Kent Durenberger | Obituaries | Mankato Free Press

Kent Stephen Durenberger, 73, of North Mankato died on Sunday February 27, 2022 at MCHS – Mankato.

Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 12, 2022, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, North Mankato. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Friday, at Northview – North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato and one hour before church service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred at VINE, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, or School Sisters of Notre Dame.

Kent’s service will be streamed live on his obituary website, https://www.mankatomortuary.com/obituary/kent-durenberger

Kent was born on January 28, 1949, the 3rd of 7 children to Ralph J. and Mildred M. (Bundy) Durenberger in Mankato. He attended Mankato High School until the age of 16 when he began his apprenticeship as a pipe fitter at Local 561. He was a regular customer at the Country Kitchen where he was able to charm a waitress with his sharp mind. On October 9, 1971, Kent and Marilyn Hindt were married at the Newman Center in Mankato.

In October 1978, Kent and Marilyn started Mid-States Mechanical Services Inc. with a truck and a handful of tools he received from his father. In the 1990s, his children joined the company. Through their valued employees, they have served the industrial piping and insulation industry across the United States with current offices in Mankato and Joplin, Missouri.

He was a founding member of the Maverick Hockey Blue Line Club. Over the past few years, he has enjoyed not only home games, but also traveling with his family for many away games. Kent has spent many years dedicated to building and riding their recumbents. He also found great joy in volunteering as a driver for VINE.

Kent is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marilyn of North Mankato; two children, Danielle (Casey) Stedman and Kevin Durenberger all of Mankato; three grandchildren, Curran, Brody and Ava; Ava’s mother, Paige Durenberger of Mankato; five siblings, David Durenberger, Paul (Katherine) Durenberger all of Mankato, Louis (Jill) Durenberger of Wayzata, Neil Durenberger of St. Peter and Randy (Mimi) Durenberger of Lancaster, PA; many in-laws, nieces and nephews.
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Kent was predeceased by his parents; sister, Ann Chantler and her husband, Gary Chantler.

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