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Kent E. Buchholz

June 12, 1938 - October 17, 2022

Kent E. Buchholz Kent E. Buchholz
    October 22, 2022 | 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.
  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church
    1145 N. 5th Avenue
    St. Charles, Illinois 60174
  • Funeral
  • October 22, 2022 | 10:00 A.M.
  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church
    1145 N. 5th Avenue
    St. Charles, Illinois 60174
  • Burial Location

Kent Buchholz, 84, died Monday, October 17th surrounded by his loving family. He was greatly loved by his wife, children, grandchildren and their families.

The son of Emil and Ella Buchholz, Kent was born on June 12, 1938, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. On January 13, 1978 he married Becky Ripley at Christus Victor Lutheran Church in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

Kent is survived by his wife Becky, daughters; Kim Hayworth, Julie Edwards, Heather Taylor and Heidi Dzik; 12 grandchildren; Jada, Alexandra, Jason, Ryan, Samantha, Ashley, Tyler, Connor, Stephanie, Lucas, Trenton and Bella; and dear nieces and nephews.

Kent was preceded in death by his son Daryl and daughter Kimberly Sendra.

In 1965, Kent emigrated from Canada and acquired a job with United Airlines. He worked as a mechanic/ground communications employee for 38 years. It was his job to “keep the planes in the air!”

Kent was a devoted man with unending pride for his family. He took time and intent over the years to know each of his children and grandchildren, to find and nourish their strengths and passions. Kent used his gifts of learning, teaching and ingenuity to share the wonders of life with each of his loved ones. The dedication and compassion he shared for his family was second to none. He will continue to be life’s truest gift for so many.

Kent’s Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, October 22nd at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1145 N. Fifth Avenue, St. Charles, IL, 60174, with Pastor Jean Duran officiating. Family and friends will gather for visitation at Bethlehem Lutheran Church from 9-10:00 A.M. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Kent’s memory may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

To leave an online condolence or remembrance to the family, visit Yurs Funeral Home’s obituary page at For more information, please call Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles, 630-584-0060.


Kevin Murphy from Skokie, IL

"Hi, Becky and Family;My deepest condolences. Like so many things we did together at United, I know Kent had his plans in place for this, too. I'm smiling now just thinking about our times together. He will be missed, my "Canuck Friend".I wish you all the blessings of the Lord's peace, comfort, and contentment during the days ahead.Kevin"

John and Julie Ripley from Elkhorn , WI

"Becky and family... Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband, Ken and a beloved dad and grandpa to many. May he rest in peace.John and Julie Ripley"

James Pollman from Arlington Heights, IL

"Dear Becky & Family- It was a honor to work with him and learn from him. His friendship meant out to me and all the guys at United. He will be missed. I'm just glad that we were able to see each other recently. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all!"

Frances, Neil Chapman from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, CA

"our sympathy and prayers to you Becky and the family. So glad to have some time with Kent and all this spring. we love you"

Ron & Mary Ann Lubben from Batavia, IL

"So glad we could share a few rides together. You will be missed."

Carol Chapman & Ken McBean from Calgary , Canada , AK

"Thinking of you all. Uncle Kent was a special person in my like. My fondest memories will always be the laughter we shared when the family gathered. I will remember his smile. Sending love from your Canada. Carol, Ken and Kiri."

Michele Buchholz from Gabriola Island Canada, WA

"My sincere condolences to you all. Ken will be missed. A light has gone out, but lives in each of you. Love to you all❤️"

Ron & Mary Ann Lubben from Batavia, IL

"I really enjoyed the rides that we took together. You will be missed."

Mike Lunebach from Crystal Lake, IL

"Dear Buchholz family, it is with great regret that I missed the passing of Kent. Kent was my best friend while I was with UAL. We spent countless hours discussing everything such as family life, politics, religion and you name it we talked it over. Kent actually lived two doors down from me when I was a boy and he was sharing a home with a couple other single men for a while. Kent was a mechanical genius. He could do anything. If there was anyone I would want to be stuck on an island with other than my own beautiful wife it would be Kent because he was skilled at so many things. I parted ways with UAL shortly after Kent retired and only got to see Kent one more time as distance and lack of opportunity prevailed. Kent was one of the kindest family men anyone would want to meet. When I was out of town, Kent would personally deliver my paycheck to my home so my family didn't need to go without. Kent and I travelled together around the UAL system many times. We never had a dull moment together as his wit and wisdom was always worth listening to. I know he is missed terribly. Kent, I hope we meet again my friend."

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