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J. Kent Sheriff

October 15, 2019

J. Kent Sheriff 53, died on October 15, 2019, at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas, from complications following heart surgery. Born on January 9, 1966, in Hillsboro, Illinois, to parents John K. and Elsie M. (Bacon) Sheriff, Kent spent most of his life in North Newton and Newton, Kansas. He was a 1985 graduate of Newton High School and attended Bethel College from 1985-1990 majoring in Art, a creative interest he pursued throughout his life.  In 1990, Kent married Michelle (Cornelsen) Sheriff at Bethel College Mennonite Church and enjoyed the full embrace of her extended family. Employed by Bethel College for more than 20 years, Kent prized his roles and friendships within the Bethel community. Survivors include Kent’s spouse Michelle and their son Jarett; Kent’s parents John and Elsie; Kent’s sister Karen Sheriff LeVan, her spouse David LeVan, and their children Will and Brett LeVan; Michelle’s parents Ken and Connie Cornelsen; Michelle’s brother Rob Cornelsen and his partner Sarah Jane Jeffries; and beloved uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends who enriched his life. Memorial service at Bethel College Mennonite Church, October 21, 2019, 2:00 p.m. with reception following. Memorials may be sent to the Bethel College Maintenance Department or Bethel College Graphic Arts Program.

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20 thoughts on “J. Kent Sheriff

  1. I graduated high-school with Kent’s son, Jarett. I met him a few times through school and he was always a friendly man. My thoughts and prayers go out to my friend Jarett and the whole family.

  2. I am so very sorry for your loss. Know you are all in my prayers. I wish I could be there with you to celebrate Kent’s life. ❤️

  3. So sorry for your loss. We will be with you in spirit, during this time in your life. God bless all of you.

  4. Sadness of not being able to visit Kent very often in these last 13 years now multiplied so much. Always appreciated his contribution at Bethel.

  5. What a shock! You are in my thoughts and prayers. Kamala remembers fondly baby sitting for your kids.

  6. Praying for your family. We certainly can sympathize with your loss. We can understand the huge feelings of loss and you are all in our most sincere prayers!

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with Michelle & Jarett and the entire Sheriff family. We pray for your peace and that you can feel God’s presences all around you.
    Dave & Stacy Middleton

  8. I haven’t seen Kent since he was a young boy visiting his grandparents in Greenville. Sounds like he grew up to be a wonderful man with a great family, a great job, and a faith in God. How awesome is that!

  9. Praying for you all. I am so sorry this happened. I know he will be so missed. I always remember Kent as such a genuinely good soul. Kind hearted and loving. I am so glad I will see him again. That is the beauty of it all that can shine through the sorrow of loss. I pray you will all feel the touch of God’s hand on your shoulder. It’s there. Sending love.

  10. So shocked and saddened to learn of Kent’s death. Please know your grief is shared and that you are held in the hearts of friends and God now and always.

  11. We are so sorry for your loss Shelly. He was an awesome person and he will be missed by many.

  12. Uncle John, Aunt Elsie, Karen and family, Michelle and Jarett; I’ve thought so much of you and Kent this week. And still, I don’t know any words that can help. So I will just keep praying that God will hold you in His arms and comfort you. Love to you all.

  13. I have thought of all of you and Kent so much this week. I’m praying God will hold you in His arms and help you through. Love to you all.

  14. Sorry for the great loss. While I never knew John Kent. I was best friends with his dad while growing up. My sympathies are extended to all.

  15. I just read in the Bethel College Alumni Magazine, Winter 2019 of Kent’s passing. What a shock! And what a sad time for his family. My heart hurts for all. I remember Kent’s sweet smile and caring attitude the many years that I worked at BC. I am so sorry for your loss.

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