November 11, 1941 – October 6, 2019
Kent Leroy Farley, age 77, of Newton, Illinois, passed away at 3:04 AM – Sunday, October 6, 2019, at his home.
Funeral services celebrating Kent’s life will be held at 10:00 AM - Friday, October 11, 2019, at the First Baptist Church in Newton, Illinois, with Rev. Steve Willis officiating. Burial will be in the Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Newton, Illinois. Visitation will be held 5:00 - 8:00 PM - Thursday, October 10, 2019, at the church.
In loving memory of Kent, memorials may be made to the Kent L. Farley Memorial Scholarship. Arrangements are under the care of the Meyer Funeral Home in Newton, Illinois. The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at www.meyerfh.com.
Kent was born on November 11, 1941, in Olney, Illinois, the son of Clyde and Lois (Harrison) Farley. He graduated from Newton Community High School in 1959. Kent married Sandra Hildebrand on February 3, 1963, at the Willow Hill United Methodist Church in Willow Hill, Illinois.
Kent started working as an insurance agent at the age of 21. In 1970, he and Sandra purchased the Marshall Insurance Agency in Yale. In 1971, they purchased the Johnson- Kellogg Agency in Newton. Over the next 48 years, they purchased several other insurance agencies. The Farley Insurance Agency grew into a true family business, as his brother Gary, sons Tim, Chad and grandson Matt joined the agency.
Kent was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Newton. He was also a member the Newton Masonic Lodge #216, Ainad Shrine Temple, Jasper County Shrine Club, 50 plus year member of the Olney Elks, Moose Lodge, National Sporting Clay Association and the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois where he served as a past regional director.
Kent enjoyed hunting, sporting clays, fishing and playing golf.
He shared these hobbies with his grandchildren and could always be seen at their sporting events.
Kent is survived by:
Wife of 56 years – Sandra Farley of Newton, Illinois
Sons -Tim (Michele) Farley and Chad (Holly) Farley both of Newton, Illinois
Grandchildren - Lea (Matt) Creadore, Cole Farley, Ross Farley and Luke Farley
Great Grandchild- Colin Creadore
Brother- Gary (Diane) Farley of Newton, Illinois
Sister-in-law – Glendeth Meese of Avon Park, Florida
Brother-in-laws - Norman (Pat) Hildebrand and
Vernon (Martha) Hildebrand both of Newton, Illinois
Kent was preceded in death by his parents, and his father and mother-in-law Clarence and Hazel Hildebrand.