Longtime Burlington resident Kenneth Raymond Harrel (Kent) passed away Friday, March 15, 2013.
Kent was born May 10, 1936 in Pratt, Kan. His parents were Kenneth and Margaret (Gebhart) Harrel.
The oldest of three children, Kent grew up on the family farm. He spent his summers playing with his cousin, and they seemed to find lots of trouble.
Kent attended school at Preston, Kan., where he played football.
He graduated from Preston High School in 1954. In the summer of 1954, Kent moved with his family to the Burlington area where the family had bought farm land.
On Oct. 27, 1957, Kent married Jolena Devenport. They were blessed with four children, Cyndy, Rick, Tim and Brenda.
Kent and Jolena lived on a farm, where they raised their family. He has always raised wheat. He ran a feedlot for cattle, and then later bred and raised pigs.
Kent enjoyed spending time with his cousins and going to many auctions.
He enjoyed farming, working on his machinery, and he never ran into anything he couldn't fix.
Kent enjoyed the company of all; family, friends and never met a stranger and will be missed by all.
Kent is survived by his wife Jolena Harrel of Burlington, his children Cyndy McCaffrey of Burlington, Rick and Rena Harrel of Lapel, Ind., Tim Harrel of Grand Junction and Brenda Harrel of Burlington, brother John and MaryAnn Harrel of Bethune, sister Judy and Terry Buol of Norfolk, Neb. and seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Kent was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Margaret Harrel.
The memorial service will be held Saturday, March 23, 2013, 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church, 1564 Senter Ave., Burlington, with the Rev. Dennis Cherrington officiating with inurnment to follow at Fairview Cemetery, Burlington.
The family has asked that any memorials be sent to the First Christian Church, 1564 Senter Ave., Burlington CO 80807 or may be dropped off at Brown & Latimer Funeral Home
Brown & Latimer Funeral Home has been entrusted with Kent's services and friends may visit Brownfuneraldirectors.com and leave a condolence for the family.
Published in The Burlington Record on Mar. 21, 2013