David Edmund "Dave" Kenny
1938 - 2021

April 16, 1938 ˜ February 1, 2021

David (Dave) Edmund Kenny, 82, of Vancouver, WA, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, Feb. 1, 2021, due to complications from a fall. He was the fourth of five children born April 16, 1938, in Vancouver to George and Alice Kenny. David lived his entire life in the area while working, raising a family, and serving his community in several organizations.
David graduated from Vancouver High School in 1957, and soon began his career at First Independent Bank while attending Clark College. He retired after serving his employer and the community for 43 years. David was quoted as saying, “The thing I really enjoyed about the development of my banking career was being able to deal with people from a position of honesty, and the ability to get to know my customers.” For several years after retiring David worked as a driver at Getaway Charters and as a school bus driver at KWRL Transportation. David espoused honesty and integrity into everything he did.
In 1959, David married his high school sweetheart, Patricia (Pat) Granatir. They were married for 57 years until Patricia’s passing in 2016. They had four children, Andy, Steve, Kay and Jeff. His children remember him as kind, gentle, loving, patient and a driven father who encouraged them to pursue their goals.
David’s commitment to serving his community began in his early 20s. The Knights of Columbus, CYO, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Vancouver and Woodland Rotary, Parks and Recreation, Clark County Kidney Patients, Kiwanis Club, Lunch Buddy Program, Luepke Center Senior Lunch Program, Miss Washington Pageant and Vancouver Jaycees where he helped start the now famous Vancouver Fireworks Celebration, were just a few of the organizations he was involved with. David loved helping the community grow and thrive.
David enjoyed many activities with his family including camping, traveling, spending time with his children, grandkids, attending their events, umpiring for over 30 years, spending time at Lake Merwin Campers Hideaway and hosting foreign exchange students from Chile, Hungary and Poland. In 1995, he was inducted into the American Softball Association Umpires Hall of Fame. He also officiated and coached all levels of youth and adult sports, including soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball. After traveling around the world with the 101 Foundation in 1996, David and Pat enjoyed making Mission Bead Rosaries, which have been delivered all over the world. David cherished the time with his family and friends and the traveling he as able to do with Pat over the years.
In 2017, David was once again blessed with love and a happy marriage when he married Nicki Newman. David and Nicki enjoyed spending time together, taking care of each other, traveling, attending church together, family events, and enjoyed many trips to Lake Merwin Campers Hideaway.
David is survived by his wife, Nicki Kenny; children, Steve (Jeanie) Kenny and Kay Hymas all of Vancouver; stepson, David Moore; five grandchildren, Teresa Vance (Luke), Santana McCrea, Brian Kenny, Phillip (Christine) Hymas and Matthew Hymas; seven great-grandchildren, Elias, Michael, Justice, Jalen, Teija, Griffey and Grant; siblings, Hazel Hall and Bill (Pat) Kenny. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Patricia (Pat) Kenny in 2016; oldest son, Andrew (Andy) Kenny in 2018 and youngest son, Jeffrey (Jeff) Kenny in 1987; parents, George and Alice Kenny; siblings, Mary Ellen Brusseau and Margaret Bentz.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be a private funeral service Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, at 1 p.m. at Saint Joseph Catholic Church with a burial immediately following at Park Hill Cemetery. The service will be performed with virtual access at Live Stream connection: facebook.com/stjoevan and the parish website: stjoevan.org.
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Published by The Columbian on Feb. 13, 2021.
Funeral service
Saint Joseph Catholic Church
, WA
Park Hill Cemetery
, WA
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I was saddened to hear the recent news of the passing of Dave and wanted to extend my sincere condolences to his entire family. I always enjoyed my community interactions with Dave and found that he was consistently a strong and loyal supporter of our entire community. I trust his family will find peace and consolation in the many happy memories they have. May Dave rest in peace.


