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G. Kent Maes

April 15, 1933 - June 4, 2017
Racine, WI

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G. Kent Maes, 84, passed away peacefully at Froedtert Hospital, Wauwatosa, WI on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

He was born in Green Bay, WI, on April 15, 1933, the son of the late Gordon J. and Phyllis (nee: Heintz) Maes. He was a 1951 graduate of Central Catholic High School (now Notre Dame Academy) in Green Bay. He furthered his education at Marquette University, graduating with a BS degree in Business Administration, in 1955.

He was especially proud of his military service in the US Navy aboard the USS Chemung, a fleet tanker which fueled other ships and aircraft, while plying the waters of the Asian Pacific during the Suez Crisis, 1956.

Kent was united in marriage to Katie Vander Zanden, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, in Green Bay, on September 24, 1960.

He enjoyed a long career in logistics beginning at Olson Transportation Company and later Leicht Transfer & Storage Company, both in Green Bay; and subsequently in La Crosse, WI, at Trane Company. In 1970, Kent moved his family to Racine, when he began working at Jockey International in Kenosha. He retired from Jockey after nearly 25 years. Later, he retired a second time from Ambrosia Chocolate (W.R. Grace & Company), in Milwaukee.

Kent was a long-time member of St. Lucy Catholic Church and more recently of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Katie. He is further survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Laurie and Louis Benvenuti, Racine, in addition to other relatives and many dear friends in Racine, Kenosha, La Crosse and Green Bay.

In honoring Kent’s wishes, private family services were held. Interment at Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be scheduled at a later date. For those wishing to honor Kent in a special way, memorials to Marquette University College of Business Administration, Ascension Wisconsin-All Saints Foundation and Froedtert Hospital Foundation are suggested.

Kent’s family extends a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Andrew Konicek and the entire ER team, Dr. Paul Durbin and Dr. Robert Gullberg at Ascension Wisconsin-All Saints, Caledonia and Medix EMS staff, as well as the Trauma, SICU, and Palliative Care physicians, nurses and allied health professionals at Froedtert Hospital, for their exceptional care. May God Bless each of you today and always.

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