Kent A. Jahnke
Oct. 17, 1955 Ė Feb. 27, 2019
Kent A. Jahnke, age 63, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 27,
2019 with his family by his side.
Kent was born on Oct. 17, 1955, in Milwaukee to Frederick and Shirley
(nee Behnke) Jahnke and then the family moved to Hartford in 1963. He
graduated from Hartford Union High School class of 1973. He married
Wendy (nee Kurer) on Jan. 9, 1982. Kent was a regional sales manager in
large construction equipment until retiring in 2011. Kent and Wendy then
founded Benaiah Ranch, which was a place that offered opportunities to
heal the broken, soothe the worried, and strengthen the weak in a
judgment-free environment. Their mission was to serve, mentor, and
inspire at-risk youths and families, and veterans of war.
Kent traveled all over the United States, Canada, and Mexico and made
many lifelong friends through his work. He loved being outdoors and
taking his family camping, boating, and on road trips across the country
to see firsthand the beauty of Godís creation. Kent felt closest to God
when he was outdoors and in nature. He was a strong man with a soft
heart. His desire was to serve the Lord and hold the hand of every soul
that seemed lost, broken, or in need of protection. With his strong
faith, he would reassure everyone that all will be OK. ďGodís got it.Ē
With the support of family and friends, Kent and Wendy will pass the
mission of Benaiah Ranch into the hands of Cedar Springs Church in
Slinger, where it will become the Benaiah Center.
Kent is survived by his wife, Wendy; children Jeffrey (Catherine), and
Tracy (Paul) Peterson. He is further survived by his grandchildren
Josslyn, Chloe, and Julia Jahnke, Chase, Maxx, Taylor and Brady
Peterson; brother, Keith (Lois) Jahnke; mother-in-law, Evelyn Kurer;
brothers- in-law William (Mary) Kurer, Mike (Lori) Kurer; sisters-
in-law Jeri (Chester) Filo, Holly (Tim) Graef; nieces, nephews, other
relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents;
father-in-law, William Kurer; brother-in-law Robert Kurer; and
sister-in-law Christy Kurer.
A funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the
Phillip Funeral Home Chapel of West Bend with Pastor John Bass
presiding. Interment will take place at Wisconsin Memorial Park.
Visitation will be on Saturday, March 9, from 10:00 a.m. until time of
service at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Kentís honor are
appreciated to the Benaiah Center at
A special thank-you to The Kramer Cancer Center and Heartland Hospice,
especially Laura and Jackie for their compassionate and loving care for
Kent in his home and for their support for his family.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. For
further information, call 262-338-2050 or visit