George O. KENT passed away Aug. 12 at McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colo.
George was born in Dallas, Texas on June 12, 1935. George served in the Army Reserves
for four years and was with the Dallas Police Department for five years.
He pursued a career in country music, moving to Nashville and recording over
60 singles. He wrote many songs for Jim Reeves and other artists and performed
with Elvis, Buck Owens, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Music was his passion.
In 1980, he and his wife, Jeanne, purchased the Cow Palace in Fort Collins and
sold it in 1997. They then purchased land and began raising quarter and paint horses.
Along with his music, he enjoyed gardening and landscaping. He enjoyed his animals.
He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Edna and George Olen Kent; a brother,
Ronnie; and a sister, JoAnn Fletcher.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, of 39 years; son, Dr. Scott Spillmann (Lauren) of
Greensboro, N.C.; daughter, Kelly Barrett (Jeff) of Foley, Ala.; stepchildren, Scott
Melbye (Julie) of Loveland, Judge John Melbye (Cindy) of Bemidji, Minn.; and
grandchildren, Scott Ross, Kent, Celia, Taylor, Wayne, Kayla, Kendall, Grant and Paige.
George will be remembered for his generosity, sincerity and his passion for life.
A memorial service was held Aug. 13 at McKee Chapel. Memorial contributions maybe be
made to the Larimer County Humane Society, Parkinsonís Foundation and Hospice of
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