Kent Thomas Popken
1943 - 2021
BORN
1943
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
John A. Gentleman Mortuaries - Pacific Street Chapel
14151 Pacific Street
Omaha, NE
Popken, Kent Thomas

October 27, 1943 - July 14, 2021

Lovingly known as "Papa" to many, he pased away on July 14, 2021 at his daughter, Buffy's house after a long fight with cancer. He is preceded in death by his mother, Blanche Popken and cousins, Kay and Gil Bridges. He is survived by his daughters, Tiffany (Alastair) Boyd and Buffy (Sean) Centeno, both of Omaha; grandchildren, Gage, Cole, Tanner, Mia and Noah; sister, Jane Teten; nephews, Steven and Ryan (John Carl).

Kent was born in Fremont, NE. on October 27, 1943 to Blanche and Herman Popken. He attended Scribner Public Schools. He graduated from UNL with a Business Degree and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. Kent worked for the "phone company" for 40 years. He enjoyed golf, biking, working out, sports and hunting. His greatest happiness were his grandkids, taking them on vacations around the world. They were his pride and joy and went to all their activities, soccer, dance, football, baseball, wrestling, basketball and track.

VISITATION: Sunday, July 18, beginning at 5pm at the Pacific Street Chapel with a MEMORIAL SERVICE at 7pm. Memorials to PAN CAN (Pancreatic Cancer Action Network).

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Published by Omaha World-Herald on Jul. 16, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Jul
18
Visitation
5:00p.m.
John A. Gentleman Mortuaries - Pacific Street Chapel
14151 Pacific Street, Omaha, NE
Jul
18
Memorial service
7:00p.m.
John A. Gentleman Mortuaries - Pacific Street Chapel
14151 Pacific Street, Omaha, NE
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I am so sorry to hear of Kent's passing. I remember him as one of my first bosses at Northwestern Bell when I was working part-time during summer breaks from college. He was very kind to me, and my father, Wallace Agee, thought highly of him and considered him a good friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Shawnie (Agee) Higgins
July 21, 2021
Very sad to hear of Kent's passing. I have many great memories of our friendship through junior high and high school. We were teammates on both baseball and basketball teams during those years as well as close friends. Kent was the absolutely best catcher a pitcher ever had. He mad me look better than I was. I have and will always treasure those memories of Kent. Best wishes for healing to Kent's family and friends. May his soul rest in peace.
john ehlers
Friend
July 17, 2021
I really enjoyed working with Kent. He kept himself well informed on the important issues that helped grow Nebraska´s economy. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Barry Kennedy
Barry L Kennedy
Work
July 16, 2021
Our deepest sympathy to Buffy and Tiffany and all of Kent's family. He was a longtime friend and will be missed. May his memory be for a blessing.
Paul G Cohen
Friend
July 16, 2021
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