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Richard William Lents, of Cathage, Tennessee, passed away at 9:05 a.m. Sept. 1.
He was born in Washington on March 31, 1931, to Frank W. and Matilda B. (Meyer) Lents.
Dick was a 1949 graduate of Washington High School. He worked for Raney's Plumbing and Heating. In 1949, he entered the Army National Guard. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1956 and served in Ford Hood, Texas, Presidio of Monterey, California, and Paris, France. He was a member of American Legion Post 1 in Paris and Post 121 in Washington. He worked as the city of Washington water superintendent. He was a partner in Lents and Stafford Construction, a self-employed plumber and building contractor and a talented wood craftsman. He spent two years in Zaire, Africa, building electric power generating station and towers.
He is survived by daughters Nancy Jean Lents, Diana Lynn Evans, Darlene Glass and Marlene Newton; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; sisters Frances Petty, Rosemary Richard and Sue Ann Doyle.
He is preceded by his parents; sons Richard Lents and Greg Lents at birth; one great-grandson at birth; and brothers Donald Lents at birth, Bill J. Lents, Thomas G. Lents; and sister Mildred Overton.
Dick was cremated and a Celebration of Life service is planned for Saturday at 2 p.m. at the American Legion Post 121 in Washington.
Published on September 30, 2016
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