After struggling with leukemia and ongoing health complications for 20 years, on July 28th, 2022 James Mark Kuenneth passed away in his sleep at the age of 62.


James was born on June 2nd, 1960 to James Charles Kuenneth and Doris Mae Kuenneth in Mount Olive, Illinois. He was raised a Lutheran, and would be baptized and confirmed at Mount Olive’s local Immanuel Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church respectively.  James would attend Mount Olive High School and contribute to both their letter winning baseball and football teams, before graduating in 1978.


James then enlisted into the U.S. Navy on January 27th, 1981. He was stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii for 16 years where he would meet and fall for the love of his life, Lisa Nguyễn Dang. James would go on to marry her on June 23rd, 1994 and they would have their only child Jacob Nguyễn Kuenneth, born on March 17 1997.

After a 20 year career working on nuclear submarines as a nuclear technician, James retired from the Navy on March 31st 2001. He would then move to Southern California with his family where he would live a quiet, peaceful life until his passing.

A viewing will be held at England Family Mortuary, on Saturday, August 6, 2022 from 11:00am-1:00pm. A military performance will take place promptly at 11:30 during the viewing.


Poem: How Did They Live?

Not, how did they die, but how did they live?

Not, what did they gain, but what did they give?

These are the units to measure the worth

Of a person as a person, regardless of birth.


Not, what was their church, nor what was their creed?

But had they befriended those really in need?

Were they ever ready, with a word of good cheer,

To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?


Not, what did the sketch in the newspaper say,

But how many were sorry when they passed away?


Viewing: August 6, 2022 11:00 am - August 6, 2022 1:00 pm

England Family Mortuary
27135 Madison Avenue
Temecula, CA 92590

(951) 695-8555

Room: Military Honors Perform at 11:30am

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    • I was one of Jim’s teachers and his baseball coach. Jim was an outstanding ball player on a very winning team. Even better than that he was a better guy and I have great memories of him and his family. He will be missed by all who knew and love him. I did not get to see him much because he very seldom seem to come home but when he did and I got to talk to him it was like turning back the clock. Rest in Peace Jim

      • Hi Mr. Kratochvil … thanks for sharing such kind and thoughtful words. They are much appreciated. That 1978 team was so much fun to watch!

  1. Lisa and Jacob, I can’t say how sorry I am. Lost a Great Man and a Great Friend. Good Lord be with you and Jacob. Paul Schneider Family

  2. The church family of Immanuel Mt. Olive send our thoughts and prayers. Gid’s peace be with you.

  3. Grew up with Jim, and hew was always a very upstanding and outstanding person. My sympathy to all of his family.

    • Thanks Michele. I know Jim really appreciated having the chance to talk and visit with you the last time he was in Mt. Olive and we saw you up at Tilley’s

  4. Not only did I know Jim, we were first cousins. Jim was a great person that everyone liked. I will always have fond memories of our many family reunions and being classmates since kindergarten. We celebrated our high school graduation party together too. Many good times that I will treasure always. Rest In Peace, Jim.

    • Hi Michelle … Thanks for your post. I really enjoyed reading it and the fond memories it generated. The Monke family reunions were THE BEST.

  5. Lisa, Jacob, Jeff, Pam and families, I am so sorry for your loss. Any time that I spoke about him, he was known as Jimmy because that’s what we called our first cousin when we were kids. Jimmy was a quiet, and funny kid and knew how to make us laugh. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Jimmy is, when our high school band marched in the State Fair parade. When we got done from the parade, we got to change our clothes and had so much time to eat, ride rides, and run around the fairgrounds. On our way back to the bus, we met up with Jimmy and his buddies. We got on the bus and headed to the back sections. Jimmy had won a goldfish in one of those carnival games and one of the guys dared him to swallow the fish. He did and all of us girls started screaming 😱 Just a funny moment that I will always remember. Rest In Peace, Jimmy 💜🙏🏻

    • Hi Lynette. Thanks for sharing your kind words and memories of Jim, especially the goldfish story. I remember that. I might have this detail wrong or maybe the story grew on the bus ride home, but as I recall he came home with $13 more than he left with due to the proceeds of winning a bet related to swallowing that live goldfish.

  6. Pam, Jeff, Lisa and Jacob,
    We were saddened to hear about Jim’s passing. Those of us who grew up in Mt.Olive feel the loss of one of our own. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. May you feel God’s comfort and peace during this time.
    Linda and Sandy (Chasteen)

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