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Obituary: William E. "Bill" Kent, Columbus

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William E. "Bill" Kent, 81, of Columbus, passed away at 11:15 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 2014, at Silver Oaks Health Campus. He was born July 10, 1932, in Martinsville, Indiana, the son of Ernest and Mary Ferguson Kent.

Bill graduated from Martinsville High School in 1951, then served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He moved to Columbus in 1966, retiring in 1988 after 30 years of service as a Western Southern Life Insurance Company agent and manager of the local office.

He had a kind heart and a giving soul which led him to Columbus Hardware, Lowe's, Rural King, driving a taxi, and working for MediCab and Ugly Duckling Limo service. He always had a smile on his face and willingness in his heart. It was not uncommon to find Bill lending a helping hand and being a Good Samaritan. He loved to make others smile or lift their load of care.

He was a past member of East Columbus United Methodist Church, a current member of Asbury United Methodist Church and a lifetime member of the American Legion where he had been active in the support of veterans. He was a devoted fan of IU sports, the Pacers, the Colts and the Cubs.

Bill married Lana Gose May 4, 1958, in Indianapolis, and was a devoted husband for 56 years.

Surviving with his wife are his children, Michael Kent of Columbus, Jeff Kent of Indianapolis and Deborah (Dennis) Becker of Cleveland, Tennessee; grandchildren, Jennifer Stuckey of Georgia, Meghan E. Kent of Columbus, Nick Ramsey of Indianapolis, and Nathan Ramsey of Brownsburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Costin Funeral Home in Martinsville, with the Rev. David Blystone officiating. Calling will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Myers-Reed Chapel on 25th Street, and from 1 p.m. until service time Friday at Costin Funeral Home. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Martinsville.

Online condolences may be sent to Bill’s family at

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wheeler Mission.

Bill will be greatly missed by many.

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