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Just maybe his fingers, now perfectly whole, are tickling the ivories in praise to his Saviour, who called Kenny home to Heaven on November 10, 2012, after his valiant battle with several complicated long-term illnesses. We'll always remember that Kenny, who bore so much more than the rest of us, never ever even whispered a complaint.
Kenneth "Kenny" E.
Kenny was born on December 22, 1942, in Olympia Washington to Theodore W. and Winifred D. Grinnell, joining two older brothers. In 1954, his family moved to Lowell, Washington and after the passing of his father in 1957, to Everett, where Kenny attended local schools.
Kenny never excelled at some things this world calls important but before his feet could even reach the pedals of a piano, he rolled out whatever music he heard in a way that fascinated whoever heard him. His gift was God-given.
Some of the best years of his life were spent as the pianist for the beloved ChapelAir's Quartet, when he traveled extensively throughout the northwest as the accompanist for their warmly received ministry. Kenny and the ChapelAir's recorded five sacred music albums that still inspire.
Kenny never knew a stranger and leaves many , many friends from wherever he went.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ted; and his mother, Winifred.
He is survived by two brothers, John (Irene); and Paul (Di); a sister, Ann; and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank those in his church family, all his care givers, and especially the staff at the Everett Care and Rehab Center, for their loving care of Kenny during his final months.
Kenny's wishes were to be cremated and placed to rest in a family plot at the Evergreen Cemetery in Everett. A Celebration of Life in Kenny's memory will be held at a later date.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Nov. 15 to Nov. 18, 2012