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Kenny Graff


Kenny Graff

Kenny Dean Graff, 54, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on September 7th, 2014 after a hard fought battle with cancer.

Kenny was born on November 22nd, 1959 in Othello, WA to the late Donna and Walter Graff. He graduated from Othello High School in 1978. Kenny married his high school sweetheart, Lori (Husted) on September 6th 1980. They decided on this day because four years prior Kenny had caught her attention nonchalantly by trying to run her off the road in her brand new Camaro.

Kenny and Lori expanded their family with four daughters. In 1991 Kenny and family moved to Goldendale. This is the year he opened his doors at A2Z Auto Clinic. He was proud to continue the family business that was started in 1960 by Art and Myrtle Andersen, passed onto Ken Andersen, and then continued by him. He successfully ran his auto mechanic shop until his diagnosis in January 2014. Even after that, he continued using his skills as needed.

Kenny had many hobbies that kept him busy. His first and foremost was spending time with his family, especially being his girls' biggest fan throughout their academic and athletic careers. This continued into his new title of Papa. Kenny thoroughly enjoyed all five of his grandsons. He was an active person who enjoyed driving in the demolition derby, building hot rods, camping, hunting, fishing, dirtbiking, umpiring little league, playing Santa for a local photographer, playing his banjo and harmonica, interrogating boyfriends, telling jokes, and swapping stories at the shop with all of the tire kickers and bench racers.

Kenny always put others first, even if that meant he went without. He was always there for anyone, no matter what was on his schedule for that day. He was known for his big heart, contagious smile, strong hands, relentless work ethic, and a list that goes on. Kenny will be dearly missed by many friends and family members. He was a blessing to all.

Kenny is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Lori Graff of Goldendale, his four daughters and their families; Allison, Brad, Caden & Connor Fahlenkamp of Goldendale, Megan, Mike, Brody, and Mason Beckstrand of Yakima, Kayla, Corey and Terrance Wehr of Goldendale, and Brooke Graff of Goldendale. Also, his brothers, Jerry Graff of Texas, Steve and Kathy Graff of Idaho, Wally Graff of Yakima, and Kelly and Christine Graff of Selah; his in-laws, Arlene and Dave McDermid of Glendale, AZ, Velma and the late Jerry Husted of Goldendale, and 12 nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.

The family would like to thank the community from the bottom of their hearts for all of the love, support, thoughts and prayers throughout this difficult journey. A special thank you goes out to Dr. Garnett.

A celebration of Kenny's life will be held at the Klickitat County Fairgrounds indoor building, Friday, Sept. 12, at 1 p.m. Fire up the hot rods and Harleys, and let's fill up the parking lot.


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