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Kenneth Lee Harris
12/02/1952 — 05/01/2022
From Pasco, WA | Born in Seattle, WA
Richland, WA US 99352
Kenneth Lee Harris
Kenneth Lee Harris died May 1, 2022 due to glioblastoma brain cancer, which he fought since August 27, 2020. He was born in Seattle, WA. He served in the Navy (nuclear submarine) in the 1970’s for nine years and when discharged began a career involving nuclear power and engineering. He was the most patriotic man I have ever known. He retired from Energy Northwest in 2018.
Ken loved photography and left behind a legacy of beautiful pictures. Another hobby was British cars. He enjoyed his 1956 MGA, and lovingly restored two British 1957 MGA’s for his mother, which brought her much joy throughout the years. He started the Tri-Cities Strictly British Motor Club and thoroughly enjoyed his friendship with the members through the years. He enjoyed roses, cars, cooking, welding – he was a natural and loved to share his knowledge. He loved his family and one of his special moments was teaching his grand-daughter how to weld. He had been retired only two years when diagnosed with glioblastoma, but never complained. His motto was, “I can complain because rosebushes have thorns, or rejoice because the thorn bush has a rose…It is all up to me.” And he followed that motto every day.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, step-daughters Julie (Rob) Wilson, Andrea (Darrell) Orth, and five grandchildren; sister Linda (Bob) Flansburg, brothers Dick (Jane) Harris, Tom (Judy) Harris and their families. Instead of flowers, please consider supporting the UW Medicine Brain Repository and Integrated Neuropathology Research Fund in Ken Harris’ honor.
You may write a check to “UW Foundation” and mail to UW Medicine Advancement, Attn: Gift Processing, Box 358045, Seattle WA 98195-8045. Please write NEUROR in the memo line. Or please visit give.uwmedicine.org/give/? source=NEUROR to make a gift online.
Ken was a loving man with a positive presence and twinkle in his kind, blue eyes. He had a great and witty sense of humor, loved sharing his knowledge and was a wonderful, patient teacher to all of us. He truly enjoyed life. He will be missed always and remembered with love.
A memorial will be held at Richland Lutheran Church, 901 Van Giesen Street, Richland, WA. on Saturday, May 21 at 2:00 pm.