Wayne “Bud” Kent

May 13, 1935 ‒ May 07, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Wayne “Bud” Kent, 79, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 7, 2015.  He was born May 13, 1935 in Harrison County, Ohio and had been a lifelong resident of Mansfield.   Bud was graduated from Mansfield Senior High in 1953, and married Carol Schwan Kent in 1956.

He was a devoted member of the First Congregational Church, Westbrook Country Club, and Mansfield Rotary Club.

Bud and his wife Carol were long time owners of Swan Cleaners prior to their retirement in 2007. Bud will be remembered by his love of gardening, fishing, Cleveland and OSU sports, golf and his loyalty to friends and devotion to his family.

Bud is survived by his daughter Judie “Kent” Housel (Robert ) of Sylvania; son Jeff Kent (Connie Valot) of Wooster; grandchildren Courtney Kent of Brook Park, Kassie Kent and Nicole Kent both of Mansfield, Patrick (Melissa) Housel of Morristown, NJ, Sean (Maria) Housel of Lakewood; and great grandchildren Avery and Grant Housel of Morristown, NJ.  Bud is also survived by his brothers Richard (Nancy) Kent of Galion and Larry Kent of Michigan along with an extended family including sister-in-law Judy Schwan Whitney (Don) Harris of Bardstown, KY, and his mother-in-law Marilou Burgess Schwan of Mansfield. He was preceded in death by his parents Leroy “Pete” Kent (1974) and Rena Kent (2004), and his wife Carol Schwan Kent (2012).

The Kent family will receive friends Friday, May 8, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A service celebrating the life of Bud Kent will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in First Congregational Church, 640 Millsboro Road, with the Rev. Bruce Haapalainen  and Pastor Ron Winters officiating. Inurnment in the First Congregational Church Chapel columbarium will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to OhioHealth MedCentral Hospice. The family wishes to extend special thanks to the staff at MedCentral Hospital and Dr. Viswanathan for their compassionate care given to Bud.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Kent family. Send them a message of sympathy and support, or watch Bud’s tribute video at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Jeff, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. God bless you during this difficult time.

  • “Bud” Kent will be fondly remembered.

    He, Carol, and the family have a long history, a positive connection, with Mansfield. “Swan’s” is synonymous with the family – it is difficult to think of one without the other. Caring and giving back to Mansfielders and the community was not new to Bud, and his friendly, kind ways, as a Rotarian, and friend to many.

    Our condolences to Judie, Jeff, and the family. Ours thoughts and prayers are with each family member during this time. Our hope is you will find comfort in your fond memories.

  • Jeff, I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was such a wonderful person. Prayers for you and your family.

  • Bud was a wonderful man who always had a smile and time to chat. It seems that just about everyone knew Bud through Swan Cleaners, Church, Rotary, the golf course and all of his community activities.

    Our sincere condolences to Jeff, Judie and the family. Our prayers are with you during this time of reflection.

    Tom & Laurie Carto

  • Bud, you will be greatly missed. You always had such a positive attitude about so many things. My heart goes out to all the family at this sorrowful time. May you find peace and comfort through prayer. God be with all of you is my prayer.

    Patti and Ed Bettis