Eugene M. Kent Jr. 86, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away peacefully at his home July 17, 2011.
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Gene was the loving husband to Bette Jean Arnold Kent, they had recently celebrated their 62nd Wedding Anniversary.
Gene is also survived by his daughter Mary Kent Dauer of St. Louis, Mo.; Granddaughter Jillian and husband Chris Hartman; Grandson Gabriel Dauer both of Los Angeles, Ca.; sister Dorothy Cook and husband Lloyd of Boonville, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.
Gene was born July 13, 1925 the son of Eugene M. Kent Sr. and Clele Whitehead Kent in Mexico, Mo. Gene graduated from Boonville High School in 1943.
He is a WWII veteran and served on the U.S.S. Secat submarine. Gene later graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in horticulture. He was a merchant and later retired from the Clay County Health Department. After retirement, Gene had several hobbies. He loved gardening, oil painting, wood carving and turning bowls on the lathe.
Gene was an active member of the Excelsior Springs United Methodist Church, and several community organizations, Chamber of Commerce, American Legion, V.F.W., Lions Club, Elks Club and Muddy Mo. Sub Vets.
Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday July 23, 2011 with visitation 10:00 to 11:30 prior to the service at Excelsior Springs United Methodist Church. Burial following in Hillcrest Cemetery Excelsior Springs, Mo. The family suggests memorial contributions to Liberty Hospital Hospice or the Excelsior Springs United Methodist Church.
Published in Boonville Daily News from July 19 to July 26, 2011