Kenton L. "Kent" Hoppel, of West Valley, died Tuesday September 4, 2018 in Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, Palmer, Alaska at the age of 65.
He was born May 18, 1953 in Lowville, New York a son of the late Kenneth and Arletha (nee Stiles) Hoppel. He was a graduate of Beaver River Central School and received an Associate’s Degree in Communications from Alfred State College.
Kent was employed by Springville Griffith Institute and Central School District as an Audio-Visual Technician from 1975 until his retirement in 2008. He coached several sports in his early years at SGI and enjoyed many years of working on the high school musicals.
Kent was an active member of the West Valley Volunteer Hose Co for nearly 4 decades, was awarded Fireman of the Year in 2002 and was president in 2012. He was a dedicated EMT over 35 years as well a member of the NYS Volunteer Fire Police Association. He has been recognized by the Cattaraugus County Volunteer Firefighter Association and the Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen of NYS for his years of service.
He was often found assisting in the audio-visual needs throughout the communities of Springville and West Valley including the League for the Handicapped, Inc. Kent enjoyed volunteer service for the Future Farmers of America and the Boy Scouts of America as well.
Kent was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in West Valley.
Kent's hobbies included spending time with his grandsons, traveling, fishing, woodworking, and antique cars.
He is survived by his wife – Rhonda; a daughter – Krista (Brad) Frank of West Valley; a son – Adam (Molly) Hoppel of Hornell; two grandsons – Henry & Jacob Frank; siblings – Nancy Brown of Lowville, Kay Manzer of Castorland, NY, Rayta (James) Russell of Lowville, Wayne (Ellen) Hoppel of Castorland, Vanessa (Michael) Monnat of Castorland and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call Tuesday September 18, 2018 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, 271 E. Main St., Springville. A Celebration of Kent’s Life will be held Wednesday September 19, 2018 in the West Valley Memorial Hall at 4 pm. There will also be a Memorial Service on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 1:00 pm in the Beaver Valley United Methodist Church in Naumberg, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to West Valley Volunteer Hose Co, 9091 Rt 240, West Valley NY 14171 or Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Institute, 665 Elm St, Buffalo NY 14203.