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W. Kent Werner

July 22, 1929 — October 29, 2020

CARBONDALE – W. Kent Werner, 91, of Murphysboro, passed away on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Kent was born on July 22, 1929 in Belleville to Warren and Ida (Stehfest) Werner.

Kent served his country in the US Airforce from 1951 – 1955. He received his degrees from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, University of Illinois and University of Iowa. He went on to work as a Professor of Music at McKendree College and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale until his retirement in 1989. He was a member of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association and board member of the SIU Alumni Association and Belleville Philharmonic. In addition he was an active member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Carbondale. He enjoyed radio controlled airplanes and was a founding member of Sky Squires.

Kent is survived by his sister, Carol Peck; and nephews, Barton, Joseph and James Peck. He is also survived by his lifetime friend Brooks Ladner.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Mass will be 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2020 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Carbondale with The Reverend Canon Dale Coleman, Rector of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Carbondale officiating with Father Robert Flannery assisting. Due to COVID-19 face masks and social distancing are required. Private Inurnment will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.

Memorials may be made to St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Carbondale.

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Friday, November 6, 2020

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

303 South Poplar Street, Carbondale, IL 62901

Due to COVID-19 face masks and social distancing are required.

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