Edgar Kent Bacon, 85, of Winona, passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Hospital - St. Mary's Campus in Rochester. He was born on Oct. 18, 1933 in Easton, Wisconsin to Edgar and Mildred (Bidwell) Bacon. On September 28, 1956 he married the love of his life, IdaMae Williams and shortly after, was drafted into the Army. Kent proudly served our country for two years. Upon his return home, he began dairy farming with his father. Kent also worked on a mink farm, at a lumber mill, drove truck for a construction company, then began his career as a meat inspector for the federal government. After a 34 career, he retired at the age of 65 and was able to enjoy 20 years of retired living. He was just as active in retirement as he was during his working career. From an early age Kent dedicated his life to serving the Lord. This included, being active in the local church, visiting and leading inmates in Bible study, and sharing the love of Jesus Christ with as many people as he could. He was a member of Habitat for Humanity and The Gideons International. He loved to fish and hunt and used these hobbies as a way to connect with his children, grandchildren, and many others. Kent is survived by his wife of 62 years, IdaMae; children, Tim (Rhoda) Bacon, Aaron (Sharon) Bacon, Kelvin (Kim) Bacon, and Angela Strange; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; siblings, Janis Rheinhart, Gary (Joann) Bacon, Nola (Dick) Edwards; brother-in-law, Edwin Burdick; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by one grandson, Moses Ragan; two great-grandchildren, Jessalynn Hermann and Kellen Bacon; siblings, Willis "Billy" Bacon and Marilyn Burdick; brother-in-law, Phillip "Bud" Rheinhart. A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, with Rev. Adam Burge officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral. Burial will be at 9 a.m., Monday, November 5 at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery- Preston. Please leave a memory of Kent and view his video tribute when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com. Hoff Celebration of Life Center is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Kent was perhaps one of the kindest men that I have ever met. His desire was to spread the gospel to so many seeking our Lord Jesus Christ. From sharing Christ in the jails to handing out Bibles at the county fairs, Kent never stopped in wanting others to know our Savior. It was my privilege to have served next to Kent, and as well as getting to know him. Once when going out to coffee with Kent, I saw him walk up to a young lady and kindly offer her a Gideon Bible, she was so appreciative of this gesture while taking it. I thought to myself, "I will do the same!" Watching Kent's boldness gave me strength to do the same. May his memory be a strength to those he has left behind and an encouragement for the many who came to know Jesus through his ministry. Rest in peace my friend! August Thurmer
Kent was a great friend/deacon from our Calvary Baptist Church in Chatfield. We have and will miss him very much. A very good Christian man.
What a blessing it was to have known Kent.
Uncle Kent was a wonderful man of God. He leaves a lasting legacy of children grandchildren and great grandchildren who have come to know the Lord as result of his living testimoney. Our love and sympathies to Aunt Ida Mae and families. Anita and Don Genrich
A first class gentleman at all times.
Ida Mae and family—so sorry for the loss of Kent. I knew him for 11 years as a member of the Gideons. When I first started with the Gideons you tend to listen and learn from the veterans…the other more experienced members. Kent shared his opinion often. His voice was firm but interesting. He was always interested in volunteering for Gideon activities that involved sharing the Word of the Lord and handing out bibles. He loved visiting with pastors at churches, jail ministry and giving Gideon presentations. He attended many Gideon State Conventions where he renewed old friendships. As a Gideon member and a friend…he’ll be missed.
Bacon family - My sympathies to you all. IdaMae, losing your partner will not be easy. May God give you strength and peace and may Kent rest in peace. Lois Pawlowski
Ida Mae- so sorry for your loss. I did not know him but I worked with you and if he was anything like you, he would have been caring and funny all wrapped up with love. You will be in my thoughts and prayers - Kate
I always loved seeing Kent walk into the church with Ida Mae. I will remember him for his great handshake and his genuine love for all of us. Quite the man. I loved his Gideon presentations. I was always so thankful for all the fish he supplied me with through the years. I am sure he heard upon his arrival at his new forever home, "Well done, My good and faithful servant!" Kent is no longer hurting and struggling to breathe. His unique smile is on his face. See you Kent!!
I remember spending many days, nights, whole weekends at the Bacon house....I remember "Mr. Bacon" telling Angi and I many times to "go to bed it's late!". Wonderful man!
Ida Mae, we are so very sorry for your loss, Kent was a wonderful man and will truly be missed.
Larry and Janice
Ida Mae...I am so sorry to hear about Kent! He was such a dear man. Peace be with you and your families in the days ahead!
Sharon and Maynard
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