Kermit Ross Nesvik
1961 - 2020
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NESVIK, Kermit Ross Kermit Ross Nesvik was born on January 31, 1961 in Spokane Washington. He attended Shadle Park High School and Spokane Community College. His passing was both sudden and tragic due to an accidental fall outside his home on April 30th, 2020. Kermit was loved by many. In High School Kermit was well known for his intense love of cars and his beautiful 1971 SS Camaro. He took wonderful care of this vehicle and had only just recently sold it. In High School and throughout life Kermit had many friends and attracted people with his "gift to gab" and sense of humor. He was passionate about sports, especially football. He had many lifelong friends that enjoyed an annual fantasy football league, which he looked forward to every year. Everyone knew his love for the Dallas Cowboys and the Cougars. He always rooted for the underdog and stuck by them no matter the losses. Kermit was always the life of the party, any room he entered became brighter and full of laughter. There wasn't a place he went where he didn't see someone he knew. Kermit was born and raised in Spokane, WA where he married his high school sweetheart and had 29 happy years. He started working at Pepsi bottling company in 1984 and stayed there for 25 years as a delivery driver and a salesman. His personality was perfect for sales, there was never room for awkward silences and you never wanted to stop talking to Kerm. He always went out of his way to help people and make everyone smile. Whether it was a joke or a similar interest, he always knew what to say to make you laugh and make you feel good about yourself. He had two children Jeannie Pauly and Michael Nesvik. Kermit was a huge sports fan and knew all facts and trivia since sports were invented. He passed that knowledge on to his son Michael. Their love for sports kept them close and always pushed Michael to work hard and do his best. Jeannie was the typical daddy's girl as a young child. Always by his side in the garage, in the yard, skipping the aisles of Home Depot and taking wheelbarrow loads up behind the house. They stayed close through their love for Elton John, grill cheese sandwiches, many nicknames and endless amounts of butterfly kisses. He loved taking his children to Priest Lake. This was one of his favorite places to be. He grew to love Priest from his grandfather, Ross Blandy who had a cabin there throughout his childhood. Kermit first started camping there with his family in their motor home and later purchased property there. He wanted his children to experience what he had as a child. The last eight years he worked for INHS Providence Health in the Physical/Occupational Therapy Dept as an Assistant. He was truly made for this job. Every patient Kermit had looked forward to his visits. He would always bring them water or coffee before their sessions and went out of his way to make them feel good. Kermit had a special gift with his patients, he brought his positive energy and outlook on life to every session and made his patients push harder to get better. He had many low-income patients and constantly went out of his way to find what they needed to heal. Since his passing, Providence wants to try and make an area designated for low income patients and they want to name it "Kermit's Closet". This will keep Kermit's positive energy going throughout the hospital and continue his great work with his patients. We hope Providence can make this happen. Kermit was amazing with all children and always created special memories with those around him. For the last seven years he has built an amazing bond with his nieces' son, Mason Garbarino. Mason spent a lot of time with Kerm and will miss him dearly. Kermit always let Mason get coins out of his change jar, played games and created memories that can never be replaced. Kermit always talked about his children and was always proud of them. He was a man of kindness and compassion who will greatly be missed. Due to current circumstances Kermit's memorial will be held in August 2020, more information will be shared as it gets closer. Please go to legacy.com and search for Kermit Nesvik, add any story, positive memory or funny joke so everyone can read them. His family and friends will enjoy reading these as well as sharing some at his memorial in August. Thank you in advance. Kermit is survived by his children, Jeannie Pauly (Granite Falls, WA), Michael Nesvik (Tacoma, WA), Grandson, Jackson Pauly (Granite Falls, WA), his mother, Darlene Nesvik, sisters, Sheri Schneider and Stacie Lemon, nieces and nephew, Ashley Garbarino, Brooke Henderson, Hannah, Marcus and Chloe Lemon (Spokane, WA).

