June 2, 1940 – September 11, 2022
Kent Wangsgard died at home in Ogden, Utah. Kent was born on June 2, 1940 in Boston, Massachusetts to Robert and Patricia Wallace Wangsgard and grew up in Ogden with his parents and sisters Lynne, Jo Ann and Ruth.
He loved being with his father and grandfather on Louis and Ione Wangsgard Huntsville’s farm and spending many wonderful days on the pasture and family estate. He graduated from Ogden High in 1958 and from Utah State in 1962 with a major in business administration.
Kent married Carole Kay Wood on January 12, 1963. They met while she was working at one of the Ogden Valley’s few original fast food restaurants, the Ski Inn. Carole and Kent were married for 58 years before passing in February 2021.
Kent joined the U.S. Army’s Adjutant General Corps and was stationed across the United States, including Indiana, Oklahoma and Fort Dix, New Jersey. He enjoyed his time in the army.
Kent and Carole returned to Ogden where he worked for a time as a manager at the Bon Marche and then with his father at Stimson’s Markets. He built and operated six Kar Kwik convenience stores across Ogden and developed many innovative ideas that became standard in the convenience store industry.
Kent and Carole were the proud parents of Ben and Karlyn. Kent has always been up for a family adventure in remote locations, especially in the deserts of Utah and the West.
As a longtime Boy Scout Master, he has taken Boy Scouts from the 77th District on many well-planned adventures, including canoeing the Snake River, hiking Coyote Gulch and exploring the high Uintahs. He also got them all home safely!
An active member of the Ogden community, he has served on the Kiwanis Club, the Ogden Executives Club, and the Lake Bonneville Boy Scout Council, and was an outstanding leader on the Huntsville Irrigation Board for 30 years. He was a Wildcat fan and a member of the Wildcat Club and picked his tickets at the Dee Event Center before it was built. He never missed a game and has traveled to many out-of-state games. Kent verified many thousands of chart records for the USGS and enjoyed meeting interesting people online and over the phone in remote locations.
Kent, who was tutored by his grandfather Jack Wallace of Rock Springs, set up his own machine shop and always had several projects going. He was also a master at embroidery and filled his and Carole’s home with beautiful artwork.
He planned and organized Breakfast in the Park for many years with the help of hundreds of volunteers and his good friend Phil Halverson. Together they made several portable grills to feed the thousands of visitors to Huntsville for the Fourth of July celebrations. He particularly enjoyed delivering the grills to various rest stops in Utah and Wyoming and offering travelers free hamburgers, hot dogs, and hot chocolate chip cookies.
He planned and organized many motorcycle trips with family and friends on Utah’s dirt roads and trails. People were amazed at the level of detail and organization he put into these trips. He was an experienced card reader and coordinator long before cell phones and GPS came along.
He loved hearing stories and especially telling them. He had so many. He had an amazing memory and amazing experiences. His family and friends looked to him for advice and help with almost everything.
Kent took care of his wife Carole for many years. He made sure that she had a wonderful life and took her to many places that would have seemed difficult to others. He loved her and was lost when she died. They were a great team.
Kent is survived by his son Ben Wangsgard (Laura); daughter, Karlyn Mosier (Stephen); grandchildren, Mistie, Morgan, Sara, Amanda, Samantha, Eli, Sammi and Alyssa; six great-grandchildren; Sisters, Lynne Sadler (Richard); Jo Crane (Al), Ruth Nielsen (Art); and in-laws, Suzie Ferre (Max), Becky Wood, Willow Buttars (Alan); and Ruth Bourne (Kirk).
The family extends their deepest gratitude to Dad’s caregiver, Chantel Lyman. She has been a wonderful friend and reference person for both of our parents for many years. We value its medical providers and the Symbii Hospice; he was particularly fond of Rileigh. We are grateful for the many relatives, friends and neighbors who have supported him throughout his life.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. Friends can visit the morgue with family on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Burial, Huntsville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the YCC Family Crisis Center, Ogden.
Worship services are streamed live and are available on the day of the service by scrolling to the bottom of Kent’s obituary page at www.lindquistmortuary.com where condolences can also be expressed.