Erwin (Erv) Jacob Kent born in Bozeman on April 1, 1934, to Emmett Kent and Margaret Schnider Kent. He passed away on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, in Helena.
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He was the first of six children and graduated from both Gallatin County High School and Montana State College. In 1957, he married Carol Theriault while in college.
After graduating from college in wildlife management, he went to work for what was then called the Montana Department of Fish and Game as a game warden. This position took him to Miles City, Fort Benton and then ultimately to Helena in 1962. After starting out as a game warden, he worked his way up until eventually retiring as Chief of Law Enforcement in 1994.
During retirement, he and Carol enjoyed traveling including trips to Hawaii, England and France. However, retirement didn't suit him, so he decided to go back to work, including stints at the Montana Department of Corrections, Department of Transportation and then to Military Affairs at Fort Harrison.
After his second retirement, he enjoyed spending time in Las Vegas, where his children lived. He also loved to fish and work in his garden.
After his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, Braxton and Jaedyn, moved to Helena, he was kept busy enjoying all of their activities. Loving every minute spent with them and their dog, Rex.
He is survived by his wife; his three children, Debra (Steve Rice), Scott and Rod (Kim); two grandchildren, Braxton and Jaedyn Kent; his sisters, Tootie Shaw and Claudia Kent; and brothers Don (Connie) and Skip (Mary Ann). He is also survived by sisters-in-law Veronica Connors and Helen Kent and brothers-in-law Julian Theriault and Ralph Davis, as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was proceeded in passing by his mother Margaret and father Emmett Kent; his brother, Bruce; nephews Irvie Kent, Jackson Kent and Kenny Davis; mother-in-law Minnie Theriault; sisters-in-law Ruth Davis and Barbara Jensen; and brothers-in-law Dennis Theriault, George Jensen and Larry Shaw.
A special thanks to Dr. Weiner and Dr. Grossman and their staff for such loving care given to Erv.
Per Erv's wishes, a private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 25, 2016