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On March 12, 2013, Bruce Kennaugh's merciful Father scooped him up in His arms to end his long battle and suffering with melanoma and reunite him with loved ones awaiting him in Heaven. He was
Bruce Gilbert Kennaugh
surrounded by family who will miss him greatly. We have less laughter now, but
Heaven has more.
Bruce entered this world at Everett General Hospital on March 21, 1949, born to Albert Woodrow Kennaugh and Wynona Lucille (Countryman) Kennaugh, the third of their four children. He grew up in Lake Stevens with family all around, highlighted by monthly gatherings at his maternal grandparents' home next door. For a time grandparents lived on both sides of his parents' home.
Bruce attended Lake Stevens schools grades 1-12 and graduated from the
"Pink Palace," a member of the Class of 1967. He attended Everett Community College (Associate in Arts
& Sciences Degree), Multnomah School of the
Bible (now Multnomah University) (Bachelor of Religious Education Degree) in Portland, Oregon, and Portland State University
(Bachelor of Science Degree in History). Five of those years he both worked and attended school full-time.
Bruce taught a year at King's Garden High School in north Seattle and a
year at Valley Christian School near Lake Stevens. His main career was with the Snohomish County Public Utility District from November 1979 until November 2011. He spent almost 23 of those years in the Maps & Records Department, 11½ of them in the Lead position.
Bruce loved his family and did all he could for them. He loved to laugh, play games, joke, and just be with them. We remember trips to the beach, Disneyland, Yellowstone Park, extended family gatherings, playing games, his Santa gig and more. He greatly missed his grandparents, parents, and brother after they passed.
Bruce enjoyed reading and watching TV, but his main passion outside of
family was baseball; he was known to many at work as "Dr. Baseball." He started following the Major Leagues in 1961 and began collecting baseball cards in 1962. This interest led to his interviewing over 60 lesser-known former major-league players for an "in their own words" book, Their Stars Never Rose.
Bruce received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior during Vacation Bible School as a child and was baptized in the Pilchuck
River by Reverend Gordon Woodall. He was active for many years in teaching, committees, and choir in Lake Stevens First Baptist Church, Gateway Baptist Church in Portland, and Marysville First Baptist Church. He sang in a smooth tenor voice.
In high school Bruce was active with the Lettermen's Club, Future Teachers of America, Torch Honor Society, Honor Choir, and Student Council; he was an
officer in the first three. He was a charter member of the Lake Stevens Historical Society, spent many years as a Museum docent, and for over 25 years was
Secretary on the Society's Board of Directors. For several years Bruce reported on school board meetings for the Lake Stevens Journal. He also helped with his
childrens' baseball teams, was a member of the Class of '67 Reunion Committee, served on the Lake Stevens Alumni Association, was
involved in several school district committees, and cheered for the Everett AquaSox and Seattle Mariners.
Bruce is survived by his life-long love, his wife Ellen, who stood by him in everything through their time
together. They met during high school and married June 12, 1970. He also is survived by son, Graigry (Graig) and grandson, Cody Jacobs of Lake Stevens; son, Bradley (Brad) of
Marysville; and daughter,
Kristine (who he always called 'Kristi'), son-in-law, Nate, and infant grandson, Jack Highlander of Seattle. Others surviving him include sister, Sharon of Texas, and brother, Craig and sister-in-law, Linda of Camano Island. He also is survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. He will be missed by kitties, Smokie and Scooter.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents; older brother, Keith; brothers-in-law, Ken Wolfe, Hal James, and Steve Smith; four uncles; two aunts; and two nephews.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at Elim Lutheran Church, 11504 26th Street NE, Lake Stevens, near the high school football field. A reception and luncheon will follow.
Cremation is under the
direction of Funeral Alternatives of Marysville.
The family would like to thank the scores of people supporting Bruce with
prayer, encouragement and friendship over the years and throughout his battle with cancer; the many who stayed in contact and
offered rides, conversation, companionship, and other support; those from Ellen's former workplace, the Snohomish Health District, who provided many delicious meals and donated their own personal vacation days to give Ellen more time with Bruce during surgeries,
recoveries, chemotherapy, and doctor appointments; and those who sent messages and emails, cards, flowers, and other signs of caring during Bruce's ordeal; members of the Providence Cancer Partnership and the Stage 4 Support Group;
Bruce's long-time physician Dr. Laird Findlay and nurse Donna; long-time dermatologist Dr. Mark Valentine; and medical staff at University of Washington Hospital and Virginia Mason Clinic and Hospital.
Bruce asked that others not feel obligated to make a remembrance, but should you want to, please consider the Lake Stevens Historical Society, PO Box 874, Lake Stevens, WA 98258; the American Cancer
Society, 3120 McDougall Avenue Suite 100, Everett, WA 98201; or Multnomah University, 8435 NE Glisan Street, Portland, OR 97220.
Always remember your sunscreen!
Published in The Herald (Everett) on Mar. 17, 2013