In Memoriam : Bobby Kent

Bobby Kent Bobby Lee Kent - age: 74
(October 28, 1943 to September 30, 2018 )
Resident of Whittington, Illinois

Visitation Information:
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Leffler Funeral Home
401 East Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812

2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Leffler Funeral Home
401 East Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812

Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery
12740 Oddfellow Lane
Benton, Illinois 62812 Block: AA

Bobby Lee Kent, age 74, of Whittington, passed away at 8:26 p.m. Sunday, September 30, 2018 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. Harol Whitlock officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Mr. Kent was born on October 28, 1943 in Benton, IL, the son of Vernie L. Kent and Florine R. (Vaughn) Kent. He married the former Helen L. Christian on June 5, 1965, and she survives.

He honorably served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps.

Bobby was a former Transportation service and maintenance worker with ABEX. He was the former president of the U.S. Steel Workers Local #7234.

He was a member of the West City Church of God.

Bobby enjoyed gardening, especially growing vegetables and flowers. He also enjoyed attending and worshipping with his church family.

Survivors include, his loving wife of 53 years, Helen L. Kent of Whittington; a daughter Beverly S. Batres and husband Julio of Crown Point, IN; two granddaughters: Samantha and Nicole Batres, both of Crown Point, IN; three sisters: Merita Weiser of Syracuse, IN, Mary Little of Lake Station, IN, Sarah Dhall of Canton, MI; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Kent was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers: Jessie Kent, Allen Kent, and Keith Kent.

Memorial contributions may be made to West City Church of God and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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Karen Kent - October 2, 2018Contact this person Contact this person
Helen and Bev and family, I am so very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a wonderful "salt of the earth" dependable honest man whom I loved and respected deeply. As well, he loved and cherished you both and all of the family. Even though we understand he is with our Heavenly Father and reunited with his beloved mom, dad and brothers, I know he will be missed terribly. I will continue to keep you all in my daily prayers and send my love, strength and encouragement to all of you.

Merita Wieser - October 4, 2018Contact this person Contact this person
A lot of good memories. I will miss him very much. I remember when abex had a strike I was 14 then and he took me to the plant to serve coffee and donuts there before I went to school. he was there when I graduated from junior high school with mom and when I graduated from medical school with mom too. he and Helen took me on a train ride on the I C to Chicago, and lots more.

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