Dan Tonkovich
Dan Tonkovich
March 3, 2021
Nikki and family,
All of our hearts break for you. I’m so very sorry we didn’t recognize Dave’s service. Folks didn’t get a paper for 3 days weather related I’m sure. We were unaware of the virtual service. Would have loved to acknowledge our very dear friend. Dave was our angel in disguise. His support and kindness will never be forgotten. Cherished you are Mr Kenny!!
Nikki and Kay and Steve we are here for you whenever you need. All our love to you.
Dave and Katie Logan
Arnie and Joan Allen
Katie Heinzman-Logan
February 19, 2021
Nicki, Kay, Steve, Jeanie and family, We are sorry we weren't able to visit a bit at Daves service. We send our condolences for your loss and grief. All who have been blessed with Dave in their lives are fortunate for the loving and happy memories. All who have already passed are fortunate to have him with them in heaven.. We love you all and miss you, looking forward to seeing you soon, Harold and Sarah
Harold and Sarah Henderson
February 19, 2021
I am shocked! Dave, as you all in the family know, was a very good friend of mine. We have known each other most all of our lives. We share the same age, went to St James and then St. Joseph's. We worked on the beginning of St. Joseph's. Our kids are the same age and grew up together. We lived close to each other. Our families both-tragically- lost a child. David and I both worked in downtown Vancouver. Dave and I played softball together and we both helped start the slow-pitch league. We were active in the Jaycees, Miss Washington Pageant, and much more! including the late night parties, cooking breakfast after and then trudging off to work. Many great memories, great kids and we have grown old together. I will miss Dave, he remains a true friend and gentleman.
Ron Onslow
February 18, 2021
We were so shocked and disheartened to hear of Dave's passing. My first thought was "what a fighter" he and Nicki both were with his health issues.

We were given an angel when the Lord sent Dave Kenny to us. We had no idea how "involved" he was with the community. We knew he was always involved with church activities, but after reading his obituary, when did he have time to sleep?

Dave was truly a remarkable man, and our lives were certainly enriched by his presence and example. So many people will grieve your loss. Our deepest condolences to family members and friends who loved him so very much. What a FINE man!
Bob and Petey Fleischmann
February 18, 2021
I worked with Dave at First Independent. He was a good co-worker. I know his family will miss him.
Holly Taylor
February 18, 2021
Dave was a wonderful man and loved dearly by our family. So many memories of him, dancing at Nick's with Nicki, listening to brother Tim play... Dave started driving school bus when our youngest child Rikki started school and he would stop and pick her up every morning, in front of the high school where I worked, to take her to school. He & Pat worked many Planters Days working in the St. Philip's hamburger stand and he always just made everything fun. He always had a smile, a kind word for everyone, a twinkle in his eye and love in his heart. Oh how we are going to miss him. We absolutely loved him and he always felt like he was part of your family. He gave everyone his absolute best every single minute of his life. It was an honor and privilege to know this most beautiful person and soul. We are better people for knowing him and God graced our life when He gave us Dave. Dave lived his faith and was a bright and shining light to the world - a true & faithful servant of our Lord, Jesus Christ. "Eternal rest grant upon him, O Lord and let the perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace, Amen." Pat & Cindy Hadaller & Family Much Love to his family
Pat & Cindy Hadaller
February 18, 2021
Dave was a genuinely wonderful person; always ready with a smile and a twinkle in his eye. When you were with him, you could feel how much he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. We are blessed to be a part of his family and will truly miss him. Go in peace.
Richard & Mary Pirnke
February 17, 2021
I knew Dave through his volunteer work as a member of Vancouver's Parks and Recreation Commission. He was a member for many years and was an effective citizen advocate. His opinions were offered frequently and were thoughtful and well received. While we wished him well in his retirement, it was with some disappointment as his move to Woodland meant he had to resign from the Commission. Rest in peace Dave, you lived a life you can be very proud of.
Dan George
February 16, 2021
Dave Kenny and I met at the Vancouver J-Cs in 1967 we had a great friend ship all those special years he is a prince of a man will always be with us. We were Ambassadors with the Vancouver Chamber together for many years Dave was one of the first Ambassadors in 1984 ?. We had so much fun at all the very special events. We were the meet and greater for the event. Dave retired and we would see each other mostly bey accident or a city or county function you will be missed my friend you were blessed by God rest in peace. Steve so sorry for your loss your Dad was a very special friend. Batter Up Dave. Byron
February 15, 2021
Dave Kenny was what I would call a great American. Loyal to his family, friends and God. I remember his humor and patience as he and Pat hosted about 20 of us 9th graders for a CYO meeting in their house, haha. He deserves heaven, in my book. Now play ball!!
Barbara Peterson
February 13, 2021
My condolences to the Kenny family. I went all through grade school with Andy and Steve. What a fantastic life. Great example to others on what is important. His family, and giving. He is in a better place. My God Bless you all and get you through these tough times. He is in my prayers. Edgar
Edgar W. Butsch
February 13, 2021
Our condolences to the family. So sorry Hazel to hear of Dave’s passing
Dale and Joanne Julian
February 13, 2021
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