James B. Kent

January 20, 1945February 25, 2014

Lt. Col. James Byron Kent, USAF (Ret), age 69 of Beavercreek, passed away February 25, 2014 at his home following a lengthy illness. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Margarita (McDonald) Kent. Four children also survive him: James B. Kent II and wife Sheryl, Michael G. Kent, Michelle A. Kent and Jacqueline M. (Kent) Griffin and husband Ryan. Two brothers also survive him: Drs. Patrick D. Kent and wife Mary Ann and Michael J. Kent and wife Jana. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Noah, Grace, Zak, Lilia and Gavin Kent and Byron, Clara and Georgiana Griffin, as well as many nieces and nephews in the US, UK, Costa Rica and Panama’. James was born January 20, 1945 in Youngstown, OH to the late Byron F. and Catherine J. Kent. He joined the Naval Reserve while in high school and served in the US Air Force beginning during the Vietnam War and retiring after 24 years of service; he became the Director of Logistics at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base after serving at several bases in the US and abroad. He was a graduate of Steubenville College and a proud Kappa Alpha TEKE. He was a co-proprietor, with his father, of Lickhill Evergreens Christmas Tree Farm near Chillicothe, OH and of the Kent Development Group in Dayton’s South Park Neighborhood with his sons James and Michael. He was also a volunteer auditor at St. Luke Credit Union and an active Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus for more than forty years. Friends may call at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME-Beavercreek Chapel, 3970 Dayton-Xenia Rd. at Grange Hall on Friday evening, February 28 from 4-8 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Luke Catholic Church at 10 AM on Saturday, March 1, 2014 by Fr. Terry Schneider. Disposition will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kent Memorial Scholarship Fund in James’ memory at Carroll High School.


  • Visitation Friday, February 28, 2014
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, March 1, 2014

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March 3, 2014

We are so sorry to learn of Jim's passing. We both enjoyed the times we spent together, especially the wine tasting at our house. Jim will be missed by many. Our condolences to Mike, Noah, Grace and Lilia and all of the family. Jim and Barb Deis

Steven McCray

March 1, 2014

Mike, James, and the rest of the Family:

You are all in my thoughts this evening as I was not able to make it back for the funeral. Your Dad/Husband/Grandfather was a big part of our crew's formative years. I'll miss the humor and wisdom he delivered with perfect timing. I'll never forget the summer we spent together working for Mike. Great times with a great man. He will be missed.

March 1, 2014

Dear Maggie & family--We are so sorry for the loss of Jim. We were at the viewing but weren't able to give you a handshake or a hug. Blessings on all of you as you go forward in your lives without him. The Tobias Family

Linda Pearson

February 28, 2014

So sorry to learn about Jim's passing. We have enjoyed your entire family since we moved here, and have many good memories of house construction, classes at Sinclair, skiing, etc. Our best to you all at this time.

The Pearson family

February 28, 2014

To James and family - please accept our condolences. We are keeping you in our prayers.

The Hussong Family

Inma Kusnierek

February 28, 2014

Margarita and family, my deepest sympathy and condolence. Receive our prayers from all International Spouses Group.

Mary Koehl Washburn

February 28, 2014

Dear Noah, Grace and Lily~In lieu of flowers, at our Relay for Life on June 27th and 28th, at the HC Fairgrounds, I will buy three luminary's with yours name and your grandpa's name on it. They will be lit at dusk on Friday and burn for the reminder of the 18 hour event.
Peace be with all of you.

Aunt Mary, Jim, Megan and Matt

February 27, 2014

Our deepest condolences to James, Sheryl, and entire Kent family. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

The Gifford Family

MIchael Martin

February 26, 2014

My heartfelt sympathy goes to the entire Kent family. Jim was the head of a fine family and surrounded by many friends. He touched many lives in many ways. We will miss Jim but find him in his family.

Jack Glaser

February 26, 2014

My deepest sympathy and condolence to the Kent family and friends.

Eternal rest grant unto him O' Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen

Brother Knight of Columbus,

SK John (Jack) Glaser, PGK
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