|Birth: ||Jan. 20, 1920|
|Death: ||Jun. 17, 2005|
Kenneth T. Blaine was born on January 20, 1920 in Minot, North Dakota to Hurley and Clara Blaine. He grew up in the Lake Stevens, Washington area with his sister, Lillian and his brother, Leonard (Red).
While attending Lake Stevens High School he enjoyed playing football and developed a life-long love of the game. Dancing was a favorite pastime. Throughout the years many evenings were spent dancing with family, friends, and Nadine, his bride of 63 years.
Kenny worked and taught welding in the Everett shipyards before volunteering for duty with the Navy during World War II, serving as a cook specialist, 3rd grade. (He was famous for beating down those ‘pesky' bubbles on the pancakes as they cooked.) After the war he returned to Lake Stevens and worked at CB Lumber Mill and at Weyerhaeuser Pulp and Paper, Everett Plant. He retired at age 62. He had a great deal of respect for his fellow workers, especially his longtime work partner, Chuck Ebert, with whom he enjoyed both professional and personal camaraderie.
Kenny and Nadine spent many wonderful years together camping, fishing, traveling in trailers and motor homes, and playing cards. Family was his number one priority. Kenny taught his two sons, Barry and Bruce, how to fish. They recall all those ‘big ones' that ‘fell through' the net and the tangled mess he made when teaching them how to cast. They enjoyed fishing the streams and lakes for trout. His grandchildren, Kenny, Linda, and Jeff Blaine have fond memories of camping trips, playing games, and joking with one another. Grandpa was full of laughter and always had time to listen or offer support. He was most recently delighted at the arrival of his first great-grandchild.
Accompanied by his natural sense of curiosity, his knowledge of mechanics and welding, and his innate ability to problem-solve, Kenny helped many of us in times of need. When disc brakes first came out his curiosity caused him to pull off the wheels of his new car just to see how they worked.
Another life-long trait was his sense of honesty. It was simply impossible for him to sell anything without revealing every flaw that he was aware of.
He was honest to the bone!
Kenny passed away on June 17, 2005 after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He never lost his sense of humor. We will miss our husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.
Tahoma National Cemetery
Created by: Darla Mays (Rodeogirl73)
Record added: Mar 21, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18544890