You’re in Oklahoma City to show in an NRHA major event. You’re horse is ready and acting like he’d like to win a prize. You’re nervous, intense and trying to stay focused. You don’t want any distractions especially as you prepare to enter that Gateway of Champions to perform in the coliseum. No worries – Bob Dent is the paddock manager. He’ll do his best to keep you calm, informed and to make sure that everything runs smoothly. That was Bob’s gift to the reining community.
On May 4, 2013, Bob Dent, 69, Ashville, Ohio, passed away. He fought a valiant battle with several major health issues but after an extended stay at Mount Carmel West Hospital, he succumbed to complications brought on by pneumonia.
Dent was a veteran of the United States Navy and served during the war in Vietnam. He was retired from the Columbus Police Department where he was one of the first members of the Mounted Unit. He is survived by his sister Sharon Pennell, brother Dan, three sons, Robert and his wife Leslie, Jon and his wife Debbie and Micah and his wife Karen as well as grandchildren Cade, Cael, Cullen Conlan, Billy, Jamie, Tyler, Stephanie Shane and Kyle. He will surely be missed by his loving family as well as his extended family of reiners world-wide.
Visitation will be held from 2-8pm on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at the Schoedinger Grove City Chapel, 3920 Broadway, Grove City, Ohio, where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday May 8, 2013 at 10 am. Interment will be at Green Lawn Cemetery.
With his never-ending spirit of generosity, Dent asked that contributions in his name be made to the Reining Horse Sports Foundation, c/o the NRHA, 3000 Northwest 10th St. Oklahoma City, OK 73107. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to sign his online guest book.