John Henry KentOctober 19, 1924 ~ January 11, 2018 (age 93)
John Henry Kent, 93, of Mt. Vernon, walked into the loving arms of his Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, on January 11, 2018 at Mount Vernon Countryside Manor. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend.
John was born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, to Henry and Martha (Arnold) Kent on October 19, 1924. He married the love of his life, L. Joan (Moss) Kent, in Mt. Vernon on April 24, 1948. He was a retired Dairy Farmer and a member of First Baptist Church of Mt. Vernon from 1950 until his death.
A Visitation will be held Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Services and a celebration of his life will follow at 1:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Greg Alvis and Doctor Ryan Burge officiating followed by full military honors. Burial will be held at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens.
John leaves loving memories to be cherished by those who love him so, daughters Pamela Dodson and husband Monty and Lisa Hayse and husband Ken, all of Mt. Vernon; granddaughters, Bhree (Dodson) Barrett and husband William, Nicole (Kent) Miller and husband Dustin, Kaitlyn (Hayse) Gatimu and husband Francois, and McKayla Hayse; grandsons, Andrew Dodson and wife Michelle, Aaron Kent, and Braden Hayse and wife Alexandria; great-granddaughter, Elanor Hayse; great-grandsons, Marcus and Elijah Gatimu; a sister, Louise Carpenter of Cheraw, South Carolina and a brother, Robert Kent, of Mt. Vernon; a sister-in-law, Sue Henn and husband, Martin of Fort Worth, Texas; special nephew, David Kent and wife Cathy, and several other nieces and nephews.
John was drafted into the Marines Air Force in 1943, at the age of 18. He worked on Corsair Fighters with Air Base Group-2 at the San Diego Naval Station and Marines Corps Air Station El Toro during World War II. He was honorably discharged as a Corporal on April 24, 1946.
John loved to use his beautiful, tenor voice to bless people and share the word of the Lord. He was a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and a choir member at First Baptist Church. He was a board member for Dodds Grade School and Mt. Vernon Township High School (1977-1980). John served as the District 12 Director for the Mid-America Dairymen for 22 years. He was active in many organizations throughout his life, and on September 20, 1996, he was recognized for 50 years of faithful service and membership as a Master Mason. In 1998, he was named Jefferson County Senior Saint. He was known for his beautiful annual Christmas light display, which was visited by many people.
John and his wife, Joan, were honored for 30 years as 4-H leaders in Jefferson County, and by the University of Illinois for 35 years of service to the 4-H Foundation. They conducted tours of Kent Farms for FFA high school classes and civic groups, and opened their home to exchange students from Sweden, Uruguay, Japan, and Holland, as well as, 4-H exchange students from Wisconsin, Ohio, and Iowa. On August 10, 2016, Kent Farms was recognized as a Centennial Farm by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
John has been reunited in Heaven with his parents and wife; son, Michael Kent and wife Debra; grandson, Monty Nevin Dodson; brother, Arnold Kent; brother-in-law, Hubert Carpenter; sister-in-law, Margaret Kent; and nephew, Terry Kent.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America at Mayo Clinic Research in Rochester, Minnesota and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home P.O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864.
“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16.11