James Kenneth Bednarz, 61, planned to see a movie with his wife, Ellen, on Thursday Sept. 27, 2018, but instead passed away at his home in Wells, Kansas. James was born in Chicago, Oct. 25, 1956 to Elaine (Kochanny) Bednarz. He grew up in Chicago, Puerto Rico, and Salina before following his father Edward Bednarz into the armed services.
The Army led James to Massachusetts and Louisiana, where LDS missionaries reached him. He became a missionary himself to Calgary, Canada. He met his beloved wife, Ellen in Logan, Utah in 1980. They raised three sons, Michael Frank, Phillip, and Steven James in Salt Lake City until 2016. The family also lived for a time in Wilson, Kan., and Bartlesville, Okla. James loved visiting the woods of Wisconsin. He was a natural friend and storyteller.
He is survived by: his mother, Elaine; wife, Ellen; and sons, Frank and Steven.
James was preceded in death by: his father; both of his brothers, Edward Joseph and Jeffrey; and last year by his son, Phillip.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salina.
Ryan Mortuary, Salina, is handling arrangements. Online condolences: www.ryanmortuary.com.