Brent Kempton Ahnen

January 12, 1968October 29, 2013

Brent Kempton Ahnen, 45, of Le Grand, CA passed away after a tragic motorcycle accident on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. He was born at Castle Air Force Base in Atwater, CA and was a lifetime resident of Merced County.

Brent graduated from Atwater High School in 1986 with honors and was one of the class Valedictorians. His jobs after High School were always working with his hands. He worked as a machinist & a draftsman, he loved to repair and construct things. He was currently employed with Kirby Manufacturing in Merced. He had wonderful bosses and a great group of guys to work with.

One of Brent’s favorite family outings was gold panning. He was quite proud of every gold treasure he found. Brent truly was a devoted family man and would always make it a top priority to be at holiday get togethers. He was talented in art and drawing. He could draw anything free hand. Several of his nieces and nephews would often ask him to draw and paint backdrops for school dances or youth group events. Of course, Uncle Brent never said no. He would always help people the best he could.

Brent is survived by the love of his life, Enedina Marie; their two sons, Joshua Ragan and Brenden Ahnen; one daughter, Mikayla Ahnen; siblings, Stephanie Ahnen of Merced, Kevin Ahnen of Merced, Trisha Beames (Scott) of Alaska and Melinda Ramirez (John) of Modesto; parents, Bill Ahnen of Winton, CA and Jill Ahnen of Sacramento, CA; and grandfather, Norman Mellow. Brent also leaves behind many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles who loved him deeply.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Merrill and Lucy Mae Kempton and Alberta Ahnen-Mellow.

A family memorial visitation will be held at Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home, 1490 B St., Merced, CA 95341 on Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 4:00pm-8:00pm. Funeral services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1080 E. Yosemite Ave., Merced, CA on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:00am with interment to follow at Merced Cemetery District.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for a Memorial Fund for surviving children at Patelco Credit Union, 3009 Stratofortress Ave., Atwater, CA.


  • Visitation Thursday, November 7, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 8, 2013

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November 8, 2013

My GOD look over the Ahnen family during this time of need. Enedina we will keep you and your children in our prays.

November 8, 2013

Elizabeth Mancha

November 8, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers go out to the Ahnen family and Wife and Kids. The Brent I came to know was very nice but shy. We worked at Kirby Manufacturing together and every time I needed to visit the drafting dept, which is where he worked, he would always be so deep in the "design thought" but he would always lift his head and say "Hi". Great guy!! We will miss you! Rest peacefully.

Juan Loredo

November 8, 2013

Brent was a dear friend who became family the moment we met then I introduced him to my cousin Enedina they fell in love immediately. Brent you're truly going to be missed, Love you bro!

Kathy Hollon

November 8, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

God Bless,

The Hollon Family

Chris Masuda

November 8, 2013

Our friendship with your family goes back to when the kids were attending Hopeton and Washington Schools. Our hearts are so sad right now. We are thinking of you guys. Chris, Matt, and James Masuda.

November 8, 2013

The feelings we have for the Ahnen Family go back to when the boys attended Hopeton and Washington Schools in the 80's. Chris. Matthew and James send their love.

Raquel Reyes-Angulo

November 7, 2013

We miss you uncle Brent...I'll remember our sci-fi talks and our love for Star Wars... You were the best and I look up to you as a reminder that no matter what happens, you stay with family threw thick and thin. I love you very much and I am glad I got to be around someone funny and weird. Love you uncle Brent!

Amar & Connie Balachandran

November 7, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

Richard and Juanita Lanier

November 6, 2013

To Stephanie, my dear friend, Bill, Kelsea and Tyler: We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved son, brother and uncle. Our prayers are for your strength to endure. We love you.