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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Kent Schvaneveldt, who left this world on January 31, 2024, after a brief but difficult battle with cancer. He was 66 years old.
Born on March 2, 1957, in Neuebrucke, Germany, Kent was a beloved son, brother, husband, dad, grandpa, and friend. This unsung hero touched the lives of many with his kindness compassion, and unwavering love.
Kent grew up in a military household and lived in many places around the world. He was an adventurous boy and sought out adventures every place he lived. He hiked across Taiwan, went to Scout Camp in the Philippines, and hiked the Appalachian Trail. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a proselyting mission in Kobe, Japan, from ages 19-21. Kent married his high school sweetheart Lori on April 28, 1979. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of New Mexico. Following graduation, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and began a career in the Army to realize his dream of becoming a pilot. He earned his wings and flew both helicopters and airplanes, including the Scout, Huey, Mohawk, and C-12. He rose through the ranks, serving in many leadership positions, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 23 years of service. He then dedicated his talents to the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) Boeing where he continued to serve the country up to his passing. Among his years at DCMA, he volunteered to serve overseas multiple times in Afghanistan, and—due to his cancer diagnosis—was forced to return from Germany this past November where he was helping with the Ukrainian war effort.
Kent’s true hobby was his work, but he also loved to fish and spend time in nature in his free time. He loved to travel and be with his family. His grandchildren were his world, and he made each of them feel so special. He had a great sense of humor, and you couldn’t help but feel uplifted whenever he was in the room.
He is survived by his wife Lori; children: Heidi (Scott) and Devin; grandchildren: Andin, Emmi, Cambria, Jake, Mara, and Vivienne; parents: Noel and Margaret Schvaneveldt; siblings: Cindy (Bruce), Scott (Denise), Lisa (Drew), Brent (Annette), Jay (Gina), Linda (Chris), Judy (Greg), and Jenifer (Mason); and a host of relatives and friends who will forever cherish his memory.
Please join us in celebrating the life of Kent as we remember the joy he brought to our lives. He lived his life in the service of his country and his family. The memorial service will be held at 10:30am on February 12, 2024, at 48 Main Street in Snowflake, Arizona. Military Honors will be given at 12:00pm graveside at 390 South 4th Street West, immediately following the memorial service.
Not many people get to receive two sets of wings—his first set as a pilot in the Army and now his second as his soul has flown above to rest in eternal peace. May we find peace in the knowledge that he is no longer in pain and may the memories of his life bring comfort and strength to those who mourn his passing.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to World Central Kitchen in Kent’s honor. WCK is first to the frontlines, providing fresh meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises. In the early months of the Ukraine invasion, WCK served millions of fresh meals to Ukrainian families fleeing home as well as people remaining in the country. Now, they are supporting frontline communities in eastern and southern Ukraine where the need for food is urgent: https://donate.wck.org/give/499865/#!/donation/checkout
“When we lose someone we love, we must learn not to live without them, but to live with the love they left behind.”—Unknown