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Wendell Loy Kent

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Wendell Loy Kent Obituary
Wendell Loy Kent, 76, received his heavenly reward Friday, July 14, 2017 at Abilene Regional Medical Center surrounded by his family and loved ones. Wendell was devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, and farmer/rancher. Family visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at McCoy Funeral Home. A memorial celebration will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, July 17, 2017 at the Fourth & Elm Church of Christ, with Ben Mereness officiating. Graveside memorial will follow at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sweetwater led by Michael Harbour.
Wendell was born August 8, 1940 in Capitola, TX. His parents were Gerald E. Kent and Emma Lee Landers Kent of Capitola, TX. He attended grade school in Longworth. He moved to the Sweetwater schools in 7th grade and graduated from what was then Newman High School (now Sweetwater High School) in 1958. He continued his education at Texas Tech University in Lubbock studying Animal Husbandry and received a Master's of Science degree in Meat Science. He married Sydney Ann Edwards on March 26, 1961 at First Methodist Church in Sweetwater. After completing studies at Texas Tech, he and Sydney moved back to Sweetwater where he taught school for 2 years before becoming a full-time and life-long farmer/rancher in the Sweetwater area raising cotton, cattle, kids and grandkids. Wendell received the National Outstanding Young Farmer award in 1967. He loved God, his family, his cattle, stock shows and tilling the land. Most of his cattle had names and he treated them just as he did his own children with love, respect and discipline. Wendell was a life-long member of the Church of Christ, most of it at the Fourth & Elm congregation in Sweetwater where he served others as a Deacon, Elder, Bible class teacher, cook, mentor and friend. Wendell also served his community as a member of the Sweetwater School Board, Rotary International, Young Farmers of America, Nolan County Jr Livestock Show board, youth baseball coach and avid Sweetwater Mustang fan. Traveling was a passion for Wendell. If he wasn't pulling a cattle trailer to look for show cattle prospects or to the stock shows, he was pulling an RV to Colorado for family vacations. He and Sydney camped at Fun Valley for 36 consecutive years, interrupted only because of Sydney's failing health. After their retirement, Wendell and Sydney participated in Sojourner's, an RV based missions organization that sent teams out to all points of the US for a variety of charity works. Wendell was always the designated cook, which he loved. In 2006 they traveled to Swaziland in Africa to assist with development of the local Bible School program and to work with the farming program that sustained the local Christian school.
Wendell is survived by sons Kary Kent and wife Jennifer of Sweetwater, and Keith Kent and wife Keely of Levelland, Texas; daughters Karen Kent Hunt and husband Alfred Hunt of Sweetwater, and Kristi Kent Settje and husband Dean Settje of Raymond, Nebraska; sister Joyce Kent Faver and her husband Don Faver of Abilene. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren who knew him as Poppa: Kelsea Kent Moore, Kade Kent, Allison Hunt, Rachel Hunt, Michael Hunt, Zach Settje, Hannah Settje, Kenzee Kent, and Emma Klaire Kent. Survivors also include his grandson-in-law KJ Moore, 3 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sydney Ann Edwards Kent and his parents, Gerald E Kent and Emma Lee Kent. The family would like to thank his devoted caregivers and his close friends that spent time with him during his recent struggles.
Pallbearers will be sons-in-law Al Hunt and Dean Settje, and grandsons Zach Settje, Michael Hunt, Kade Kent, and KJ Moore. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Faver, Richard Spears, Jim and Marjorie Wilks, LeNelle Hodge and Tim Hall.
Memorials can be directed to the Missions Ministry at Fourth and Elm Church of Christ, PO Box 917, Sweetwater, TX 79556, or a .
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com.
Published in Sweetwater Reporter on July 17, 2017
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