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Colonel Richard “Dick” Steven Kent, United States Army (Ret.), 79, of Richmond Hill, Georgia and husband of Barbara Oliver Kent, died Friday morning, October 11, 2019, at Hospice Savannah.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was a son of the late David Kent and the late Josephine Hauptman Kent. Colonel Kent was a member of Congregation Mickve Israel. He retired from the United States Army after 26 years of service. A graduate of West Point and Ranger School, Colonel Kent was awarded the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, and served three tours in Vietnam.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Barbara Oliver Kent; one daughter, Kimberly Kent of Portland, Oregon; one son, Gregory D. Kent and his wife, Kimberly, of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania; five grandchildren, Lindsay Kent, Jahleel Heath, William Kent, NayNay Kent-Taylor and Brenna Kent; one sister, Marjorie Millman and her husband, Michael, of Short Hills, New Jersey, and nieces and nephews.

The funeral service, with full military honors, will be held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon, October 25, 2019, at the graveside, Bonaventure Cemetery, conducted by Rabbi Robert W. Haas. The family will receive friends at the Jewish Educational Alliance – 5111 Abercorn Street immediately after the graveside service.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Hospice Savannah – Post Office Box #13190, Savannah, Georgia 31416-0190.

Online Condolences

  1. Clara Shearouse says:

    Mrs. Barbara: I was so sad to open my Savannah Morning News and read that Mr. Kent had passed away. I have fond memories of working with him at the Bryan County Board of Education meetings when he was chairman. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Clara Shearouse

  2. Diana says:

    Barbara, Dick was one of a kind. Loved his sense of humor! Never knew what he would say next but with a heart of gold. He loved people and worked hard with us at Food for the Soul. My heart breaks for you. Hugs and comfort to you. May he be pain free. Love you Diana

  3. Naomi Fay says:

    Dear Barbara and family,
    We are so sad and sorry to learn of your great loss. Mr. Kent was a kind and generous soul, and I always enjoyed visiting with you both whenever I stopped by to see Chusy. Please know that the ladies of the Common Threads knit, crochet and quilting club and I are holding you close in our hearts. May your sweet memories of precious times spent together offer you comfort and support in your time of grief. Mr. Kent touched so many lives, and we are all better people for having known him.
    Naomi Fay and The Ladies of Common Threads

  4. J. Gorman says:

    To the Kents:

    We have lost a very pleasant, very funny, very bright soldier, one who was not fearful of thinking outside the box, even to the end. Dick will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Jane and Jim Gorman

  5. Chris and Millie Morris says:

    Barbara, We are very sorry to hear about Dick. I have fond memories of him as Chairman of the Bryan County BOE and the Richmond Hill Rotary Club. Prayers for you and your family during this time.

    Chris and Millie Morris

  6. Mindy Nash says:

    Dear Greg,

    I was sorry to hear the sad news about your dad. I enjoyed getting to know him several years ago. He has a special place in my memory. Sending my best to you and your family for comfort as you remember your Dad. May his memory be forever a blessing. Love, Mindy Nash

  7. Ron & Mary Stock says:


    You probably do not remember me but I was a fellow 62 member and part of the wedding party years ago when I was assigned to DIA.. I was sorry to hear about Dick’s passing. He was a fine soldier . I am sorry that I cannot attend the funeral as Mary will be in Mayo clinic on Friday and I will be with her. We will keep you and the family in our prayers.

    Ron & Mary Stock

  8. Dr. Gary L and Ella Louise Russell says:

    Barbara and Family,

    We are please to call Dick a friend and will always cherish our times with him and Barbara. He was an excellent community leader as President of the local Rotary, Chairman of the Bryan County Board of Education, and involvement in other community organizations. His leadership and activism will be sorely missed in our community. Rest in Peace!

  9. Donna Hoke says:

    Barbara, We were so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. You and Dick were loyal supporters of the Soup for the Soul Soup Kitchen at the Richmond Hill United Methodist Church. The leadership and volunteers deeply appreciated both of you and your service in this ministry. We will never forget the team of Dick and Jim delivering meals on one of our routes. May he rest in peace. Joe & Donna Hoke and the volunteer team at Soup for the Soul.

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