Kenneth Miles Bettis

Kenneth Miles Bettis

A proud card carrying member of the cotton handkerchief club -- went peacefully to sleep on September 25, 2013 in the Seattle family home he so proudly built.

Kenny started life in Albuquerque, N.M. on July 2nd, 1934 in an adobe house with dirt floors (his humble beginnings gave him much pride)). He moved as a young child to Gig Harbor, WA where he went from desert living to small town coastal Peninsula life. He quickly learned how to navigate the salty waterways of the Harbor and Hood Canal and formed life long bonds and friendships with his family of Peninsula high-jinx friends. Next to his family (and Mexican food) -- nothing was more precious to Kenny than his hometown chums.

Kenny moved on from Peninsula High School in 1954 as Student Body President and all-around-jock (he lettered in 3 sports all 4 years) and lady-killer (did you see the picture attached?). In 1955 Ken went on to honorably serve in the U.S. Navy and from there he joined the Boeing Company and proudly retired after 36 years of dedication. Ken also raised a beautiful family and celebrated a 50 year wedding anniversary with his loving wife -- Lucille.

This brings us to today -- where his devoted family -- Kevin, James, Victoria, Rodger, Sean, Sarah and Chad are left heartbroken at having to say goodbye to our beloved "Pop". There are no words that can be written that can capture how we felt about this beautiful soul. He was the kindest, sweetest human being and the stars above shone a little dimmer on the day that he passed. He was magic. Plain and simple. His heart was pure love and he taught us so much about what is important about life and how to live. Pop always worried about the "small stuff" -- contraire to popular belief; he felt that every day was made up of countless small things that wove the fabric of each our lives and that if we could reach out with a smile, open a door for a complete stranger or simply ask how someone was doing that we could not only brighten a day but that we could play a bigger role in someone's existence. It's all that really matters in life. Pop worried about the small stuff -- and it is important.

On October 4th at 11:30AM family and friends will be gathering at St. Matthews church/hall in Seattle to celebrate Ken's life. Come with a story or an open heart -- and leave remembering a truly beautiful soul that will never be -- and should never be forgotten.

Hoffner Fisher & Harvey

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Hoffner, Fisher & Harvey Funeral Home
508 N 36TH ST SEATTLE, WA 98103-8614
(206) 632-0100

Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 29, 2013