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In Memory of

Winston E. Kean

May 6, 1919 - June 18, 2017

Obituary


Winston E. Kean, the last surviving child of Bill and Virginia Kean, passed away June 18, 2017 at the age of 98. He was born in Antlers Oklahoma on May 6th, 1919.

During the depression, his family moved from farm to farm as work became available. In 1934 the family of eight loaded into a homemade camper with all their belongings and their piano and headed for Washington, landing outside Yakima in Rambler Park Migrant Camp.

After working in the fruit industry for 6 years Winston joined the army. He saw...

Winston E. Kean, the last surviving child of Bill and Virginia Kean, passed away June 18, 2017 at the age of 98. He was born in Antlers Oklahoma on May 6th, 1919.

During the depression, his family moved from farm to farm as work became available. In 1934 the family of eight loaded into a homemade camper with all their belongings and their piano and headed for Washington, landing outside Yakima in Rambler Park Migrant Camp.

After working in the fruit industry for 6 years Winston joined the army. He saw action in the battle for Luzon and Guadalcanal and was given a field promotion to sergeant. He returned to the states in 1945. He met his future wife, Lorraine Jewell, on VJ-Day. They were married 6 months later on March 14, 1946. After attending Perry Trade School he opened a paint and body shop with his brother Bob and brother-in-law Elmo. He worked for Beard Adams and Logan Seed Companies, and then began a rewarding career with the Washington State Department of Agriculture as a seed inspector. He and Lorraine raised 3 children during this time, a son James, and two daughters Shirley and Karen. All were active members of Broadway Christian Church. Winston retired from the Dept. of Agriculture in 1981. In 1982 he and Lorraine moved to Sunnyside to care for her mother. In 1984 they moved to their present home in Yakima. After retirement, they made yearly road trips to Missouri in their camper.

Winston enjoyed family reunions, fishing trips to Westport, and especially catching Silvers at Rimrock.

Winston is survived by his wife Lorraine, to whom he was married for 71 years, and 3 children, James Kean, Shirley Kingman, and Karen Lowe. In addition, he has 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday June 22nd 2017 at Terrace Heights Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Highgate of Yakima for their compassionate care.

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