David Frank “Dave” Kentch Sr., 84, of De Soto died March 19, 2020, at Mercy Hospital St. Louis in Creve Coeur. Mr. Kentch was the owner/operator of D & J Auto Service in Eminence and D & J Zephyr of Festus. He was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Blackwell Masonic Lodge and the Eminence Masonic Lodge. He was born March 10, 1936, in Warrenton, the son of the late Victoria (Boisseau) and Oliver C. Kentch.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years Marlene “Joan” (Decker) Kentch; four sons: David F. (Barbara) Kentch Jr. of Festus, Gary Kentch of Bloomsdale, Dennis (Denise) Kentch of Lake Havasu, Ariz., and Donald (Marsha) Kentch Sr. of Festus; two daughters: Deborah Kentch of Eminence and Pam (Larry) Reynolds of Hillsboro; 16 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four brothers: Eugene S. (Barbara survives) Kentch Sr., Walter R. (the late Virginia) Kentch, John S. (the late Norma) Kentch and Allen C. (the late Janice) Kentch; and three sisters: Victoria (the late Mike) Hughes, Elizabeth (the late Harold) Hawkins and Barbara “Bernice” Bergholdt.
A graveside memorial service and burial with full military honors will be held at a later date at Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens in Crystal City. Memorials may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia, C/O American Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601; or to the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674. Arrangements were under the direction of Vinyard Funeral Home in Festus.