Robert Kent Wangsgard
June 2, 1940 ~ September 11, 2022
Kent Wangsgard passed away at home in Ogden, Utah. Born June 2, 1940 in Boston, Massachusetts to Robert and Patricia Wallace Wangsgard, Kent grew up in Ogden with his parents and sisters Lynne, Jo Ann, and Ruth.
He loved being on the Louis and Ione Wangsgard Huntsville farm with his dad and grandfather, spending many wonderful days on the range ground and family property. 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 few original fast-food places in Ogden Valley, the Ski Inn. Carole and Kent were married for 58 years before her passing in February 2021.
Kent joined the U.S. Army Adjutant General Corps, and was stationed throughout the US including, Indiana, Oklahoma, and Fort Dix, New Jersey. He enjoyed his time in the army.
Kent and Carole came back to Ogden where he worked for a time at the Bon Marche as a manager and then with his father at Stimson's Markets. He built and operated six Kar Kwik convenience stores throughout Ogden, coming up with many innovative ideas that became standard in the convenience store industry.
Kent and Carole were the proud parents of Ben and Karlyn. Kent was always up for a family adventure to out of the way places, especially in the deserts of Utah and the West.
A Scout master for many years, he took scouts from the 77th Ward on many well-planned adventures, canoeing down the Snake River, hiking Coyote Gulch and exploring the high Uintahs, among other places. He brought them all back home safe as well!
An active member in the Ogden community, he belonged to the Kiwanis Club, Ogden Executives Club, and Lake Bonneville Boy Scout Council, and was an extraordinary leader on the Huntsville Irrigation Board for 30 years. He was a Wildcat fan and Wildcat Club member, picking out his tickets at the Dee Event Center before it was built. He didn't miss a game and traveled to many out of state games. Kent verified many thousands of items of map data for the USGS and enjoyed meeting interesting people online or over the phone in out of the way places.
Having been taught by his machinist grandfather Jack Wallace of Rock Springs, Kent set up his own machine shop and always had several projects going. He was also a master at needlepoint and filled his and Carole's home with beautiful works of art.
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 4th of July celebrations. He especially enjoyed taking the grills to various rest stops in Utah and Wyoming providing complimentary hamburgers, hot dogs and hot chocolate chip cookies to travelers.
He planned and organized many motorcycle trips across the dirt roads and trails of Utah with family and friends. People were amazed at the level of detail and organization he put into these trips. He was an expert map-reader and coordinator long before cell phones and GPS.
He loved to hear and especially to tell stories. He had so many. He had an amazing memory and amazing experiences. His family and friends looked to him for advice and help on almost everything.
Kent cared for his wife Carole for many years. He made sure she had a wonderful life and took her many places that would have seemed difficult for others. He loved her and was lost when she passed. 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 expresses deep gratitude to Dad’s caregiver Chantel Lyman. She has been a wonderful friend and caregiver to both of our parents for many years. We appreciate his medical providers and Symbii Hospice; he was especially fond of Rileigh. We are grateful for the many extended family, friends and neighbors who have been a great support 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 may visit with family on Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary. Interment, Huntsville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the YCC Family Crisis Center, Ogden.
Services will be live-streamed and available the day of the services by scrolling to the bottom of Kent’s obituary page at: www.lindquistmortuary.com, where condolences may also be shared.