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Published in Spokesman-Review on May 17, 2020.
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May 22, 2020
Kermit and I were known as the Camaro Kids in HS. Me with my yellow 70 and his shining red 71. Always comparing who kept their car all decked out, no doubt Kermit won that competition, however I would tease him saying my car is faster than yours! Kermit was a true friend and was part of our close group of Shadle grads that still hang out after 40 years. Thanks for the memories buddy, we will miss your sense of humor and smile. Murph
Steve Murphy
Friend
May 22, 2020
Such a wonderful person to work with. Your smile will be greatly missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers
Stacie
Coworker
May 21, 2020
RIP my friend so happy you were in my life and help me get through some toughest days on the floor I was working at when we first met. You made me laugh and smile . You are genuine and kind. Thank you for always being you. I will miss you . Be at peace my friend you are home my sincere condolences to your family and friends and coworkers
Rita
Coworker
May 21, 2020
Kermit was always my favorite assistant to see. He made being a nurse on ortho fun. We always talked about Priest, the Cougs and football.
Even after I left the unit anytime I saw him he would give me a big smile and ask how I was and how much he missed seeing me on the unit.
I was stunned and shocked to hear word of his passing.
Heaven gained a real smart a** and a real Sweet man and a new shinning star.
My husband and I share our deepest sympathies to his family.
Michelle Huskinson
Coworker
May 21, 2020
He always had a friendly smile on his face when ever I saw him and when he visited 7 North at Providence Sacred Heart. He will truly be missed. My condolences to his his family and colleagues
Nicole NAC
Nicole Hilland
Coworker
May 21, 2020
This absolutely breaks my heart. Kermit was a joy to work with. Greeted everyone he passed in the halls, and was great with his patients. He will be truly missed. My sincere condolences to his family.
Bethany Simms
Coworker
May 21, 2020
I would see Kermit every Morning before work and he would walk up to me and say Hey Sherrriiiieee. How are ya? Smile big as day. My heart breaks to know I won't see him in the Mornings to come. This is one Man God needed more. I send endless prayers to you all during this difficult time. May you all find peace. He was a True Angel here on earth.
Scherrie Cleveland
Coworker
May 21, 2020
Kermit was a great person/ friend. He always had a nickname for me and when we would loose contact he would make sure not to go to long before I would see a hello text from him. I remember him getting me a coffee one day and I told him I only wanted six ice cubes,(I was joking) sure enough Kerm came back with a coffee with six ice cubes. When my father was in sacred heart , kerm would always make a visit to him when I was at work to tell me he was doing ok. He was and is a great person and will definitely be missed!! Condolences to his family
Lorena Buttolph
Friend
May 21, 2020
Always a kind smile, always a good joke, he was great with his patients and I am so happy to have worked with you Kermit. We are so saddened and you are truly missed.
Julie B
Coworker
May 21, 2020
My condolences to Kerms family and loved ones. We were friends at Shadle Park HS. I remember him always being funny, sweet, and just being EVERYBODYS friend. So sorry for your loss.
Sharon Cropp-Gordon
May 20, 2020
what a beautiful obituary you wrote. Kermit had a great sense of humor & smile. He always made me laugh. He will be missed. RIP friend. Hugs, Michelle. SPHS classmate.
Michelle Bacon
Classmate
May 20, 2020
Such an incredible work photo! So happy and healthy. Miss you dad, talking to you everyday!
Jeannie Pauly
Daughter
May 18, 2020
He touched all of our lives with that sense of humor and magical smile. Miss seeing him every day so much!
Laurie Pottz
Coworker
May 17, 2020
Kerm will surely be missed. RIP dear friend..
Dick Dawe
Friend
May 17, 2020
Kermit could always get a laugh out if every situation. His infectious laugh and good nature will always be remembered and cherished!
Vince
Friend
May 17, 2020
Best Uncle Ever!!! We Love You!!! Xoxoxo
Ashley
Family
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