Kenton L. "Kent" Hoppel

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WEST VALLEY - Kenton L. "Kent" Hoppel, of West Valley, died Tuesday (Sept. 4, 2018) in Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, Palmer, Alaska, at the age of 65.

He was born May 18, 1953, in Lowville, a son of the late Kenneth and Arletha 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 four decades, was awarded Fireman of the Year in 2002 and was president in 2012. He was a dedicated EMT for 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 and Jacob Frank; siblings, Nancy Brown of Lowville, Kay Manzer of Castorland, Rayta (James) Russell of Lowville, Wayne (Ellen) Hoppel of Castorland and Vanessa (Michael) Monnat of Castorland; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 18, 2018) at Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, 271 E. Main St., Springville. A celebration of Kent's life will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 19, 2018) in West Valley Memorial Hall. There will also be a memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 22, 2018) in the Beaver Valley United Methodist Church, in Naumburg.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to West Valley Volunteer Hose Co., 9091 Route 240, West Valley NY 14171 or Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, 665 Elm St., Buffalo NY 14203.

Online condolences may be offered at
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Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home
271 East Main Street
Springville, NY 14141-1419
(716) 592-7822
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Published in The Olean Times Herald on Sept. 15, 2018
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