ISHPEMING, Mich. - Charles Calvin Kent, age 83, of 205 S. Angeline St. Ishpeming, passed away Monday, April 15, 2013, at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility where he been a resident for the past 9 months.
Charles was born June 27, 1929, in Negaunee, Mich., to James and Mildred (Kendall) Kent. He served his country in the U.S. Navy, and Michigan National Guard. Calvin worked as a delivery truck driver for Elson Bottling Works, as an underground miner at the Tracey Mine, at K.I. Sawyer in the Transportation Division, and most recently as a school bus driver for the N.I.C.E. Community Schools.
Charles loved camping at his favorite campgrounds Van Riper State Park and Summer Breeze in Iron Mountain; he enjoyed his dogs, working and loved all the kids who rode on his school buses. Charles was a life member of the Negaunee V.F.W. and a member of the Lake Superior C.B. Club.
Charles is survived by 3 children: Larry Kent, Tammy (Ronald) McCarthy, and Jim (Jackie) Kent all of Ishpeming; 4 grandchildren: Mariya (Dale Klefman) McCormick, Ronda (Weston Dishaw) Johnson, Kayla Kent and Devin Kent; 3 great grandchildren: Dylan Klefman, Tate Klefman and Sylas Dishaw; along with several nieces and nephews. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mildred; wife Carol; sisters: Vi, Ivy, and Clara; and brothers: Doug, Dalton and Donald.
Funeral services for Charles will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home in Ishpeming with the Rev. Douglas Mater officiating.
Charles family will greet relatives and friends at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home on Thursday from 12:00 noon until the time of service at 2:00 p.m.
Military honors will be accorded by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 380.
Charles' obituary may be viewed at bjorkdandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.