Donald Dean Kent

March 8, 1931 - November 24, 2021

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Donald D. Kent, 90, of Urbana, Ohio passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

Don was born March 8, 1931 in Mingo, Ohio the son of the late Roy and Hazel (Hildreth) Kent. He graduated from North Lewisburg High School in 1949 where he participated in FFA. During the state competition that year, he awarded the State FFA Farmer. Don was a farmer, retired from International Harvester and for over 30 years, he auctioneered estate sales in the greater Champaign County area. He was active and lived independently to the end.

Don is survived by his son, Dwight (Deborah) Kent; special friend, Joan Zerkle; grandchildren, Kyle (Jackie) Kent and Michael (Alison) Kent; step grandchildren, Matthew (Ashley) Tobin, Luke (Courtney) Tobin, Michael (Kristin) Tobin; great grandchildren, Lily Kent and A.J. Kent; step great grandchildren, Weston Tobin, Raegan Tobin, Claire Tobin, Thomas Tobin, Blake Tobin and Nora Tobin and nephew, Richard (Janice) Kent.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 53 years, Shirley Elleman Kent; brother, Lelan (Ruth Hall) Kent and sister, Maxine (Marvin) Snider.

Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105, Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 16810, Columbus OH 43216-6810 or to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements entrusted to VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana, Ohio.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


Thomas Eugene Elleman - Dec 12, 2021
The first memory I have of Don is Shirley standing on the stairs to give him a kiss. The second memory is Don giving me a ride and letting me drive his black Kaiser new car. I don't think Don and I ever had any cross words or disagreements ever.
Peggyphillips - Dec 4, 2021
Sorry for your loss 🙏
Darlene Carson - Nov 29, 2021
Michael, I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Standing in strength and positive thoughts with you as you celebrate his life and memory.
Jerry L. Metz - Nov 28, 2021
Don was one of a kind. I also live in Bon Air Condominiums. If Don was out, I couldn't miss stopping and chatting with him, or he would stop at my place. He was generous, helpful, and always left me with a smile. I'm thankful that our paths crossed. I'm sorry for your loss, I know He will be missed, but I'm just as sure his heart has won him one of the rooms that Jesus has prepared.
Rhonda Rose and Rosie - Nov 27, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Rosie and I enjoyed talking with Don on our daily walks. Rosie was always excited to get her treat from him. He was a good friend and neighbor. We will miss him.
Ron and Judy Saylor - Nov 27, 2021
It is with great sadness that we learned of Don’s passing. He was a kind man and a good neighbor. We enjoyed all the times we talked with him and the stories he would tell. May he rest in eternal peace.
Richard & Fran Jewell - Nov 26, 2021
Condolences to the entire Kent family, may he Rest In Peace. He was always the perfect gentleman
Jayne Bahan Leiter - Nov 26, 2021
My condolences to the family. I hadn’t seen Don for some time but we shared telephone conversations over the years. He was a good friend to my brother. His family and my family were great friends. He always looked so “spiffy”.Thoughts and prayers.

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