Kenton T. Pies passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022 at the age of 90.
He is survived by his wife Barbara, daughters Trevi Pies and Kolette (Doug) McDonald, granddaughter Mikayla McDonald, grandson Dylan McDonald, two sister-in-laws and numerous neices and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Bea Pies, and all his brothers, Bill, Jim Jr., and Dick.
Kenton was born (Thomas Robert) in Illinois. He loved to tell stories about growing us in rural Wisconsin where dinner was often squirrel or turtle. Kenton went on to attend art college, and then the University of Washington. During the Korean War he served our country as a member of the United States Army Security Agency. He met Barbara Roth at the 1962 World's Fair in Seattle where she was working as a science demonstrator. They just celebrated 60 years of marriage in November.
Kenton spent most of his adult life in Washington state where the girls were raised. He loved the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the family vacations throughout the state to enjoy God's glorious creation. After the girls were grown, Kenton and Barbara fell in love with Plains, Montana and retired there. Barbara will tell you it is her favorit place on earth, and she has lived a lot of places.
Kenton's number one passion in life was his art. He lived to create and never wanted to do anything else. His career was in signage and entrances to housing developments under the business Kenton Designs. There are still many of his creations throughout the Pacific Northwest. After retirement sculpting became his favorite pastime. In 2015 he published a three-volumn set of books detailing his life's work, entitled "Innovative Creations: 63 years of art".
In lieu of memorials, the family suggests supporting local arts and encouraging the creativity of future generations.
Kenton will be buried in Plains, Montana in a private family cemetery. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted to Sunset Hills Funeral Homes, Plains.