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Kenny Dent

July 31, 2019

Kenny Dent 67, died Friday, July 31, 2019 at Newton Medical Center.  He was born November 19, 1951 in Hutchinson, Kansas the son of Joyce (Koehn) and Gene Dent.


On June 18, 1983 he married Marla Sue Stevens at Newton, Kansas and she survives of the home.  Kenny was the owner operator of Dent Auto Body shop in Newton and Whitewater.  Kenny also worked as a assembler at AGCO in Hesston and in maintenance and repair at Harvey County West Park


Kenny lived a life of service to others.  He could always be found tinkering in his garage helping a family member, friend or neighbor repair cars, lawn equipment or almost anything brought over.  He never passed a stranger stranded on the hiway without stopping to help and make sure they were okay.  Several local race car drivers can thank Kenny for their paint jobs on their cars.  He enjoyed his time at 81 speedway and other raceways watching his friend’s race and meeting people.


Kenny could be found most often spending his spare time at West Lake in rural Harvey County where he enjoyed fishing from the Little Arkansas River.  Were sure he made many friends and connections with folks while fishing.


Of all of Kenny’s accomplishments, work and hobbies his favorite was being a family man. He loved to care for his wife, kids, grandkids and was a special uncle and friend.


He is survived by his Wife Marla of the home; Mother Joyce of Newton; Daughters: Heather Tacy of Newton and Kristi Dent of Hesston; Brothers Roger Dent of Tacoma, WA and Dean Dent of McPherson, KS; sisters Aimee Metzler, Melanie Hanna, Jodi Dent and Juli Siebert all of Newton, KS. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.


Kenny is preceded in death by his Father Eugene Dent and Brother Steven Dent.


Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Monday August 5, 2019 at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor David Brace presiding.  Visitation will be 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 2:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery Rural Halstead, Kansas.


Memorials may be made to Marla Dent for the Kenny Dent Memorial Fund in care of Petersen Funeral Home 215 North Main Newton, Kansas 67114

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4 thoughts on “Kenny Dent

  1. Sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing. Jerry considered him one of his best friends and always enjoyed working with him he also learned a lot from Kenny he will be missed we will be unable to make it to his funeral but we’ll be thinking of you and the family

  2. I’m so sorry, may your warm and loving memories of Kenny bring peace and comfort to your families.

  3. Thinking of you all. Always will hold a special place for Kenny and the beautiful work he did on my beloved 1969 Mustang years ago.

  4. Will miss Kenny, I worked with Kenny at agco for years sorry I can’t come to funeral since I am on vacation, will see you Marla went I get home.

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