James Howard Dent, 82, continues his journey with God in heaven on July 12, 2004. Born to the union of Howard and Ella (Mantel) Dent on October 25, 1921. Survived by his wife of 57 years, Irma Jane (Arthur) Dent, and what he considers his wealth, his twelve children, Loretta (Mitch) McMahon, Tom (Susie), Ken (JoEllen), Cathy Rafferty, Jim (Jan), Joan (John) McDonald, Judy (Cliff) Walker, Roland, Dan, Randy (Carol), Brian, and Nancy (Dave) Humphries. His fortune grew with his 17 grandchildren, Jeff (DeAnna) Starcer, Tina (Scotty) Richard, Kim (Kevin) Casey, Mark, Jason, Doug (Daphne), Daniel (Shonna) Jeremy (Katy) Rafferty, Justin (Donnis) Rafferty, Amy Rafferty (Kevin Lutz), Adam (Jennifer), Thomas (Shanna), Jon Paul (Jessica) McDonald, Joshua (Casey) McDonald, Jay Walker, Leslie Rohr, and Brad Humphries. And with joy he welcomed 13 great-grandchildren, Zachery, Alexa, and Triston Starcer, Quinn Casey, Jack and Jason, Marissa and Megan Rafferty, Ryan Rafferty, Stephen and Connor McDonald, Chelsie Foster and Dalton Rohr. Also survived by his sister, Marjorie (Robert) Grinstead; sisters-in-law, Marion Devereaux and Frances Vaughn; brother-in-law, Reverend Eugene Arthur; and numerous nephews, nieces and special friends. Preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Muriel and her husband, Robert Mayber, sister, Charlene and her husband, William Scott; and brother, Jack. Graduated from Centennial High School in 1940, served in the U.S. Marines in Okinawa and Guadalcanal during WWII, came home and married Irma on Sept. 9, 1946, and began his family. In 1954, Jim opened Lincoln Servicenter on the corner of Lincoln and Abriendo and operated it with his family until retirement in 1982. In retirement Jim enjoyed golf, bowling, darts and frisbee with his children and grandchildren. Viewing from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Rosary will be held 7p.m. Thursday and the funeral Mass will be held 9:30 a.m. Friday with the Very Reverend Father Roger Dorsey as celebrant. Both services will be held at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 11th and Grand. Reception will be held at Our Lady of the Meadows Hall after the military honors by Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team and interment at Imperial Memorial Gardens. In lieu of food and flowers, donations may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Palliative Care in memory of Jim. The family wishes to acknowledge the diligent loving care that Casey Baber gave to their father. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Dave and I would like to extend our condolences to the Dent family on the passing of the family patriarch. Mr. Dent must have been a wonderful person to have had such a fine family. We especially would like to give our sympathies to Joan McDonald, Dan, Roland and Ken who carry on his strong values. Also, sympathies to Justin and Jeremy Rafferty, former VALIC colleagues.
    Dave and Sue Crockenberg

  2. I have many fond memories of Uncle Jimmy. They all revolve around the fact that he was a man of few words and great character. His legacy is his extended family of wonderful people left behind. We will miss him.

  3. Uncle Jim was a true role model for me- and he is a big part of the reason I joined the Marine Corps. I grew up knowing that I had a true hero for an uncle… and as an adult, I fully realized what he did for his country. On top of that, he was a fantastic family man and father… What a great human being!

    I miss him and my heart and prayers are with my Dent family!!

    Love Always,
    Kurt

  4. ken and family — donita and i just wonted you to know how very sorry we are for your loss, GOD be with you and bless you. love firn(sunshine plantscaping)

  5. God grant him eternal peace. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
    Love, The Grinstead Family

  6. I have many fond memories of Uncle Jim. One of the fun ones was when I came home from Marine Corp boot camp and played frisbee with him. I also appreciated the opportunity to work at “The Station” when I was a teen. I’ll miss him and know that he is now in a pain free place with those he loves that went before.
    Love,
    Steve G.

  7. Dear Mrs. Dent and Family, especially those of you with whom I went to PCH, taught at Seton and Dan and Roland-
    What a beautiful family and what a beautiful tribute to your husband and father! You will be in heart and prayers,
    Sincerely,
    John

  8. Dear Kenny and all your family, sorry about losing your father.How fortunate you are to have had such a wonderful father in your lives. He had to be special to produce such sweet sons.
    Dee Dee

  9. I only met your dad once but enjoyed the experience. Our condolences to the family and especially Danny, Roland & Loretta.
    Love,
    Helen & Mickey

  10. Dent Family
    Joyce, Dennis, and the rest of the Vigil Family send their sincerest regrets on the passing Of Mr. Dent.

  11. To the Dent family,
    Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of James Howard Dent.
    His commitment to his family and customers was an inspiration to many in the business community.

  12. Dear Roland, Ms. Dent, rest of Dent Family,
    I want to express my sincerest condolences on the passing of Mr. Dent. I wish I could be there to say my wishes in person but I am undergoing , yet, another knee surgery on THursday and will be in the hospital for a few days. I hope you know how I felt about Mr. Dent. He was a great role model for me and I still tell stories of things he taught me. Whether it was about cars or about life. Roly and Danny I will be in to say hi at the station once I am up and around.
    Respectfully
    Dennis Vigil

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