KENT—Kenneth Kent, 94, of Florence, passed away peacefully Dec. 16, 2020.
Ken was born in New York City in 1926. When he was nine, his family moved west for his father’s work in the movie production industry, ultimately settling in southern California.
Ken attended high school and the Chouinard Art Institute — today known as CALARTS — in Los Angeles.
Ken served in the United States Army during World War II and was deployed to the Pacific Theater. He was awarded the Good Conduct medal and the Asiatic Pacific Service medal, and honorably discharged at the end of the war.
After the war, Ken began a career in industrial arts, specializing in furniture design, which spanned 42 years in offices all across the west coast including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.
Several of his pieces have been shown in design museums and featured in design magazines.
In 1988, Ken retired to Florence, where he became an active member of the Florence community. He enjoyed building model airplanes and, later in life, developed an interest in radio-controlled airplanes.
Ken enjoyed watercolor painting and taught painting classes at the Florence Senior Center. He was actively involved in supporting many local nonprofit organizations, the library, and the Siuslaw School District.
Ken is survived by his daughter, two grandsons and many friends.