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, www.nwswb.edu/donateonline.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel of Moscow ad Condolences may be left at www.shortsfuneralchapel.com