St. Marys-Kent Joseph Gockel, 57, passed away Saturday, August 15, 2015 at a Topeka Hospital. He was born November 16, 1957 at Axtell, the son of Francis and Wilma Droge Gockel. He was raised in St. Marys and graduated from St. Marys High School in 1976. Kent owned and operated Gockel Thriftway in St. Marys. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include Dee Gockel, St. Marys; two sons, Christopher and Brady Gockel, Topeka: two sisters, Jane Gockel and Joyce Davis. Funeral Mass and inurnment will be private. Memorial contributions may be sent to Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple, St. Marys, Kansas 66536 to help offset funeral expenses.