Kenneth Lee Vanous

July 21, 1942 - October 24, 2022


Obituary For Kenneth Lee Vanous

Kenneth L. Vanous, 80, passed away peacefully at the VA Medical Center, Durham, NC on October 24, 2022, after a lengthy illness.

He was the son of the late Ernest L. Vanous (father) and the late Cathryn Collins Vanous (mother). After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Iowa, University of North Carolina –Asheville and was a graduate of the Physician’s Assistant (PA) Program at Duke University. During his career, he worked as a PA, then at Dupont Corporation. He retired from the VA Medical Center.

He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam conflict.

Ken enjoyed golfing, fishing and loved animals, he was particularly fond of dogs.

Ken is survived by his spouse, Pat; two sons, Michael (Susan) of St. Louis, MO, Brendan (Cindy) of Seattle, WA; stepdaughter, Alisa Hall (Marcus) of Costa Rica; his brother, Steve (Eleanor) of Cedar Falls, Iowa. In addition, Ken had five grandchildren, Noah, Matthew (attending Texas A&M), Addi, Ainsley and Brayden (Costa Rica). He was proud of all of them, and they brought him much joy.

Memorial Services will be held at the St. Mary of the Angels Chapel at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Raleigh, NC on Saturday, October 29th at 11 a.m. A reception at his home will follow at 1015 Branwell Drive, Durham, NC.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Francis of Assissi Catholic Church, 11401 Leesville Rd., Raleigh, NC 27613.


29 Oct

Memorial Service

11:00 AM

St. Mary of the Angels Chapel at St. Francis Catholic Church 11401 Leesville Road Raleigh, NC 27613 Get Directions »
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  • October 27, 2022

    Pat, I was so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. You have been right there beside him through all of his struggles. May you get through this difficult time, through prayers and the comfort of friends. Mike and Brendan, no matter how old we are, it's never easy to lose a parent. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve. All my love in this hard time. Ann Sikes

  • October 27, 2022

    Dear Pat, We are so very sorry to hear of Ken's passing. Sending prayers and love to you. We have fond memories of Ken and always enjoyed seeing you both at family gatherings. May God bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Much love, Kim, Chuck, Jonah, Caleb and Emmi

  • October 27, 2022

    Pat, So sorry to hear of Ken's passing! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Stella (Skikus McCray)

  • October 27, 2022

    Ken it was always such a pleasure to see you and Pat, when visiting Mike, Susan, Noah and Matthew. I have such fond memories of you two, in both Atlanta and Blue Ridge. Ken, you are undoubtedly loved by your family and friends. You were a stranger to none, and we are all so very sad to hear of your passing. May God embrace you all with peace, light and love. Ken, you made a wonderful mark on this world, and you touched so many lives in the process. We will continue to hold you all tightly in our hearts and prayers. Rest In Peace, Sweet Ken. All Of Our Love Always - Melanie, Tony, Trey and Jack

  • October 25, 2022

    Ken, you were the best grandfather and father/father-in-law to us! THANK YOU for being a shining light to Mike, Noah, Matthew, and me! We love you and Pat dearly and will miss you very much! Pat, we hope you feel God's loving and healing light shining on you right now! You were an amazing wife to Ken! He couldn't have asked for a more loving person and we are grateful to God for bringing you two together! Love, Susan, Mike, Noah, and Matthew Vanous


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