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Kenneth Ray Bostain

1943 ~ 2019 (age 75)

Kenneth Ray “ Kenny” Bostain , 75 , passed away in Puyallup , WA on April 23rd, 2019.
He was a thoughtful and caring Father who loved his family and all the simple things in life…. A
true Islander needless to say.
He was born and raised on Vashon Island by his parents Homer and Nellie Bostain. He
went to the small Vashon elementary school off Wax Orchards drive and graduated from
Vashon High in 1962. An avid High School baseball player for the school , he also enjoyed
rebuilding old cars and driving them through the woods by the “ole garbage dump” just a few
blocks from his childhood home off Cemetery road. That was in between working for the Mukai
Packing Company. Just after high school , he joined the United States Navy where he attended
basic training and remained stationed in San Diego. He served as an Aviation Machinist Mate
working on reciprocating type engines until his end of obligated service in 1967.
Returning to Vashon to raise a family that would eventually become a wife , 5 boys and 1
dog ! , Kenny worked for K2 and the Vashon Fire & Medic station until starting a career with
Rohr Industries in Auburn as an Machinist. He had a passion for his job building and
maintaining Boeing aircraft engines. He started his career in the Boeing historic red barn and
medically retired in 1996.
Kenny had many talents and they showed in his hobbies such as toy car model building ,
general carpentry , drinking milk , auto mechanics, but especially his attention to detail while
refurbishing old furniture. He was very meticulous with his work and every piece came out better
than brand new. He was even known to find old pieces near the dumpster somewhere and
restore it without any thought regarding time or the attention needed. He loved long car trips ,
the ocean and Mt Rainier where family vacations occurred throughout the years. But , his love
and memories of Vashon was always at the front of his mind. He spoke about old friends and
shared many stories about the island. One would think he was a Vashon historian or the like.
No matter where Kenny lived , he always made friends with neighbors or associates. His
skin was tough but his heart was soft and that showed more and more as the years came to
pass. “ I suppose….!” , was his staple statement and its a well reminder that he was letting
everyone know things are ok and not to worry so much. Always thinking about others , he was.
Kenny is survived by five sons : Anthony , Kenneth Richard , Michael , Gene and
Christopher whom have 11 grandchildren combined. His Sister in law Sally Bostain , His nieces
Rita , Jody , Jennifer ,Claudette Von Derahe , HIs Nephews Michael , Stephen and Alex
Bostain. Plus a distinguished amount of great nieces and nephews.
Friends and family will gather at the Vashon Island Funeral home on May 18th at 1pm
followed by a military flag burial ceremony at Vashon Cemetery starting at approx 3:30pm.

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