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Kenton H. Hilton 1961-2017

March 7, 2017
Emmetsburg News

GARDNER, KS -- Kenton Harry Hilton, age 55, of Linn Valley, KS passed away on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 at the University of Kansas Hospital surrounded by the love of his family and friends after a courageous battle with angiosarcoma, a very rare form of cancer.

Kent was born May 27, 1961 to Seiri Marie (Johnson) Hilton and Harry L. Hilton in Laurens. After losing both parents at a very young age, Kent was blessed with Darlene and Leonard Johnson of Emmetsburg and their children as his loving family. Kent had a special buddy in life whom he loved and respected; his name was Leonard, but he called him Dad.

Kent received an associate degree in Architectural Engineering and Structural Design from Western Iowa Tech. After graduation, Kent set out together with his wife, Lori Renae, to make Kansas their home. He owned and operated Kent Hilton Painting for many years before passing the business to his son, Jonas.

For the last 11 years Kent strived to build a successful career as a supervisor at The Home Depot. He truly loved his work and took immense pride in everything he set his mind to.

He moved to Linn Valley, KS in 2014 where he enjoyed the quiet outdoors with his family on the lake. He was an avid woodworker and sports fan. He treasured spending time with his family and visits from his granddaughter, Bristol. Kent's personality could be described as graceful, quiet and thoughtful, but he also had a dry sense of humor with a flair for practical jokes.

Kent was preceded in death by his parents, Seiri Marie Hilton, Harry L Hilton, and Leonard Johnson. He leaves behind a loving wife of 34 years, Lori Renae (Ansel) Hilton; his four children Jonas Kenton (Rachael) Hilton of Gardner, KS, Jacob Niles Hilton of Texarkana, TX, Jericho Andy Hilton of San Diego, CA, Seiriana Beth Hilton of Linn Valley, KS and granddaughter Bristol Grace Hilton. He is also survived by his loving mother, Darlene Johnson of Emmetsburg; his siblings, Steven Hilton of California, Judy Curry of Des Moines, Roger Hilton of Boone, Doug Hilton Iowa, Michael Hilton (Conni) of Delaware, OH, David Johnson (Anne) of Emmetsburg, Cheryl Johnson of Emmetsburg, Diane Johnson of Emmetsburg, Clifford Johnson (Nancy) of Waterloo, Linda Anania (Thomas) of Des Moines, and Paul Johnson (Virginia) of Mankato, MN.

Memorial Service was held Saturday, March 4, at Bruce Funeral Home in Gardner, KS.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions to be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ( or the Wounded Warrior Project ( Kent was exceedingly patriotic and supportive of our veterans. He also loved children and couldn't imagine a child experiencing the pain he went through with cancer.

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