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Raymond Gent

August 30, 1932 — May 27, 2023

South English


South English- Raymond Mathias Gent was born August 30, 1932, in Harper, Iowa, the son of Paul N & Mary (Clarahan) Gent. He graduated from Kinross High School in 1950. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. On June 22, 1955, Raymond was united in marriage to Donna Sorden in Kinross. They lived and farmed in the rural South English area. Raymond was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in North English. He enjoyed woodworking and he created (and Donna finished) many beautiful furniture items that were gifted to family and friends. Raymond died on Saturday, May 27, 2023, at his home near South English, at the age of 90 years.

Raymond is survived by his wife of 68 years Donna of South English; children Annette Gent, Matt Gent, Celeste (Shawn) Gallagher and Charles (Trisha Parizek) Gent; son-in-law Pat Sullivan; daughter-in-law Karen Gent; grandchildren Kevin (Cara) Sullivan, Kate Gallagher, Rory (Alex Asawa) Gallagher, Rachel (Caleb) DeBoer, Riley Gent, Karlee Parizek, Jacob Gent, Mason Gent & Sadie Parizek; great grandchildren: Morrigan Sullivan, Zoe Sullivan, Kylie Sullivan; sisters Henri O’Connell, Pauline McDonald, Ellen (Wayne) Morrison; brother Pat (Mary) Gent; sisters-in-law Shirley Gent, Jeanette Gent, Barb Gent and Elaine Sorden. He was preceded by his parents; children Nick, Melissa, Bernadette, George and Janet; a daughter-in-law Vicky Gent; brothers Dennis, Marvin, Hubert, John and Leo Gent; sister & brothers-in-law Karen Gent, Frank O’Connell, Frank McDonald and Bud (George Jr.) Sorden.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in North English. Burial will be in the St. Patrick’s Little Creek Cemetery, rural North English. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm with a Rosary Service at 4:00 pm at the Powell Funeral Home in North English. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Camp Courageous. Powell Funeral Home in North English is caring for Raymond and his family. Messages and tributes may be left at

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, May 31, 2023

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Powell Funeral Home-North English

116 West Broad St., North English, IA 52316

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Thursday, June 1, 2023

10:30 - 11:00 am (Central time)

St. Joseph Catholic Church - North English

774 W Broad St, North English, IA 52316

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