Dallas Lee Kent, 80, of Naperville passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 14, 2020 due to complications from diabetes.
He was born March 11, 1940 to Darrell and Ethyl (Himstedt) Kent at home on the family farm Northwest of Morrisonville, Ill. Dallas was an active member of 4-H and the Future Farmers of America. Following his graduation from Morrisonville Community High School, in a class of 22, he attended University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where he earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He later earned a M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology.
On August 29, 1964 he married his sweetheart - Jean Woolley at Wesley Methodist Church in Urbana, IL. The couple resided in Chicago for eight years before moving to Evanston for the next 37 years.
His career over the years included positions at Zenith Radio Corporation where he was awarded two patents, Stewart-Warner and Multigraphics. Additionally, while employed at General American Research Division he was responsible for testing prototypes of the US Postal Service’s zip mail sorters.
He was a member and deacon of First Presbyterian Church of Evanston. Dallas was a long-time volunteer church bus driver transporting members residing at the Presbyterian Homes to worship services. He was a member of the Church’s International Friends. With his wife, he served as a Homestay family for various international graduate students at Northwestern University.
Dallas was a faithful blood donor to LifeSource donating over three gallons during his lifetime.
At the time of his death, he was residing in Naperville, IL at an active-55 community. He celebrated his 80th birthday with his wife and friends on the day the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 pandemic. Even in times with pain, he loved to sing, do word search puzzles, and tell people he was feeling FAN-tastic!
Dallas is survived by his wife of 55 years; his sons, Burton of Chicago, Ill., Clinton of Lexington, Ky. and his daughter Dorene (Salvador) Munoz of Plymouth, Minn.; his grandchildren: Brady Kent, Andres, Adrian and Zara Munoz. He is also survived by a brother, Robert (Mary) Kent, several nieces and nephews and his long-time caregiver Margarita Munoz.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a still-born brother Donald, and his sister Carol Douglass.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date at Wheatland Township Cemetery, Naperville, Ill. Arrangements entrusted to Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Homes & Crematory. Info: 630-922-9630 or www.beidelmankunschfh.com