Aug. 1, 1943-Feb. 7, 2014
Kent O. Curtiss, 70,
of Kent, Washington, passed away peacefully with loved ones by his side on February 7, 2014. Kent was born in Edmore, Michigan, August 1, 1943 to Glenn and Lucie Curtiss and lived his early life in Winn, Michigan.
As a young man, Kent enjoyed playing hockey with the Winn Rockets. He also played football and baseball at Shepherd High School and went on to play a year of college football at Central Michigan University. He graduated from CMU with a degree in Math and Physics.
Kent met Diana (Stricker from Laurel, Montana) while serving in the Air Force at Rapid City, South Dakota and they were married in 1967. Kent and Diana lived in Michigan where their daughter was born, then moved to Minnesota where their son was born. The family moved to Oklahoma before moving to Renton/Kent area where they have lived since 1978. Kent was a Computer Systems Analyst at Boeing until his retirement in 2000.
In 1963, Kent received his single engine private pilot license and began his lifelong passion for flying. In the 1970's he went on to earn his single engine commercial and flight instructor ratings and in the 1980's his instrument rating. Wherever he lived, he became a member of an airplane partnership. His family and friends enjoyed many cross country adventures with Kent. Highlights included his flights to Cayman Islands, Alaska and Oshkosh with close pilot friends. His skill was admired.
Kent enjoyed flying, genealogy, family vacations to Florida, Michigan and Montana, providing tours for visiting family, sports, debating politics and telling stories. Kent is survived by his wife, Diana; daughter, Julie Johnas (Craig); grandson, Jayden Johnas; son, Steven (Elizabeth); granddaughter, Reina; and step-granddaughter, Isabelle.
He is preceded in death by his brother, Thomas.
Kent is survived by his sister, Mary Ruth Williamson; and brother, Leland (Harriet).
He had a generous spirit, kind nature and huge heart. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
A Memorial Celebrating Kent's Life will be held March 1, 2014, 2 p.m. at Edline-Yahn Covington Funeral Chapel, 27221 156th Ave SE, Kent, WA 98042.
Kent will be interred at Tahoma National Cemetery at a later date with a Private Family Gathering.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Angel Flight West https://afids.angelflightwest.org/donation/donationEntry
or Seattle Cancer Care Alliance https://secure.seattlecca.org/.