Ken Fife, long time member of ASA-WA and a lifelong Wenatchee resident and owner of Dick’s Towing and Repair, passed away to the loving arms of his Savior March 26, 2010, at Central Washington Hospital, following a courageous battle with heart disease. Ken, 70, was born on March 10, 1940, in Wenatchee, to the late Douglas and Lucille (Felts) Fife. He graduated from the first senior class of Eastmont High School in 1958, marrying his high school sweetheart, Jeannie Gustin, on December 29, 1957, in Wenatchee. They made their first home in East Wenatchee and moved to Wenatchee, as he continued his education at Wenatchee Junior College. In his early years as an adult, he worked at a variety of jobs including: Chevron Oil service stations, Milot-Mills, Ferguson Furniture and Montgomery Wards. In the early 1960’s, Ken and two partners started Crown Furniture in Wenatchee; he worked as the store’s manager. Later in the 60’s, he sold his partnership and worked in interior design for JCPenney. In the early 1970’s, he worked for Dick’s Service and he and Jeannie purchased the towing operation there, calling
their business, Dick’s Towing, and had continued in that business since. Ken pursued many outdoor activities, including fishing, fast-pitch softball and NASCAR B modified car racing. After racing cars, he devoted his time to race car ownership, as well as tire and fuel sales for other racers. He had a hidden artistic bent and liked to paint. He was an avid bass fisherman and won regional tournaments with his good friend, Roy VanSlyke, traveling around the United States, fishing in national tournaments, too. In later years, Ken and Jeannie traveled in their RV. Ken’s heart and home were always open to family and friends. In the last few years, Ken Fisher has been a devoted caregiver and fishing buddy.
The family wishes to thank the many people God has brought into Ken’s life, who have helped him in loving service.
Ken is survived by his wife, Jeannie of Wenatchee; four children and their spouses, Alan and Althea Fife of Yakima, Tim and Laurie Fife of Pasco, Vicki and Don Seabrook of East Wenatchee and Chris and Kathy Fife of East Wenatchee; two brothers and one sister, Jerry and Andrea Fife of Des Moines, WA, Shirley Bradford of East Wenatchee and Jim and Laurel Fife of Wenatchee. He has 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father; and mother, who remarried in later life to Wayne Rosekrans, adding stepsisters, Jan Laine of Long Beach, CA, Reita and Paul Wood of Seattle and Sara and Jim Christensen of Coeur d’Alene, to the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Childcare Ministries, c/o the Wenatchee Free Methodist Church. Please express your thoughts and memories online at www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com. Arrangements by Heritage Memorial Chapel.