LTC Joseph Walter GENTRY

January 26th, 2019
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LTC Joseph Gentry, US Army, retired, passed away last week at the age of 75. Born in St Louis, Missouri, Joe was the son of the late Joshua and Geneva Gentry.

In high school, he sang in the St Louis Public School Boys Choir. Later, he received his Bachelor’s Degree from Lincoln University where he played on the marching band’s drum line and was commissioned into the Army through ROTC. While on active duty, he earned his Masters Degree.

He married his college sweetheart and was assigned to the 49th MP Battalion. Joe was stationed overseas in Germany and South Korea, was deployed to Vietnam and had a number of CONUS assignments. He subsequently retired as Deputy Post Commander at Fort Carson at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Next, he joined the Colorado Springs School System as the Athletic Director for Harrison High School. He was passionate for track and field and coached at the Junior Olympic and Olympic levels. He established the Joe Gentry Track Troop, where he helped many athletes earn college scholarships through track. He received numerous awards in track and field and was a three time Olympic track coach. He continued to coach athletes through the NFL combine and served as the speed coach for NFL athletes on the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks. He supported USA Track and Field, serving on the USA Track and Field Committee for many years.

He was a proud member and Past President of the Iota Omicron Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in Colorado Springs.

Joe is survived by his sister, Marabeth; two daughters, Stephanie, Janeen and her husband Duane; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

His joy for life will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
There will be a memorial service at Evergreen Funeral Home on Friday February 1st at 3PM.
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    Friday February 1st, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Friday February 1st, 2019 3:00pm
    Evergreen Funeral Home Chapel
    1830 E. Fountain Blvd.
    Colorado Springs, CO 80910
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Jeanne E foster

Posted at 05:34pm
I am deeply saddened by the loss of Joe W. Gentry. His absence will be fely by his family and friends.
This morning I listened to Andy Williams and Barry Sadler, two of his favorite artist. They held a special place in his heart.
Joe, may your path to our Lord b e paved with love, joy and compassion.
I carry you in my heart. You are loved. Jeanne E. Foster Anchorage, Ak.

John Reasoner, MD

Posted at 02:25am
I will miss "Coach"who I met at Harrison HS in 1994. He was a proud Alpha man with a defiant, youthful spirit who gave to the community as a track coach, teacher, and mentor to many athletes on local, international, and professional levels. His achievements were numerous within the USA Track and Field and Olympic arenas. I remember how he would recite the poem, "Invictus" by William E. Henley, like a mantra. Joe lived his life as such. He spoke often and highly of the students who he trained and who took their skills to the collegiate level and became incredible contributors to society. You could see him smile and ooze with pride. I am honored to have been his friend, a fellow Vet, and Alpha brother. May God Bless him.

John Reasoner, M.D.

Don & Sharon Taylor

Posted at 03:04pm
I believe Joe and Don were fellow army officers in Giessen, Germany in the late 1960's. We lost contact when Joe (his wife then was Pat) received orders for Vietnam. From time to time I attempt to search for those fellows who served together at Rivers Barracks in Germany. The picture displayed here in the obituary sure looks like the Joe Gentry we remember. Let me say to his family, we enjoyed great times with Joe and Pat, and are so sorry for your loss. We remember him as full of energy and loved life. We regret that we never met up with him again.

Stephanie Patricia Gentry (Gentress)

Posted at 06:14pm
He had a good life and achieved more than most. I will never be prouder! He made me hard and fearless! I love you and you will live your n in me!

Eric Antonio

Posted at 10:36pm
You definitely will be missed coach I went to Harrison and graduated in 1991 and I still remember having you as a history teacher and you definitely will be missed may you rest in peace.

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