OBITUARY

Gary Allen Krahenbill

July 5, 1954March 13, 2021

Gary passed away peacefully at home on March 13, 2021, surrounded by the love and compassion that he showed others throughout his 66 years of life. Gary was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia on July 5, 1954 to the late Floyd and Norma Gilbert Krahenbill. Gary was born in Virginia Beach in a time when it was country and farmland which helped to root his love of fishing, hunting and firearms. Gary loved to share stories of his childhood fishing with his granddad and his adventures throughout his rowdy days of his youth. While he attended Cox High School he held several jobs to support his love of cars and motorcycles.

He married the love of his life, best friend, companion and caregiver, Kimberly Tudor Krahenbill in 2004, who remained his sole source of passion and annoyance until he passed. He said immediately when meeting her that she was the lady he was going to marry. And he meant it. Anyone who witnessed the way he looked at her was left with a sense of jealousy and contentedness. It was a true love story that was simply breathtaking.

Gary was the father and stepfather of six children, ten grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was a friend who accepted your flaws, never judged your misgivings, was the first to offer a hand or a hug or offer a compliment to your hairstyle. Those who were blessed to be called his friend felt the true definition of loyalty, respect and honesty as he was the friend who always walked beside you, sometimes carrying you, but never in front or behind you. His friends were his family and his impact on their lives will be felt for all time.

Gary was a 22 year member and past Officer of Virginia Beach Elks #2268 where he volunteered and worked in the community on many charitable projects over the years. Gary loved riding his Harley Davidson, hunting, fishing, shooting and collecting guns and giving us all some of the best one-liners we will ever hear, all followed by the most mischievous and harmonious laugh that will echo in our hearts forever.

The family would like to thank all the nurses and doctors, specifically Dr. Aruch and nurse Tiffany, who provided care in his fight. And the faithful friends who helped throughout the days and years preceding his passing.

A Celebration of life will be held at Bethel United Methodist Church, Creeds, on Saturday March 20, 2021, at 11am. A reception will follow at 1453 Bartow Place, Virginia Beach at 1pm. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to funeral expenses.

Services

  • A Celebration of Life

    Saturday, March 20, 2021

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Kimberly Krahenbill

March 18, 2021

The love of my life. We traveled , and had tons of fun with our friends. Myrtle Beach, Daytona, Bike classic here in Va Beach. Nags Head , Chase City. Ted's farm, ect. We enjoyed life. Our love was very unique.
Love you my dear husband. Miss you so much baby.❤🙏🌹💋

Kim Serene

March 18, 2021

Randy an I will always remember Gary as the warmest an friendliest person being members at the Elks lodge. We always felt comfortable around kim an Gary because they were genuine not fake. We will miss gary an that god watches over kim in this moment of sadness an grievance.

Dan Haney

March 18, 2021

I have so many stories I could tell. But here is a story Gary liked to tell when we were together with friends.
Gary and I had ridden all day. Getting dark, we decided to stop at “On the Rocks” for a cold beverage.
I no sooner took a first swig when, I got a call from my Daughter, who was 14, but home alone. She said someone was in the backyard with a flashlight. My heart pounding, not saying a word to anyone, I put down my bottle and ran for the door. I jumped on my bike and down the road I went at speeds well above the legal limit. I looked in my rear view to see another motorcycle right behind me.
As I pulled into the driveway, so did the other bike. I jumped off, not bothering to shut off the bike, and started for the back yard. That was when I noticed Gary was following me. We got to the back yard and sure enough two guys were down by the lake with a flashlight. After a sort exchange, we figured out it was my neighbor who I told could fish there weeks before.
After calming down my daughter, we went back to our bikes. As we started to get on them, Gary asked me, “Do you think we can go under 100 on the way back?” Then chuckled.
Gary has always been there if I needed him. You never needed to wonder if he had your back. I just wish I had been there more for him. Most of the best times (and stories) I’ve had in my life involved Gary. I will truly miss him and am proud to have been able to call him my friend.
May you rest in peace my friend and Tittes and beer forever.

Dan Haney

Becky Grimstead

March 16, 2021

In church on Sunday mornings, Gary was always the one who loved to give hugs and receive them. Hugs will always be a memory for me, because everyone needs a hug any time.

Terry Ortega

March 15, 2021

One of the kindest human beings I’ve ever met. Loved the hugs, will miss them 🤗
My heartfelt condolences to you Kim and the family 🙏🏻

John Franklin

March 15, 2021

Gary will always be my be my brother, We used to ride and go to Monks..Grab a beer and burger..And then blast to Pearls down the winding roads of the country of Va Beach...I will miss you Rider.....

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY