Kent W. Gist

August 12, 1922August 19, 2012

Kent W. Gist, 90, of Fruitland, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family in his home Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 24th at the First United Methodist Church, 2nd and Nebraska, Fruitland. Following the service, graveside rites will be performed at Park View Cemetery, New Plymouth by Washoe Lodge #28, AF&AM, and the United States Air Force. Funeral services and arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Fruitland. Condolences may be made to Kent’s family at Kent was born in Inwood, IA, to Joseph R. and Gladys Leffler Gist. When Kent was four years old the young family moved to a farm near Presho, SD. Younger siblings Rodney and Ruth were added to the family during the 10 years they lived there. This was the time of The Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. Struggling to survive, the Gists’ made two crops in ten years. In 1937, the family moved east to Canton, SD. Kent graduated from Worthing High School in 1939 as president of his class.

At age 20, Kent enlisted in the Army, and was trained as a radio operator and Morse code specialist. Serving in the Army Air Corps, he had duty stations in Guadalcanal, Emirau, Hawaii, Saipan, and Iwo Jima. He witnessed the raising of the American Flag on Mount Suribachi from a Navy destroyer. Kent was honorably discharged Dec. 6, 1945.

In 1946, while attending college in Madison, SD he met his one true love, Edith Ingalls of Bryant, SD. Kent and Edith were married June 6, 1948 in Bryant and began a union of more than 64 years. Kent and Edith started their married life in Arlington, WA, where daughter Sara was born in 1949, moved to Idaho in 1950 where daughter Melissa was born in 1952, and son John in 1956. March 1, 1958, the Gist family moved to a five acre plot on Denver Road near Fruitland, where Kent and Edith have lived ever since.

Kent was a self-employed businessman, who enjoyed meeting and serving others. With his partner Ed Powell, he built a successful insurance and tax preparation business. Kent had loyal customers, and many had him do their tax preparation for 30 years or more.

Kent was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church, and served in many capacities in all ministries of the Fruitland First United Methodist Church. He was a talented vocalist, and was called upon many times to share this talent with others.

Kent was a Past Master of Washoe Lodge #28, AF&AM, was active in York Rite and Royal Arch Masonry, and served as Grand Chaplain of the Idaho Grand Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. Kent and Edith traveled many miles and met many dear friends through their participation in Masonic fraternities.

Kent had an undying and infectious sense of humor, an incredible resolve of self- discipline and example to others, an unshakable faith in his God and Savior, and the eternal gratitude of his loving family and friends who were touched by his remarkable life.

We will always remember the professional and loving care provided to Kent and all of our family by Heart ‘n Home Hospice. You made the impossible manageable, provided us with wonderful support, needed advice, and dignity throughout the process.

Kent is survived by his wife, Edith; children, Sara Young of Orangevale, CA, Melissa Nelson (Randy) of Boise, and John of American Falls, ID; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or Washoe Lodge #28, AM&FM, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.


  • Funeral Service Friday, August 24, 2012

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Cindie Hubiak

August 30, 2012

Melissa and family, someone in Arizona is sending you love and prayers. When I read that Melissa's father had a sense of humor, I wasn't surprised because of her wonderful use of humor. Grieve and celebrate this man who I know must have been very proud of the work his daughter does to support CPAs.

Collen Juica

August 30, 2012

Dear Edith and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry to here about Kents passing. We will miss him on sundays. Our family enjoyed talking with him as we entered the church. The Juica Family Gregorio, Collen, Jorge,Janela, Helena & Nickolas

Jom and Joyce Ingalls

August 25, 2012

Dear Edith and family, With sincere sympathy and we hope you know that others are thinking of you, caring about you, and wishing you much comfort and peace. Brother Jim and Joyce

August 23, 2012

Kent was a true Noble who dedicated his life to improving himself and his fellow man,. I enjoyed sharing with Kent at Lodge and with the Snake River Shrine Club. We will remember Kent as an example of loyalty and accomplishment toward the better things in life. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and fraternal brothers who will find themselves diminished by his passing into a better life. Bill and Donnaclaire Blankinship

Dennis Cable

August 23, 2012

Dear Gist family,
So sorry to hear of Mr. Gist's passing. Just as in the Bible story of the men on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24) you can experience "Jesus Himself (draw) near" at this time. Melissa, contact me at . (pastor) Dennis Cable

Karen Palmer

August 23, 2012

So sorry to hear of the passing of Kent, He carried my first insurance policy and I knew him well when I was in Job's Daughter's Bethal 5 Payette, He will be remembered. Star Love
Karen Voigt Palmer

August 23, 2012

Dear Edith; Sara, Melissa, John and families,
It seems I'm losing all my childhood icons. Edith, I appreciate the years Kent worked with Dad to make the business what it was. You both are special people. Sara, do you remember the 'first day of school' videos (we called them movies then). Special memories. Kent's passing will leave a big hole for all of you. Our prayers and thoughts are with you in your sorrow. --Arlen (Rhoda) Johnson

August 22, 2012

Edith, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Jack & Margaret Pence.

Michael Sasaki

August 22, 2012

Dear Edith, Sara, Melissa, John, and Families,
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you in the passing away of Kent. He will be deeply missed. It was our good fortune to get to know this very personable human being through our kids. Take care and peace be with you.
From the Heart,
The Ruth Sasaki Family