Nov. 15, 1927 - Oct. 2, 2013
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MISHAWAKA - Richard W. Kent was born in Morgan County, Ohio, to Rupert and Helen (Maier) Kent. He was one of five children. From an early age he learned to work hard, treat others fairly, and love deeply. He married his wife, Carole (Swartz), on November 30, 1957, in Angola, IN. She survives along with a daughter, Kelly (Jim) Parcell of Bradenton, FL, Curt (Sherry) Kent of Mishawaka, IN; five grandchildren: Michael, Elizabeth, Jacob, Andy and Emily; four great-great-grandchildren; and his faithful dog, Rudy. He enlisted in the Army in 1945 and served his country for 9 years. He enjoyed taking adventurous assignments and served in many countries. He was honorably discharged as Master Sergeant. He spent the rest of his working years as a well driller of oil, gas and water. He was one of the original employees when Peerless Midwest opened in 1973 in Granger, IN. He served as field superintendent of the labor force and retired in 1988. After retirement he and Carole moved to Florida for 13 years where he was very active in their church, serving the elderly and visiting many shut-in members weekly. He also volunteered for the Aid Association for Lutherans. He was a master of Jig Saw puzzles and shared the puzzles with his friends. In 2006 they returned to Mishawaka. Always needing to stay busy, he got a job at Walmart after retirement, where he worked in the garden center and made many friends. He was a member of Osceola United Methodist Church. He is survived by his sisters: Virginia Trahan of Sulphur, LA, Corrine (Bill) Hartmeyer, Mary Christine (Gene) Watts, and a sister-in-law, Mary Kent, all of Zanesville, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents, and younger brother, James. His family would like to thank his angel, nurse Julie from The Center for Hospice for her kind and loving care. A memorial visitation will be held from 9-11 am on Saturday, October 5, 2013, in the Osceola United Methodist Church, 431 North Beech Road, Osceola, IN. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am at the same location. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at the Osceola United Methodist Church or to The Center for Hospice, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637. The Kaniewski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Oct. 4, 2013
Kaniewski Funeral Homes
3545 North Bendix Drive South Bend, IN 46628