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Kenton Vincent Kraus
July 26, 1953 ~ November 18, 2023 (age 70) 70 Years Old
Kent Kraus passed away unexpectedly on November 18, 2023, from cardiac arrest. His wife Cindy and son Kevin were by his side during his final moments.
Born on July 26, 1953, in Massillon, Ohio, to Rita and Clarence Kraus, Kent, the youngest of four boys, ultimately pursued his passion for technology and earned a degree in Computer Science from Kent State University. In 1982, Kent left Ohio and settled in California. Over the course of 45 years, he built a highly successful career in the computer science industry.
In 1985, Kent met Cindy Kopel at Tungsten Carbide where they both worked. They soon married and celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary this year. Kent was not just a loving husband but also a caring stepfather to Cecily Gates and a dedicated father to his children Kevin, Kelly, Kara and grandson Jacob Hoisington.
Kent will always be remembered for the countless funny stories and unforgettable adventures they shared with him. Kent's life was characterized by a deep commitment to serving others. He was an active member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church where he took joy in guiding young people as a catechist for Confirmation I classes. He played a crucial role in the Peace & Justice Committee and The Knights of Columbus. Kent served as a longtime member of the Democratic Club of West Orange County and the Equity for All Committee with OC Huddle. He ably assisted community members in obtaining citizenship through OCCORD and served as a Personal Advisor for the Self-Help Interfaith Program, mentoring those in need. Kent's enthusiasm and commitment extended beyond mere membership; he assumed leadership roles in these organizations, working tirelessly to make a positive impact. Kent's life was guided by his faith and deep kindness. His selflessness was evident in his dedication to improving the lives of those around him and strengthening his community. His generosity knew no bounds, and the word "no" was never part of his vocabulary.
Kent was preceded in death by his parents, Rita and Clarence Kraus, as well as his brothers Keith and Kyan. He is survived by his brother Kurt (spouse Janice), his beloved wife Cindy and their children: Cecily Gates (spouse Rich Gates), Kevin Kraus, Kelly Kraus-Lee (spouse Rachel Kraus Lee), Kara Kraus (spouse Tariq El-Gabalawy), and grandson Jacob Hoisington.
Kent will forever be remembered for his kindness, infectious laughter, and love of engaging in spirited debates. He leaves a void in the hearts of many throughout the community, but his legacy of love, purpose, and unwavering service will continue to inspire us all.
A celebration of Kent's remarkable life will be held on January 20th, 2024, at 10:30 am at Heritage Dilday in Huntington Beach, CA, located at 17911 Beach Blvd, HB, CA 92647.
In honor of Kent's memory, memorial donations may be made to the Self-Help Interfaith Program at P.O. Box 9294, Fountain Valley, CA 92728, or online at www.shipinoc.org.
Celebration of Life
Saturday January 20, 2024 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Heritage-Dilday Funeral Home 17911 Beach Blvd Huntington Beach, CA 92647