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William "Bill" Kent

January 19, 1952 — November 7, 2020


In loving memory of William Clark “Superman” Kent, who left our world peacefully on Saturday, November 7th, 2020 at the age of 68.  He died, surrounded by family, following complications from a sudden aortic aneurysm at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Bill was born on January 19th, 1952, in Wausau, to the late Robert and Sallie (Fisher) Kent. He grew up in the Schofield area. Bill excelled in sports, especially football and wrestling, while attending DC Everest Schools and graduated from there in 1970. He married his high school sweetheart, Linda, who survives him. Together they raised 2 children, who are their pride and joy.

Bill was employed as an engineer at the former Zimpro in Rothschild for 20 years. Later he worked for A&B Process Systems in Stratford. In between these, he owned and operated a plumbing contracting business in Wausau, Ace Plumbing, for 10 years. He retired in 2019. He was a skilled carpenter, having built several homes and completed numerous building projects for others in his spare time. He loved nothing more than holding a hammer in his hands and especially loved to help his children with his knowledge and skills. God must have needed something repaired in heaven.

Bill was active in his Church, singing in the church choir, and was a past Church President at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Rothschild. He loved to play golf and go camping, especially wilderness camping in the Boundary Waters. He enjoyed spending time every summer camping at Crystal Lake and Door County with family and friends; and treasured trips to Hawaii, sweet treats, and Mai Tais.

Bill was the embodiment of the Good Samaritan. He had a warm, gentle spirit, and his kindness knew no bounds. In times of trouble, there was no one more reliable and steadfast than Bill. You always knew it would be OK when he was there – and he was always there. He loved visiting with people and could bend your ear with long stories. He was the best husband, father, and grandpa in the whole world. Above all, Bill was a peacekeeper and the anchor of his family. He left us far too soon, we had so much more to say and do, and though the world is less without him, he will always be with us as we do and say as he taught us. His kindness will live on through all of us and all that he left behind.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, a brother Rod, father-in-law Raymond Kolbeck & mother-in-law Elaine Carpenter & her husband Wilfred. In addition, an infant niece. He is survived by his wife, a son Sam & Allie Kent, in Green Bay, and a daughter Sarah & Keith Sumner, Rib Mountain, and 2 granddaughters, Emily & Caitlyn, Rib Mountain. He is also survived by a brother, Bob & Carol Kent, Bayfield, WI &  sister in law, Deb Kent, Kronenwetter. As well as a large loving family of cousins, nieces, and nephews and many cherished friends.

The public visitation will be on Friday, November 13, 2020, beginning at 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Brainard Funeral Home – Wausau Chapel, 522 Adams Street. Wausau, WI. 54403. Due to current recommendations, masks are required and social distancing will be observed. Bill's funeral service will be live-streamed at 12:00 noon on Saturday, November 14, 2020, at during a private family service. Pastor Rich Block from Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Rothschild, will officiate. Bill will be laid to rest during a private committal service at Pine Grove Cemetery. The service will be made available for future viewing on the Brainard website. Online condolences may be shared at

LIFE should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely, in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting “WOO-HOO! What a ride!”

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