Brian K. Krauss, 37, of New Castle passed away on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. He was born on Jan. 3, 1976, in Farrell, a son of John and Beverly Watson Krauss. Brian was a graduate of Hickory High School, class of 1995. He was a certified welder who was taught his trade by his grandfather and dad. He was employed as a welder for Wheatland Tube for 14 years and was the owner of Krauss Portable Welding for 13 years. Brian married the former Susan McDowell on July 17, 1999. She survives. Brian and Susan were members of the Bethel EPC Presbyterian Church. Brian was a man of faith who cherished his family and friends. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge of Enon Valley. His hobbies and pastimes included hunting, farming and reading. He loved to ice fish and could never find enough time to do it. Brian's life will forever be remembered and cherished by his loving wife, Susan; his father and stepmom, John and Susan Krauss of Hermitage; his mother and stepdad, Beverly and John Dillon of Hermitage; a sister, Sherry Cochran of Fayetteville, N.C.; and a grandmother, Charlene Krauss of Hermitage. Brian also leaves his in-laws, Jerry and Kathy McDowell of New Castle; a brother-in-law, Jeff McDowell of New Castle; a sister-in-law Sheryl McKee and her husband, Bill, of New Castle; his nephews, Corey Cochran and Scott McKee; and nieces, Carley Cochran, Leigh-Ann McKee and Katie McKee. Brian was preceded in death by his grandfather, Albert J. Krauss, and grandparents, Clarence William and Ruth Watson. Visitation for Brian will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Terry A. Cunningham Funeral Home, 203 Oak St., Bessemer, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Bethel EPC Church in Enon Valley. A service will follow at the church at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Mark Tippin officiating. Brian will be laid to rest in Bethel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Brian's two favorite organizations, Bethel EPC Church and the Mohawk FFA.