Carl P. Kentner

Carl Preston Kentner passed away on January 17, 2024 at the age of 98 ½ years.   He lived a full life and went home to be with his Lord.

Carl was born on June 8, 1925 in Elkhart, Indiana, the youngest son of Chester and Pauline Kentner.  He attended rural Indiana schools and graduated from Goshen High School in 1943.  Upon graduation from high school, he was drafted and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.   He was employed with Michigan Farm Bureau, then with Michigan Pharmaceutical Association and finally with Michigan Automotive Parts Association.   Upon retirement, he volunteered for over 20 years as Docent at the Michigan State Capitol.   It became his home away from home.

Carl married Doralee Powell on September 27, 1952.  She predeceased him on October 7, 2013.

Surviving him are three of his four children and spouses: Lynn and Edith Kentner, of Lansing; Nancy (Kentner) Thane, of Caro; and, Thomas and Shirl (Kentner) Streukens of Murphy, North Carolina. Further, surviving grandchildren: Kathryn and Robert Swick, Sarah Kentner, Scott and Natalie Kentner, Curtis and Katharyn Kentner, Justin Kentner, Hannah and Christopher Zablocki, Dwayne and Emily Lindsey, Hunter Thane and Alexander Streukens, as well as 10 great-grandchildren.  Along with his spouse, his son, Neil Kentner, daughter-in-law Connie Kentner and son-in-law Kevin Thane predeceased him.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at Christ Community Church, 227 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing, MI.  Interment will Naval honors will be 11:00 a.m. Monday. April 15, 2024 at Fort Custer National Cemetery, 15501 Dickman Rd., Augusta, MI 49012.

Those planning an expression of sympathy or remembrance are asked to consider a memorial contribution to The State of Michigan/Save the Flags, attention to: Matt VanAcker, Director/Curator Save the Flags, Michigan State Capitol, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, Michigan 48909.

Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.


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Mike Stears
January 18, 2024 at 6:03 pm

Sorry for the loss of a great guy. Uncle Carl has always held a special place in my heart.

Matt VanAcker
January 19, 2024 at 8:39 am

Carl was an inspiration to me and all those whose lives he touched in his family, his professional career and also his volunteer work at the State Capitol. His was a life well lived and he will be greatly missed.

Pam Arbour Begoske
January 19, 2024 at 9:24 am

Carl was a resident of Delta Retirement Center, where my mother also lives. I met Carl there and he was so pleasant and friendly. I would often see him sitting in the big living room there, and I would stop and chat. I loved hearing stories about his life. He was so very proud to be a veteran! My condolences to his family. He was a wonderful person who will be remembered for the legacy he created and lived to the fullest! Bless you all!

Judy Chamberlain
January 19, 2024 at 4:42 pm

Carl was an inspiration to all who knew him. I will always remember his smile, stories and gentleness. He was so proud to have served our country. He really enjoyed his time as a Docent at the Michigan State Capitol. We know we will see him again. He is at home with his Lord and with Doralee, the love of his life. They were two very special people. God bless you.

Patricia Touse
January 19, 2024 at 5:15 pm

So very sorry to hear about Carl he was a great person enjoyable to be around, great sense of humor, interesting to talk to and I could go on and on but I am sure he will be missed. My condolences to you all.
Pat Touse


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