James “Jim” A. Korynta

James Anthony Korynta Sr. of St. Louis, MO passed away September 15, 2021, at the age of 83.  Jim was born 02 February 1938 in Oslo, MN. The son of Anton F and Lucy [(Szykowny) Nice] Korynta. He grew up on a farm in Ardoch TWP Walsh County, ND.

He graduated from Minto High School, Minto, ND in 1956 and worked for John C Bebe Construction Co. on Grand Forks AFB, ND. In Nov. 1956, he joined the U.S. Air Force.

After his discharge in 1960, Jim joined the Air Force Reserve and worked for the city of Dallas, TX and Southwestern Bell. He was recalled to active duty during the Cuban Crisis and went on to complete five more years in the Air Force. Upon the second discharge, Jim went to work for Ramirez Enterprises and then Western Union for 23 years at which time AT&T bought the easy link services business UNIT. He worked for AT&T for almost 10 years until retiring in Nov. 2000.

His 27 ½ years total military service included the North Dakota National Guard, Air Force Reserve, Oklahoma and Missouri Air National Guard, and 9 years regular Air Force, retiring from the reserves in 1998.

He married Mai-lin Lee 13 July 1974.

Jim is survived by his loving wife Mai-Lin, son James A. Jr. and daughters Debra Jean (Stewart) Denison and Elena Lucy (Thomas) Kohler, grandchildren Jesse Bonner, Maggie and Benjamin Kohler, brother Thomas (Barbara) Davie, FL, and many nephews, cousins, and friends.

Preceded in death by parents, brothers Norbert (Edith) and Marvin (Linda), sister Rosemary (Roy) Brown  Grand Forks, ND, and grandson Jimmy.

He was a member of American Legion Post 444, Knights of Columbus council 2951 and Bishop Wurm Assembly 2012, Catholic League, Air Force Association, AACS Alumni Assoc., NRA and American Air Museum GB, and an Honor Guard as well as Chaplain with American Legion and Knights of Columbus.

Jim was a wonderful man and devoted Catholic. He was always kind and generous. He loved to help people and was a very hard-working man. Jim had genuine love for everyone. He loved his home state of North Dakota and all his relatives and friends. He was proud of his military services. He enjoyed being an HONOR GUARD with the Knights of Columbus and American Legion, a position with which he had served at least over 1100 times. Jim had a wonderful sense of humor. He always enjoyed telling a little joke to whomever he met, which would always make the person laugh or smile.

Visitation will be held Sunday, September 26th from 4-7pm at Hutchens Funeral Home in Florissant, MO. On Monday, September 27th, a visitation from 11am-12pm will be held at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in St. Charles, MO with a Funeral Mass to follow at 12pm. Interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO at 2pm.

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