Harold Glen Kuchel
1944 - 2020
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Harold Glen Kuchel passed away at home surrounded by family on December 24, 2020 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Born in Iowa on December 20, 1944 Hal attended Occidental College and Duke Law school before leaving to serve his country as a lieutenant in the army during the Vietnam war. He was later presented the Bronze Star medal for his service. When he returned to the states, he moved up the ranks of Lucky Stores before starting a successful tax and financial business. He was a beloved husband, father, papa and friend known for his kindness, honesty, and generosity to all those who knew him. Hal is survived by his wife of 46 years Darlene, brother Bill, daughter Tracy Downey her husband Sean and children Brooklynn, Presley, and Hudson. He is also survived by 2 sons Eric Kuchel his wife Adriana and their children Sophia and Ava and youngest son Mark Kuchel. A private graveside service will be held at Loma Vista Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Parkinsons Foundation or Michael J. Fox Foundation in Harold's name.


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Published in Orange County Register on Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 22, 2021
Darlene,
I was so sorry to hear of Hal’s passing. Sending love and condolences to you and your family. He was a wonderful man.
Diane LaBarbera Shepherd
Friend
January 11, 2021
Hal was a true friend. We have so many wonderful memories doing fun events with our families. He always made time for my husbands many questions. As a businessman he will be remembered for his integrity and honesty
Toni landry
Friend
January 11, 2021
Hal was one of my white knights during a most difficult time. Although he was "just doing his job," he was giving me security. That is heroic. God bless you all!
Kristin Murdock
Friend
January 11, 2021
Darlene and Family, my deepest condolences for the loss of your sweet husband, father, and grandfather. I was so saddened to hear the news of Hal's passing, and pray that you will all be blessed in the days ahead by the comfort coming to you through the prayers of so many who love you. Hal was a wonderful example to so many. May we all carry that example forward and honor his life and legacy. Hugs to you all.
Sheila Camarella (Hoffman)
Friend
January 11, 2021
Darlene and Family, please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Hal. What a blessing he was to you all...God bless your family..
Paula Breting Dean
Friend
January 11, 2021
He was the best Ram President ever.... So fortunate to have known
Hal and be a high school classmate. He was a leader then and he is
now.. I wish him and his family the best..
Richard Cherry
January 11, 2021
A Bronze Star award is for meritorious, even heroic action in a combat zone; something greater than the already great achievement of serving in the military. This was exemplified by Hal in all of life: even when first facing Parkinson's, he met it with valor, knowing how terrible it would be but humbly dealing with concern for his family and others. One does not always know a great man - he is counted as one of them.
Craig Chambers
Family
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