually cross. I am sure Heaven is rejoicing and there is quite a reunion party going on up there. He will be missed. It is a privilege to have know this man.

LynnSalsbury Sep 21 2018 12:00 AM

Our sincere sympathy to all of Jim's family. Lots of great memories!!

Gail and Carol Burns Sep 21 2018 12:00 AM