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Kenneth Hames

 

Kenneth Robert Hames, 91, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away on April 27th, 2020, at the VA community living center in Spokane, of natural causes.

Ken was born in Sprague, Wash., to Luther and Vevean (Johnson) Hames on February 13, 1929. He was the fourth of six children. Ken spent his childhood in Lamont and moved to Rosalia in 1942. While at Rosalia High School he met Veva Jean Kjack after she fell out of a pick up on the way from the school to the football field. He took her up to his house to get "patched up". They have been a couple since.

Ken and Veva Jean were married in November 1949 and shortly after, Ken was drafted into the Army. He served in the Korean War as a sniper, spending much of his time on Heartbreak Ridge. After returning from Korea, still working at the Rosalia Producers, Ken and Veva Jean welcomed daughter, Linda, in 1954 and son, Lee, in 1956. They took over the family farming operation from Veva Jean's parents in 1959 and retired in 1994.

Ken was a dedicated veteran. He participated in the Annual Veterans Day Programs at local cemeteries for years as well as being part of the Veterans Honor Guard in numerous parades and special events such as the opening ceremonies for the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Idaho. In October of 2016, Ken was able to travel with his son, Lee, on the Honor Flight to Washington DC. He also organized, built, and maintained the local Veterans Memorial Park in Rosalia with the help of numerous others. Ken was also a 40-year member of the Rosalia Volunteer Fire Dept.

A service is planned for a later date. Online guestbook at cheneyfuneral.com.

 

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