Dr. Aeilt E. Sents, age 98, of Washington, Iowa, died Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at the Washington County Hospital.
of life services will be held 2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 22, 2020,
at the main dining room of the United Presbyterian Home with services
conducted by Chaplain Andrew Zuehlke. Interment will take place at a
later date. Memorials have been established for Louisa County
Pheasants Forever or the Wheaton College Aeilt E. and Adeline Sents
Endowed Scholarship Fund. The Jones & Eden Funeral Home is
assisting with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent for
Aeilt’s family through the web at www.jonesfh.com
E. Sents, son of Eilerd A. and Anna (Conrad) Sents, was born June 22,
1921, at the family home in rural Grundy County, Iowa.
elementary education was completed in a one room country school. His
high school education was completed in the Aplington High School
after which he attended Chillicothe Business College. From there he
accepted a position with the Atchison and Topeka Railroad in Chanute,
Kansas. After several years he enrolled in Wheaton College in
Wheaton, Illinois. Aeilt’s college education was interrupted when
he enlisted in the Army Reserve Corp, unassigned. When called to
active duty he failed to meet the physical requirement and was given
an honorable discharge. After receiving his military discharge, he
resumed his college education and received a Liberal Arts Degree, at
Wheaton College with a major in history. He continued his education
by enrolling in graduate school at the University of Iowa and
completed the work for a Master’s Degree in History.
began his teaching career in the Junior College and High School in
Red Oak, Iowa. After two years, he accepted a position in the Senior
High School in Rock Island, Illinois. Four years later he was
offered a position in the History Department at the University of
Wisconsin-Whitewater. He continued his graduate studies attending
summer schools at the University of Iowa and Harvard University.
Upon receiving a Study Grant from the state of Wisconsin, he enrolled
at the University of Missouri and completed the work and received
the degree, Doctor of Philosophy in History.
He enjoyed the classroom and students and after thirty years retired from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Department of History as Emeritus Professor. While in the classroom he was a member of several historical organizations. After he retired he retained his membership in the organization “Conference of Faith and History” of which he was a founding member.
August 3, 1954, he was married to Adeline E. Humphreys in Iowa City.
Their union was blessed with a daughter, Eleanor, and a son, Steven.
After leaving Rock Island in 1956, they moved to Whitewater where
they lived for the next fifty years until they moved to the United
Presbyterian Home in Washington, Iowa. While living in Whitewater,
he was a member of the United Methodist Church. To help the church
in its Sesquicentennial Celebration he wrote a two volume History of
the Methodist Church in Whitewater. As a member of the church he
served on various committees and boards. He was a founding member of
the Whitewater Kiwanis Breakfast Club and wrote a history of the
first twenty-five years of the organization.
loved and enjoyed classical music and opera. During the New York
Metropolitan season, his Saturday afternoons were frequently spent
reading and listening to the Metropolitan productions.
enjoyed local and foreign travel. In 1958 Aeilt assisted in
conducting a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater fifty-five day tour
around the world. In retirement, he and Adeline enjoyed Elderhostel
tours, two to China, to Russia, European countries and domestic
cities and places of interest. They also attended a three week study
tour of Israel. For more than twenty years, their retirement winters
were spent on the Gulf of Mexico, in Gulf Shores, Alabama. No summer
was complete without the family spending a week fishing on a northern
Minnesota Lake. In the past twenty or more years these excursions
were reduced to two people, Aeilt and his favored fishing and hunting
partner, son Steven. Each summer they spent a week fishing in
Canadian waters, catching and releasing the elusive muskies. During
the last months of the year, several days each month were spent
hunting Iowa pheasants.
is survived by the strength and love of his life, his wife, Adeline;
the joy and blessings for all of their lives, daughter, Eleanor and
son, Steven. This blessing was extended with addition of son-in-law,
Bruce and daughter-in-law, Melissa and five grandchildren and two
great granddaughters. Each of the family was special and his prayer
for each was that they would find meaning, purpose, direction and
fulfillment in life, loving God and obeying His commandments.