Mr. Robert W. Kentner, 86, of Country Meadows of Frederick, formerly of Lewes, Del., died Saturday, Nov. 29 at his home.
He was the husband of Maureen M. Kentner, his wife of 58 years.
Born Jan. 29, 1917, in Buffalo, N.Y., he was a son of the late Edward and Ella Gattle Kentner.
Mr. Kentner was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving 22 years and retiring as lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps. His military career began before World War II. During the war he was stationed at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Canacao, Philippines, serving as a pharmacist mate. When the Japanese invaded, he was held prisoner of war in Bilibid Prison for three and-a-half years.
While imprisoned he kept a secret journal of daily events connected with the POWs who entered and left Bilibid until liberation Feb. 5, 1945. His journal was used by the War Department to determine the location of military personnel who had died while under Japanese control.
In 1955, he joined CIBA Pharmaceutical Co., Washington, rising from sales representative to U.S. government sales manager. He dealt with the government and all branches of the military and also represented the pharmaceutical industry on Capitol Hill.
Upon his retirement in 1976, he had the time to pursue his passion for golf, which began in his early teens. Several highlights of his golfing career were playing golf with his four brothers, making 14 holes-in-one and enjoying a golf outing in 1997 at Augusta National with his son, Jeff.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Eileen K. Long and husband Richard T. of Frederick, Maryann E. McFee and husband Douglas of Lewes, and Jeffery W. Kentner and wife Pamela of Charlotte, N.C.; seven grandchildren, R. Thomas Long Jr. and wife Laura, Michael R. Long and wife Erin, Maureen McFee, Kara McFee, Megan McFee, Beth Kentner and Tracey Kentner; and two brothers, Edward Kentner and wife Jane of Vero Beach, Fla., and Martin Kentner and wife Jane of Tucson, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Richard Kentner.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. in the Community Chapel at Country Meadows, 5955 Quinn Orchard Road, Frederick, with the Rev. Dr. Michael Watson officiating.
Graveside services with full military honors will be held in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, at 1 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Frederick County, P.O. Box 1799, Frederick , Md. 21702.
Arrangements are by Stauffer Funeral Home, Frederick.
Published in The Frederick News-Post on Dec. 2, 2003.