Kent Allen Abendroth


Published Apr 30, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

May 18, 1943 - April 21, 2013

Kent Allen Abendroth, 69, of Reedsport, OR, went to be with Jesus on April 21, 2013, following a brief but heroic battle with cancer. Friends and family surrounded his bed and sang him into heaven.

Kent was born on May 18, 1943, in Portland, OR, to Telore Abendroth and Dorothy Moorhead Abendroth. He spent his formative years on the Oregon coast, and in Caldwell, ID. He never outgrew his love of the ocean.

He attended Caldwell High and graduated from Taft High School, in what is now Lincoln City. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He went on to Oregon State University, Multnomah Bible School and Everett Community College.

In 1970, he met his beloved wife, Sandra Ann Jensen. They married in June of 1972 in Bellingham, WA. Kent and Sandy lived in Oregon, Washington, Texas and Montana, most recently settling back on the Oregon coast.

Kent's career was dedicated to his passions: radio broadcasting and missions work. His interests were varied and he seemed to know something about everything. From an early age he was interested in railroads and ham radio, and took part in Civil Air Patrol and various search and rescue groups. His time off was spent mountain climbing with brother-in-law, Steve Kaufman, hikiing/backpacking, camping and running.

Preaching and teaching God's word was a great importance to him. Most recently he was involved in Toastmasters, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Harbor Baptist Church Bard and pastoral search committee, and other local volunteer work.

Kent is survived by his wife, Sandy Abendroth of Reedsport; daughters, Crystal Peterson (husband, Paul) of Spokane, WA, and Amy Abendroth of Missoula, MT; grandchildren, Will, Mia and Sawyer Peterson; sisters, Nancy Conroy of Portland, Corinne Broderick of Bend, Janet Kaufman of Bend and Wendy Rawls of Shaw Island, WA; and a very large extended family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Telore; mother, Dorothy Abendroth Hill; brother, Terrell (Terry) Abendroth.

A celebration of Kent's life will be held Saturday, June 22, at Harbor Baptist Church in Winchester Bay, OR. In lieu of flowers, tax deductible donations may be made to Distant Shores Media, P.O. Box 19229, Minneapolis, MN 55419, or to Harbor Baptist Church Missions Fund, c/o Edna Peck, Treasurer, 715 Broadway Ave., Winchester Bay, OR 97467.