Nicholas Kanehen

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  • "Since 6am January 26th as I heard and watched the emergency..."
    - Delores Frey
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    - Warm Beach Nursing Dept
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Aug. 7, 1929-Jan. 26, 2014 Nicholas Kanehen passed away January 26, 2014. Born in Los Angeles, CA on August 7, 1929 to Nicholas and Pauline Kanehen, he lived a full life centered on his faith and family. A graduate of Roosevelt High School, and an army veteran who served in Korean War and stationed at Checkpoint Charlie, in Berlin, Germany. Nicholas enjoyed basketball, track and field, and was a 60 minute star athlete in football. He married his junior high friend and high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Kushnerov in 1950, and shared 52 years of married life before her passing in 2002. Nicholas loved and cherished his family. Family gatherings were highly valued with food and barbecuing as an integral part of these events. Nicholas had a contagious laugh and a zest for life. He modeled loyalty, integrity, and a servant's heart in helping others. His faith in Christ inspired his children and their children to walk with God. He was dedicated to Christian service serving in various roles as a deacon, trustee, counselor and Sunday school teacher and superintendent. He embraced and participated in organizations such as Christian Advocates, Youth For Christ, Warm Beach Christian Camps, Kiwanas and other civic roles. He served as a mentor for Vietnamese, Ukrainian and Russian immigrants, striving to make their transition into the United States as smooth as possible. He enjoyed landscaping, camping, crabbing and fishing. His pathway for relaxation was embracing creation's rivers, lakes and mountains, and beaches of Southern California, Oregon, Hawaii and beyond. He is survived by his sons, Gregory (Sharon) Kanehen of Marysville, WA, David (Kelley) Kanehen of Stanwood, WA, John (Kelly) Kanehen of Arlington, WA; and daughter, Liza (John) Yarnell of Marysville; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Ann, Alice, Hazel, Mary and Nellie. A private graveside service took place for the family. We welcome friends, family and associates to a celebration of life to take place later. In lieu of flowers, donations to Warm Beach Camp Nicholas Kanehen Memorial Fund would honor his life and heart for kids and camping. Arrangements entrusted to Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home, Marysville.


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Published in The Herald (Everett) on Feb. 2, 2014
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