Well we have to start somewhere, and this is the one thing a son or daughter never wants to do, so here is our dad's obituary:
Hershel Warren Kent, most of you knew him as Warney, was born Sept. 27, 1948, and passed away June 18, 2021.
Both events took place at Mt. Carmel Hospital in Colville. Dad's parents were Hershel and Vedola (Johnson) Kent. He was raised in Boyds and was a 12-year senior at Kettle Falls High School.
Most of dad's career was spent working in local sawmills and he finally retired from Vaagen's in 2018.
When dad was asked how his retirement was going he replied, "I am doing NOTHING and it turns out I am pretty good at it!"
Here is where dad's life got a little crazy (stick with us now): Early on, dad married Nancy Mellon and had two children Gary and Jeanie Kent.
Dad's marriage to Nancy ended in divorce.
Dad later married the love of his life, Nancy Batt (yes, dad liked to keep things simple so the second wife with the same first name seemed reasonable at the time), which added two kids Stacey (Stella) and Donnie (Zeke) to the mix.
Dad and Nancy were married about three years when, sadly, she passed away, which left dad with four teenagers in the home between the ages of 14 and 17.
Dad was then introduced to Leila (Deaver) Reeser and they were married, adding Leila's five kids (Dennis, Debbie, Tammy, Nicki and Jason) to his four, which - if the math is correct - he made him the proud dad of NINE kids.
Dad loved the simple life and, with nine kids, life was never simple ... but it was good!
Dad has been limited by poor health for years; however, his favorite time was fishing on the Columbia with his best friend, Dean Wilcox (aka The Weasel), and son, Gary.
It was quite a tactile maneuver to get dad into and out of the fishing boat, but somehow they all made it work!
Dad is survived by son ,Gary (Devan); daughter, Jeanie; son, Zeke (Julie); daughter, Stella(Loren); son, Dennis (Sherae); daughter, Tammy (Neil); daughter, Nicki; and son, Jason (Sabrina).
He is also survived at last count by 19 grandkids and 26 great grandkids! Oh and let's not forget the aforementioned Weasel!
Dad suffered the loss of many loved ones during his life, including his mother and father; sister, Barbie Brown; wife, Nancy; wife, Leila; stepdaughter, Debbie; and granddaughter, Heather.
Despite his physical limitations and so many losses, dad always kept a positive attitude and maintained his AMAZING sense of humor, which is truly a part of his legacy to us kids.
A very casual memorial service was held for dad at the Kettle River Grange, on July 10. People brought stories to share that comforted our family.
For those of you who had the privilege of knowing our dad he really was an amazing man wasn't he? For those of you who didn't know our dad, thank you for taking the time to read this and just know we lost one of the great ones!
Published by The Statesman Examiner from Jul. 14 to Jul. 15, 2021.