Kent
Greenhalgh, Kent Leon, a 50 year resident of Torrance, passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2011 in Long Beach. Born in Hastings, NE, Kent was 61 years young when he passed. Please help us in celebrating the life of our amazing father. Our dad, to know him was to love him; he was kind and generous to everyone he met. He had the biggest smile and laugh that touched so many lives. Everyone who ever had the honor to know him will always remember that laugh. He loved to swim and lay in the beautiful sunlight of southern California. Many will remember him and many more will hear the beautiful stories about him, told by those who knew him. No one will forget those beautiful blue eyes. Kent is survived by son, Keith Greenhalgh of Anchorage, AK; daughter, Krista Palmer, of Dayton, NV; step-daughter, Tind Deboard of Layton, Utah; brother Wayne; sisters Kathy and Patty; three grandchildren, Holden, Christian & Kaylee; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents Earl and Virginia Greenhalgh, brother Steve and wives Barbara and Joanie. Holden chose this poem for his Grandfather A Light is Gone A light is from our household gone, A voice we loved is stilled. A place is vacant in our home Which never can be filled. We have to mourn the loss of one We did our best to save. Beloved on earth, regretted still, Remembered in the grave. 'Twas hard to part with one do dear, We little thought the time was near Farewell, dear one, your life is past, Our love for you till the end will last. This was sent to us and we wanted to share with everyone. I am not gone I remain here beside you Just in a different form Look for me in your heart And there you will find me ...in our love which forever lives on In those moments when you feel alone Look for me in your thoughts And there you will find me in sweet memories that burn strong Every time a tear Forms in your beautiful eyes Look up to the heavens And there you will see me Smiling down from God's glorious skies We will have a private family Memorial of Life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Wells House Hospice Foundation: 245 Cherry Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802 in Kent's name.

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  1. He was a great father and taught me some important lessons that prepared me for life. You have to work hard to earn the things that you want and to cherish them when you do. He was a giving man that would always help others and I try to emulate this quality in my life. He will be missed by many and his memories I will carry with me all of my days.

  2. Keith my family’s condolences. May he rest in peace and God give you and your family peace after this great loss.

  3. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead. Keith, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  4. To write what Keith and I did was hard. How do you sum up a man’s life in a few paragraphs? For those of you that knew our dad, you will remember the things we do. His smile, laugh and eyes. He gave me the greatest gift anyone could have ever asked for, by being my dad. Those of you that didn’t know him, but know our family. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the thoughts, prayers and support. It means the world to us. We love you all. Krista, Kaylee & Gary

  5. Kent will surley be missed. Steve would tell me all the stories of growing up in Torrance as kids and he had striking blue eyes and blonde hair ( just like a california man). I will miss him and I know he is with his family right now in heaven. Keep an eye on us here on this earth kent. May you rest in peace my dear brother-in-law. Nancy

  6. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your entire family!!! Kent is in a much better place. Always remember he loved both of you very much and he would want you to be happy and have a fun, happy life!

  7. G, you know your Alaska family is so sorry for your loss. There is no doubt you will carry on your Fathers legacy of that great smile.

  8. Kent was a special first cousin that was always interested in me and my family and remembered everything you told him about what was happening in your life. I looked up to him as a leader in our group of first cousins…he truly knew what it meant to care about others. I will miss him a lot and wish I could have said goodbye…

  9. My dearest Uncle Kent. So loved and missed. I will always remeber your wonderful deep laugh that by measure could never be matched. Also those rides in your Nova. The happy times spent at my house, where you insisted on pitchin’ a tent in my backyard for your hotel, even tough there was plenty of room inside. Always a giver you were. I will always treasure the times we spent together. I have looked at the pictures of all our mini family reunions over and over, I will cherish those for enternity. I can’t say enough about your dedication to the family and the love you had for your family. It was always felt. Now as you are with all our family that has gone before us please be sure to give my dad a special hug from me and be sure to have a Budwieser in the 19th hole with him. All my love Kim and family.

  10. My Great uncle Kent, when I think of you all I can do is smile. You have entered Heaven and the Heavens are so blessed to have a man like you there. Iam so greatful for the time that I got to spend with you before your passing. Freddy has drank a few budweisers for you. Eventhough you will not be able to meet baby Isaac,I will tell him about his Great Great Uncle and what a wonderful giving man you were. I will miss you so much and we will meet again one day. Love you Love Tracie

  11. Kent, I am so glad that you are finally at peace. I know you are in good hands with all the loved ones that have gone before you. Thank you for being the loving devoted person that you were. I wish you had been nicer to yourself, but you were always there for those who needed you. I will never forget our fun times together. You were there when I got my first royal flush. No one has, or ever will have a laugh exactly like yours. You will always be in our hearts and are greatly missed. Love you!

  12. Kent, Be at peace dear friend.I shall not forget the days of blasting all over LA. What a great time of life, a great job, beer breaks and all those conversations we had. I shall never for get one great day of work with you, Steve, Wayne and Earl. 18 holes of blasting that little white pill and the education that went with it. The three of you were quite the troop that day. Thanks again bro for all that you did for me. Semper Fi

  13. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We loved Kent very much and will miss his laughter. Kenny and Karla

  14. Kent was a very thoughtful nephew, who took the time to call me several times a year just to check on us. We always enjoyed visiting with him and looked forward to his calls. We will always remember his great sense of humor and making everyone joyful around him.

  15. Kent Greenhalgh was a remarkable cousin that had so much love and concern for his family. He had a big smile that made everyone happy around him. I remember his family growing up on the farm north of Guide Rock and it seemed he and his brothers kept his parents very busy with the typical childhood pranks. He loved playing jokes and he loved to have fun. He was a “special” cousin. God Bless his family!!!

  16. Kent was a special cousin. I remember trying to watch him and his brothers on the farm. He would climb the windmill and just look down and laugh at me. He always had a smile and loved to play jokes on everyone. He will be missed by all.

  17. The Greenhalgh family has lost another very special brother. To know Kent was to love him. That smile and laugh,we will always remember, and miss! But we all have special memories of Kent that will forever live in our hearts. We are so sorry for your loss, and pray that God will help all of you through this difficult time.

  18. My cousin, Kent, is one of the neatest men I have ever known. He, his brothers and sisters were so fun to be around. When they were young, I was often their babysitter. They were a handful!! He had that delightful laugh even then. Kent was always so welcoming and friendly when I visited his parents in Torrance. My brothers, Richard and Ron, and I always had a special connection to your family because Uncle Earl lived with us some of the time before his met his “Ginny”. Kent always made his Aunt Emma laugh and she so enjoyed seeing him. I always thought Kent looked more handsome than the billboard “Marlboro Man” who was so famous years ago. There is no doubt he was loved by everyone in his large extended family. The last time I saw Kent was at the family reunion. He will certainly be missed this year! My best wishes to all of his family; he loved you all.

  19. What do you say about such a warm and generous person who always helped those in need? That was Kent, my kind, sweet and handsome brother. He always had his good looks , his big heart and his most special and contagious laugh that made the world brighter and a better place to live in. I fondly remember times he protected me and took care of me and loved me and all our family. Thank you for teaching me to laugh and not always take life so seriously. Keep an eye on our other departed loved ones my precious brother and friend. I have received so many sweet stories from friends and family who also love you and we have all been blessed by you. Thank you for your life of giving. I love you. “Lil Sis”.

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