Ken Isenhart passed away Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, after a short battle with mesothelioma.
Ken Isenhart was born on Sept. 15, 1950, in Denver to Jim and Clara Isenhart. He was the second of four children and was raised in Lakewood, Colorado. He graduated from Alameda High School and attended Colorado School of Mines on a wrestling scholarship.
Ken married Marsha Childress on Feb. 9, 1974, in Grand Lake, Colorado, and they left the same day for Everson, Washington, with one backhoe and plans to start a construction company. Ken spent 41 years growing Tiger Construction until selling it to the next generation in 2015.
During these years Ken and Marsha raised three children and enjoyed being very involved in their lives. Ken had many hobbies including boating, skiing, snowmobiling and traveling. He was a lifelong member of the Nooksack Valley Methodist Church, Everson Lions Club and Building Industry Association of Whatcom County. His favorite activity was being Papa to his grandchildren.
Ken is survived by his wife of 46 years, Marsha; his brothers Steve (Sharon) Isenhart of Bellingham and Wes (Linda) Isenhart of Blackhawk, Colorado; sister Barbara (John) Archuleta of Denver; and brother-in-law Gary (Patty) Childress of Aurora, Colorado. He will be greatly missed by son Scott (Anne) Isenhart of Everson, daughter Becky (Kristian) Peterson of Chicago, and son Nick (DeAnza) Isenhart of Bellingham; granddaughters Sarah, Emily, Katherine and Juliana, and grandson Jack, with another granddaughter on the way. He leaves behind his faithful dog Brandi.
Ken’s family extends a special thanks to Terry Graham, who donated a kidney to Ken in 2013 and allowed him to have a dialysis-free life his last seven years.
A full service will be held in November.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.