Kenneth “Dale” Strong

10/31/1957 — 01/08/2023

Born in Corvallis, OR

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Life Celebration for Kenneth Dale

Fri, February 3, 2023, 2:00 pm
Events at Sunset
915 Bypass Highway

Richland, WA 99352

Kenneth “Dale” Strong

Kenneth Dale Strong
Our Beloved Husband, Dad, Papa, Son, Brother, and Friend was taken away from us tragically on January 8, 2023 when he stopped to render assistance to a truck he witnessed flip & roll into the median off the highway. He had years of CPR, First Aid, & Emergency Preparedness training.

After successfully helping remove two young men trapped in their truck he headed back toward his car when another vehicle lost control, plunged into the median, hitting and killing him instantly.

Ken, (Dale to family & old friends) was born on October 31, 1957 in Corvallis, Oregon to Kenneth A. and Barbara Strong.

He grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho, then moved to Alaska for a few years, then to Richland, Washington  where he met and fell in love with Karen in 1978. They married in 1980. During their 45 years together they welcomed two loving daughters & ten wonderful grandchildren.

Ken had such a kind, giving, gentle, loving soul. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. He was a man of few words, but a man of his word. Everyone he met he called friend.

He enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow, fishing, golf (ball chasing as he would sometimes call it), gaming and being outdoors collecting rocks and taking pictures of wildlife.

He had just retired five weeks prior to his death, and was hoping to spend more time with family & friends, catching up on honey-do’s, traveling and looking forward to new adventures.

He was an ironworker (Local 14) by trade, but held numerous positions at Hanford over his 35 year career, including – Ironworker/Rigger, Hazard and Radioactive Waste Shipper/ Manager, Teamster Manager, Field Work Supervisor, and at the end of his career, a Rigging Engineer Project Manager.

Ken is survived by his wife Karen, daughter Miranda & her husband Bryan Thompson, daughter Amy & her husband Brad Lathim, grandchildren, Alexis, Ethan, Elyza, Dominik, Gavin, Amyah, Azlynn, Cody, Noah, Liam, (and one on the way , which will be named after him), mother Barbara Strong, sister Terri Strong, sister Angie & her husband Brian Henson, Mother In-law Alice Castle &  numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, & friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Kenneth A. Strong.

We will always love Ken (Dale). He was our hero, our everything, and he will be missed forever. He truly was one of a kind.

Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, February 3, 2023 at 2:00 pm with a light reception to follow at Events at Sunset.

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  • My dad was the best. My heart is forever broken from the cruel way he was stolen from us. He will always be missed.

    Amy Lathim
    February 3, 2023
    Pasco WA
  • Memory of Kenny will always be in our ❤

    Tim Buck
    February 3, 2023
    Burbank, WA
  • I love you brother. You are missed.

    Angie Henson
    February 3, 2023
    Skiatook, Oklahoma
  • Ken will be missed by everyone who had ever met him, and for the rest of you. I’m sorry you never got to meet him truly one of nicest person , I have ever met.

    Gerry Ireland
    February 1, 2023
  • I worked for Men and he was a great boss.

    Frank Shaw
    January 30, 2023
    Ferry county
  • Ken was one of my husband’s first friends after moving to the Tri-Cities and we spent a lot of time with him and Karen back in the 90s. Pinochle, bowling, lots of fishing and golf for the guys. There was that crazy weekend we went deep sea fishing and caught among other things, a couple baby sharks and a seagull!! I still remember Ken’s 40th birthday party like it was last week.
    Your description of Ken is perfect–gentle, kind, a friend, and a man of few words. And he was very funny, in a subtle way.
    I’m glad we ran into you guys last year, after such a long time. I know Tom and Ken were still golfing occasionally, and Ken always passed along his good wishes to me through Tom. But it was really nice to see you in person. We have such fond memories with you both.

    Liza Beam
    January 30, 2023
    Richland, WA
  • Ken was always friendly and helpful.
    Willing to listen and lend a hand.
    He was easy to work with, focused on getting the work done safely willing.

    Dustin Selfridge
    January 30, 2023
    Hanford, WA
  • RIP Cousin. You are greatly missed.
    Love Stan and Nancy Janes

    Janes Stan
    January 29, 2023
  • Rod and I worked with Ken and Karen for many years. He was always a pleasure to work with. My heart goes out to Karen and their family in this time of loss. May you find peace within your memories.

    Kathy Burton
    January 28, 2023
    Kennewick, WA
  • He was such a good man. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    Mike Wingfield
    January 28, 2023
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