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Lansill Lance Boyden Kent
July 6, 2009
Family and friends will gather, with Gina Janelli, to celebrate the life of Lansill “Lance” Boyden Kent, 70, at 11 a.m. July 14 at O’Hair & Riggs Funeral Chapel. Military honors will be provided by Oregon Military Funeral Honors. Following the service, please join the family for a no-host luncheon in a place to be announced at the service. Cremation was performed by Klamath Cremation Service. It was Lance’s wish to have his cremated remains scattered to return to the earth as his wonderful soul ascends to a higher place. Lance crossed over to eternity on July 6 in Klamath Falls, Ore., after suffering a massive stroke.
One of the children of Ada and Roby Kent, Lance was born in Marysville, Calif. and was raised in Turlock. He was a devoted and caring husband to his first wife, Joanna (Cunningham), for over 30 years. The couple made their homes in Hollywood and Southern California, where they raised their family.
Lance was proud to serve his country in Korea and he was with the Special Forces in Vietnam. Later, he co-owned an art gallery in California, and as a contractor, and renovator, he built several homes. His beloved wife passed away from complication from diabetes, and later he came to Klamath County.
He led an exciting, adventurous and diversified life. His many interests led him into researching history, acting, and re-enacting. His many interesting jobs and teaching positions were always connected with creativity and art. He specialized in Western oils and watercolors, and his work is currently featured locally, and in Old Pueblo Gallery in Tucson, Ariz.
A “one of a kind” man, he almost single-handedly built his present home. He also built a re-enactor cannon, restored many saddles, antiques, and junk. He designed living history clothing, and collected authentic items for re-enactments and his artwork.
He was an active member of the Klamath Art Association, Cascade Civil War Society, and a life member of the N.R.A.
Everyone will remember Lance in their own unique way, as he was a very private individual, but he gave each person he met a different view of himself.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 15 years, Mary; children, Brandon and his wife Dorrie, Laurie and her husband, Reyes, Michel and his wife, Julie, Eric and his companion, Patty, Katrina and her fiance, Shayne and Mark; grandchildren, Brandon, Jr., Alexis, Ashley, Dwayne, Raeanna, Sarah, Kyle,  Sara, Blair, Jenna, Chris, Dakotah and Hunter; great grandchildren, Breanna, Kalob, Airanna, Hayden, and Brookelyn; brothers and sisters-in-law, Eldon and Virginia Kent and Roy and Janice Kent; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents and his first wife, he was preceded in death by his oldest brother, Norris; son, Christopher; and grandson, David.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.