Kent D. Whitacre

    Kent D. Whitacre, 64, of Monroe, passed away at 2:36 p.m. on Sunday, November 11, 2012, in the Adams Memorial Hospital following a three-year battle with cancer.
    Kent was born in Decatur on Friday, November 14, 1947, to the late DeVon and Alberta (Weil) Whitacre.
    He married Jill Berryman on January 10, 1970, at North Highland Church of Christ in Fort Wayne; she survives in Monroe.
    Kent was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Chattanooga, Ohio, V.F.W. Post 6236 in Decatur, the Masonic Lodge 571 in Decatur, and the Scottish Rite F&M in Fort Wayne.  Kent served his country in the United States Navy, serving during the Vietnam War on the USS Thomaston-LSD 28.
    He was the owner and operator of B & K Hydraulics in Monroe for 37 years and was a lifelong farmer in Blue Creek Township. Kent enjoyed traveling and attending festivals and tractor shows with Jill. He was a former member of the Blue Creek Conservation Club and he enjoyed metal detecting and ham radio operation.
    Among survivors are his daughter, Tina (Jeff) Crook of Canal Fulton, Ohio; daughter, Nicole Whitacre of Fort Wayne; son, Scott (Jennifer) Whitacre of Woodburn; best friend, Max (Fox Rat Terrier); and four grandchildren, Brandon Crook, Emily Crook, Trenton Crook, and Kyle Crook.
    Visitation will be from 2-4 and 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the services on Wednesday at the funeral home.
    Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 14, also at the funeral home, with Rev. Don Bachman officiating.
    Burial will follow in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga.
    Preferred memorials are to Zion Lutheran Church in Chattanooga, or the Adams Memorial Hospital Strickler Cancer Institute.
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