Kent, David Lee "Tuff"
David Lee "Tuff" Kent went home to Jesus on April 4, 2012, after a battle with lung cancer. He was born the youngest child of Elmer and Meta (Ziebell) Kent in Mukwa Township (Waupaca County), on March 18, 1936. Dave became a baptized child of God on November 24, 1946. He was confirmed on March 29, 1953 at Emanuel Lutheran, New London. On October 4, 1958, he married his wife of 53 years Elvera Jean Danke at Zion Lutheran Church in Readfield. They were blessed with four children. A son, Randy (Betsy) Kent, New London, WI- their children Tony (Stephanie) Kent and their daughter Olivia and Dan (friend Miranda) Kent and daughter Madelynn. A daughter, Debbie (Robert) Wollangk, Fremont, WI and her children Steven (fiancée Michelle) Levezow, Becky (Shaun) Richter and their son William and Katie Jo Levezow. And Rob's sons, Robert M and Casey Wollangk. Another son, Rod (friend Rachalle) Kent and his children Hannah and David and Melissa (Brandon) Hilker and their children Mahlia and Charles. And a daughter Darla (Sam) Smith and their children Robert and Lexie. Dave is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, his only brother, Earl "Jerry" Kent, New London, sisters: Doris "Jen" (Robert) Frank, Oshkosh, WI, and Alice "Mudge" Lathrop, New London. He is further survived by his in laws Alton (Barb) Danke, New London, Donna (Dave) Pagel, Neenah, WI, Nathan Danke of New London, Arden Danke of Weyauwega and sister-in-law Noreen Danke. He is preceded in death by parents Elmer and Meta Kent, New London, WI; a sister Beatrice (Gordon) Dorow, sister-in-law, Bernice Kent and brother-in-law, Herb Lathrop. Also preceeded on Elvera's side, brothers-in-law, Owen (Erna) Danke, Readfield, WI, Ivan (Audrey) Danke, and Leon Danke; sisters-in-law Myra (Robert) Magolski, Readfield, WI and Sylvia "Sis" Ruppel, and their infant sister Lyda; and daughter-in-law, Tracy Kent. Dave loved his wife, Elvera, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren very much! He was very grateful to his sister-in-law, Bernice for insisting that he get a Christian education. Over the years Dave grew to love his Lord and to trust Him in life and death. He kept saying, "When the doctors here on earth have done all they can then the "Big Guy" will handle the rest. I have no problems, it's all good." He was a lover of dogs, especially his dogs Princess and Casey. Over the years Dave worked for Curwood, Inc., New London Co-op and Waupaca County as a grader driver. During his illness he said "when the Lord needs a grader driver in heaven he'll take me home". Dad loved to shoot the bull and stir the pot when it came to his opinions on politics, Buick vs. any other model and Case tractors over John Deere! Thank you to all who indulged him! We, the family, would like to thank all of our Pastors from Immanuel, Greenville, and the many friends who have supported Dad and all of us during his illness. We are also grateful to Dr. Swanson and all the Thedacare Hospice team. You are all awesome and appreciated! Funeral services for David were held on Monday, April 9, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Greenville with Rev. John Qualmann officiating. Burial is in the Floral Hill Cemetery. Visitation was held at the church on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or school. Cline & Hanson Funeral Home