Francis "Bud" KentAugust 17, 1928 ~ October 5, 2017 (age 89)
Francis Perry “Bud” Kent , age 89, from Spring Valley, Minnesota, passed away on October 5, 2017, in Sioux Falls, SD of natural causes. He was born at home near Webster City, IA, on August 17, 1928. As a young man he worked at various jobs in Iowa then enlisted in the Army at age 17, serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II and at Ft. Leavenworth Prison in Kansas. He married Leona Rentschler on November 17, 1950. After farming in Iowa and working in the iron mines of Babbitt, Minnesota, he and his family moved to Spring Valley and farmed in the area. After farming, he partnered in DX and Mobil service stations with Leonard and Leland Rentschler then moved into the Mobil Bulk Oil business. He started Valley Realty where he sold and built houses in the Spring Valley area and he also served for several years on the City Council. He retired and stayed in the Spring Valley area until moving to the Minnesota Veterans Home--Luverne in 2014.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Leona Kent, a brother Myron and close friend Connie Mull. He is survived by his children and family: Joan Bacon (David) of Sioux Falls SD, grandchildren Zachary and Christopher Bacon, and great grandchildren Kiley Wilken Evans, Zane, Zander, and Zaden Bacon; Jim Young-Kent (Kim) of Dike, IA, grandchildren Jake, Ben and Katie and great grandchildren Jasey, Carver, Darby, Reese, Kyan and Oliver; Dale Kent (Pam) of Hewitt, TX, and grandchildren Matthew and Nathan Kent. He is also survived by his sisters Nona Joy Sears, Jane Knoll and Kaye Page.
The funeral will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 12 at the Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley. The family will be present prior to the service. Military Honors will take place outside the Funeral Home after the service. There will not be a graveside service.
Memorials may be given to the Spring Valley VFW or to the MN Veterans Home--Luverne.
The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the employees of the MN Veterans Home--Luverne, the Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Medical Center of Sioux Falls, SD, and the Sanford USD Medical Center of Sioux Falls for the care and kindness they gave Francis the past few years.