Kenneth A. Graybeal|
December 26, 1930 ~ April 30, 2014
Kenneth Allan Graybeal passed away peacefully at the age of 83 after a brief illness. Born to John B. and Doretta (Julson) Graybeal, he grew up in Buckley, WA and graduated from Buckley High School in 1949. Ken served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1954 and was a sonarman on the U.S.S. Murray during the Korean War. In 1960 he graduated from Washington State University with a B.A. in Accounting. He opened an accounting practice in Burien, WA and later was employed by the FBI as a special agent for 8 years. Ken then returned to accounting, working with taxes for the remainder of his career.
In 1968 he met his wife of 45 years, Gretchen Utke, while climbing to the summit of Mt. Rainier. They married on November 30, 1968, and mountain climbing and hiking remained an important part of their life together. He spent many years on genealogy research and compiled extensive history. After living in Bellevue, WA for 36 years they retired to Buckley, WA, Ken's hometown.
He is survived by his wife Gretchen, daughters Susie (Marc) Burns, and Sheri (Matt) Treat, and 3 grandchildren, Amanda Burns, Shannon Treat and Kaden Treat.
Ken enjoyed a long life with many opportunities to travel and enjoy the outdoors. His wishes were for a small family service, and he will be interned at the Buckley Cemetery. Remembrances may be left at www.legacy.com.
Published in The Seattle Times on May 11, 2014