Obituary: Kent Eugene Applegate



Kent Eugene Applegate, 60, Noblesville, died Feb. 8 while holding hands with his wife, Chris, of 25 years, after a brief encounter with pancreatic cancer. He was born April 11, 1955 to the late Joseph and Maxine (Kidwell) Applegate in Anderson. He graduated from Madison Heights High School in Anderson.

Kent always had an interest in cars and got his first job as a mechanic when he was 16. He worked his way to become an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician, opening his first shop in Noblesville in 1981, Holt Muffler. As business increased, additional services became available and Kent’s Automotive was opened in Noblesville. Kent was a member of the Sons of the American Legion and the NRA. He loved riding his Harley and hovercraft and kept busy with his wife doing projects, like gardening, around their home. Kent never lost his sense of humor, in spite of the cancer being sudden and aggressive. He appreciated all the prayers and support from numerous friends and family.

In addition to his wife, Kent is survived by two daughters, Jessica (Steve) Hatfield of Alexandria, Ind., and Miki Blankenship of Fort Pierce, Fla.; four grandchildren, Christian, Taylor and Kenny Hatfield and Ryder Shoemaker; sisters, Terri (John) Johnson of Franklin, and Laura (Rex) Richards of Elkhart; and his brother, Brian Scott Applegate of Anderson.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 5635 W. 96th St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278.