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James Pentico, 77 of Sioux Falls, died Friday, September 13, 3013 at the V.A. Regional Medical Center in Sioux Falls with his family at his side.
James Karl Pentico, son of Samuel and Dorothy (Thielke) Pentico, was born April 11, 1936 at Park City, Utah. He was raised and educated in that area, graduating from Grand Junction High School.
In 1954, he enlisted in military service and served in the US Navy aboard the USS Midway. He received his honorable discharge in 1958. That same year, he married Denise Winters. They had two sons, Joseph and Christopher.
Jim attended Southern Colorado State College where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in 1964. He continued his education at Sam Houston State College in Huntsville, TX where he earned his Master's Degree.
Jim moved to Sioux Falls in 1973 where he taught Criminal Justice at Augustana College and Sioux Falls College until 1987. He also practiced as a private polygraph examiner from 1978 to 1995. Following which, he served as a bailiff for many years.
Jim was a member of Alpha Kappa Lamda Criminal Justice Fraternity, one of the co-founders of the BMW Autobahn Society, BMW National Motorcycle Owners Group, American Legion Post #15, was a 52 year member of the Masons where he was active in Minnehaha Lodge #5 A.F. & A.M. and in 2001, joined El Riad Shrine as an active clown known as "Doc Ho Ho". In 2002, he received the "Hal of a Clown Award" from the Shrine. "Doc Ho Ho" filled the prescription of laughter and happiness to many children and adults alike. From 1986 to 1988, he was Santa Claus in the window of the Shriver's Building and rode in the Christmas Parade each year.
On August 29, 1986, he was united in marriage with Jeanne DuBose at McKennan Park in Sioux Falls. He enjoyed motorcycling with his BMW friends all over the country as well as Mexico. He had a friend that he picked up in Oklahoma City for seven years and always returned in time for the next school year. They enjoyed snowbirding to Naples, FL during the winter months, beginning in 2008. They enjoyed this until Jim's health declined, at which time, they lived permanently in Sioux Falls from that point on.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Jeanne, of Sioux Falls, SD; three sons, Joseph Pentico of Denver, CO; Christopher Pentico and his wife, Leann, of Denver, CO, Patrick DuBose of Sioux Falls, SD; two daughters, Danielle Armstrong of Naples, FL, and Rochelle Olson, of Sioux Falls, SD; 9 grandchildren, Audra Pentico, Jonathan Pentico, Sean Everett, Kyle Everett, Baylee Pentico, Lynda Pentico, Hallee Pentico, J.C. Pentico and Ashley Armstrong; and one great grandchild, Ryder Pentico.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Martha Davee; and a niece, Mary Davee.
The family will be present from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Monday with a public Masonic Service beginning at 7:00 pm at Miller Funeral Home, Main Avenue location.
The family requests that memorials be directed to the El Riad Shrine, or to American Legion Post #15.
Published in The Argus Leader on Sept. 15, 2013