Kent Gilcrest

Kent Gilcrest, 76, passed away Monday, January 7, 2013 at the Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient Facility in Bryan. The family will receive friends during a visitation from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, January 10 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home. Funeral services are set for 10 a.m., Friday, January 11, at Callaway-Jones with a live webcast. Interment will follow at Rest-Ever Memorial Park in Bryan. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., at Hilltop Lakes Chapel following the burial.

Kent was born August 12, 1936, on a farm outside Hammondsville, Ohio to Laurence Belmont and Nell Hesse Gilcrest. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1954 and after attending the Ohio State University, he was an avid “Buckeye” fan to the very end. Kent received diplomas in Industrial Instrumentation and Mechanical Engineering from International Correspondence Schools.

He was a member of the Tri-State Symphonette of Steubenville, Ohio as a French Horn Player. He was an elder and choir member of Two-Ridges Presbyterian Church in Wintersville, Ohio, and was a past Master of Smithfield Lodge #182 in Smithfield, Ohio.

After moving from Ohio, Kent was a member and served as a Deacon of the Men’s Ensemble of the First Presbyterian Church in Bryan, Texas. He also served as Past President of the Bryan Evening Lions Club. Kent was a former Docent as the George Bush Library.

Kent was also a member of the Hilltop Lakes Chapel, a Stephens Minister and Choir Member. He served as a member of the Hilltop Lakes Lions Club and volunteered at the Still Creek Ranch. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Hilltop Lakes Water Supply Corp and retired from the Instrument Department of Texas Municipal Power Agency in 2000. In his spare time Kent loved to play Bridge.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Laurence, Roger, and Dale Gilcrest; sisters, Carol Johnson, and Dorothy Purkey; and son, Brent Gilcrest.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Gilcrest; sister, Margery Gilcrest-Wolfe; brothers, Philip and Dana Gilcrest; sons, Dana Gilcrest, Robert Toepfer, Randle Toepfer; daughters, Brenda Sellers, Barbara Cunningham, Linda Cupp, Jessie Gilcrest, Licia Kim, Teresa Arrington; sixteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

For those who desire, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley at 502 W. 26th St. in Bryan, or to Echoing Hills Village at 36272 –CR 79, Warsaw, Ohio 43844.

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  1. Dear Janice and Family-
    You have my deepest condolences. I know that Kent lived his last months fully and I am glad that we had a chance to see him and you. My prayers are with you, may you find strength and courage as you go through this time of loss. Love, Norma

  2. I was a fellow SP at the TAMU H.S.C. I only had one ‘conversation’ with Ken and that was “hello-my name is Gibi-very nice to meet you”.Ken replied the same and that was it. BUT—Sometimes during an introduction, regardless how brief the encounter you just sense what a sincerely good person you are meeting.I am sure all those who knew him well know exactly what i mean. Prayers to his family-Gibi Speakmon

  3. Hello, Janice. Our deepest sympathies at this difficult time. It was a loss to TMPA when Kent retired. He was knowledgeable and had a great work ethich which was an example to us all. Besides that, I’ve missed my crossword puzzle mentor and occasional biking buddy. He was a gentleman and a friend and will be missed and remembered. If you ever need anything, just give us a call. We’ll send you a card with our home number.

  4. From all of us back here in the Ohio Valley, The Rines and the Westfalls. We send you our deepest condolences. We love you Aunt Jan and know that our strength and love are with you and the whole family.
    Don Weisal

  5. Janice and family, We were sorry hear of Kent’s passing. We have known each other since 1947 and have many happy memories from school and the class of 1954, then you moved to Texas and the visits became fewer. We will remember the class reunions and his pleasant smile. God’s peace be with you always. Sandy

  6. Janice and family, We are so sorry for the loss of Kent. He was an inspiration to all of the Bryan Evening Lions. Kent served the Lions International to the fullest, as our club president in mid-1990s and as secretary in early 2000s. We enjoyed visiting you and Kent at the club socials and family meetings. Our prayers will continue for Kent and also for you and the members of your family. May God’s peace and blessings be with you always. Lion Larry and Becky


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