James “Jim” Kent

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James “Jim” Kent was born July 29th 1954, the third of eight children to Robert “Duke” and Cala Mae Kent.


Jim grew up on the family dairy farm and attended school in Brooten. He graduated from Brooten and stayed to work on the family farm.


He was united in marriage to Michelle Rieffer on April 15th 1984 at St Donatus in Brooten. Jim and Michelle began their family and a short time later moved to a homestead between Brooten and Sedan.


He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Sedan and later St Donatus in Brooten.


Jim found his calling in life as an agriculture salesman. He won numerous awards and formed everlasting relationships with many of his customers.


Jim belonged to the Knights of Columbus , several nature and wildlife conservation groups, Boy Scouts of America, and served as a board member for Immaculate Conception and St Donatus parishes.


He enjoyed hunting fishing, cheering on the Vikings and Twins, and visiting with family, friends, and strangers. Most of all Jim loved his garden and sharing the harvest with all.


He is survived by his wife Michelle, sons Michael of Brooten MN, John and Christopher of West Fargo ND, daughter Katherine of Sioux Falls SD, sisters Patricia Kent of Minneapolis MN, Jane (David) Eastling of Rancho Mirage CA, Mary Kent of Alexandria MN, Joni Hughes of Phoenix AZ, Kara (Mark) Kirckof of Brooten MN, and Margaret Kent of Brooten MN. He is preceded in death by his parents Duke and Clara Mae, brother Michael, brother in law Dru Hughes, grandparents John and Nell Kent, John and Lucille Chamerlain, and honorary grandmother Addie Gilbertson.


Jim was a beloved husband, father, brother, and friend. He will be remembered for his big smile, unyielding selflessness, strength of character, and generous heart.


A visitation will be on Thursday October 24th 6-8pm at St Donatus in Brooten. Mass will be on Friday October 25th 11am at St Donatus. Burial will follow service at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Sedan. At the conclusion there will be a reception at the Brooten Pavilion.

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