Kent Wick

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Kent Wick, of Moscow, died Wednesday February 24, 2016 at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene . He was 71.

Boy Kent Wick was born on June 24, 1944 to his proud parents Clarence and Helen Wick and his brother Dale in Duluth, Minnesota.  Kent grew up in Duluth running the halls of the Arrowhead Hotel that his parents owned and operated.  Kent graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with an accounting degree before enlisting in the US Coast Guard during the Vietnam War.  The Coast Guard took him to Homer, Alaska where he met his bride to be Rebecca (Becky).  Kent and Becky were married 6 months later, and happily married for 46 years.  They moved to Seattle, Kenai, and Ely before settling back in Homer where Kent managed Homer Electric Utilities. Kent’s career in management of electric utilities continued for 45 years and span over 10 countries.

Kent was an amazing and much loved father to Dawn, Tonya, and Myra, father in law to Chris, and Grandfather to Rebekah, Mia, Laura, Preston, Hayden, and Lyssa.   Kent loved adventure and married the right girl to be along his side.  Over the years the two love birds lived in Alaska, Nevada, Washington, Montana, Bangladesh, the Philippines, and settled in to Moscow, Idaho for their retirement years. They traveled the globe and tackled every adventure they came across including: The Great Wall of China, Mt. Everest base camp, Machu Pichu, rafting on the Nile River, boating the Lewis and Clark river route from Idaho to the mouth of the Pacific Ocean to name a few.

When not traveling and seeking adventure, Kent loved to build and create.  Kent was a craftsman and loved working with wood creating pieces for the home and his family.  His true passion was working with his antique wooden boats including full restoration of a 26 foot 1968 Century.  Kent loved being on the lake enjoying the rumble of the motor and having his family along for the cruise.  Kent was involved, along with Becky, in the Inland Empire Antique and Wooden Boat Society.  They spent summer weekends on the lakes of the Northwest showing his Chris Craft boat and enjoying the fellowship of other boat lovers.  When winter came along Kent traded in the boats for his snow skis.  He always made time to hit the slopes and loved to tackle any black diamond run. If there was powder to be skied Kent found his way to the hill.

Kent loved life, lived it to the fullest, and never let grass grow under his feet.  We miss him.  Kent was the best – husband, dad, father, grandpa!

A celebration of life will be held for Kent at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2106 at the First United Methodist Church in Moscow. For those wishing to make gifts in Kent’s memory a fund has been established at the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building,

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel of Moscow ad Condolences may be left at

6 Responses to Kent Wick

  1. Denny & Susan Hamilton says:

    We’ll always remember the time when we first met. We were cruising up St. Joe River in our wooden boat, along with a few friends in their wooden boats. We all got together with you in the boat park near St. Maries. You seemed so delighted to meet other old wooden boats cruising up the river-:) Later, after you had joined the local I. E. Chapter of ACBS, Susan and I always felt very fortunate to call both you and Becky our good friends. A mutual friend once whispered to me, “there’s only a few of us in this room with varnish under their fingernails”. Kent, you were one of those few men but you’ll be missed by many. Rest in peace my mahogany friend.
    Denny & Susan Hamilton

  2. Donna cirone says:

    Kent was a master at life. He truly was a Talented and gifted
    man beyond measure. His friends at the lake will miss him
    Terribly! May his family, friends, and his 4 legged buddy be
    comforted during this time.

  3. Linda Vose says:

    Becky and family—You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I feel so blessed to have gotten to know Kent ( and Becky) as my next door neighbors at the lake and through the condo meetings. Kent was always doing projects at the lake condo and very often would also just take care of things that needed attention at my condo too (which I so appreciated).–May the love and caring of family and friends give you strength during this most difficult time and may beautiful memories of his life so well lived bring you peace and comfort in the days to come.

  4. Teri and Henry says:

    So sorry to hear Kent has passed. He always seemed to be in good humor, even when dealing with trying situations.

  5. Leon Johnson says:

    I was shocked to find out about Kent passing. We grew up together in Duluth all thru high school and college as we both were in accounting. I remember many fun time times including deer hunting up north, snorkeling at the family lake place, partying in Superior etc etc. So many many fond memories. What a genuinely wonderful, caring person who often bragged about his family and second, his wooden boats plus travel. It was wonderful to see him and Becky at our 50th high school reunion. He was so full of energy and adventure.
    He shall forever be in our memories. My sincere sympathies to his family and many friends and business associates.

  6. Linda Zwarg says:

    We were so stunned to hear of Kent’s passing. Steve & I will deeply miss him. He was a big part of our wood boat community. He will be sorely missed. He and Becky were always there with smiles and a willingness to help make our events unforgettable. His love for wooden boats made for no lack of discussion between he and Steve. So sorry we missed his memorial. We heard about it while we were on a cruise. We were out of the country until March 7th. Blessing to you Becky and to your family.

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