Raymond Oscar Keehner, 76, of Wenatchee, Wash., beloved husband and best friend of Carol (Brown) Keehner for 35 years, passed away on November 16, 2017.
He was predeceased by several of his great friends and ‘partners in crime’. He was also predeceased by his parents Iris Haight and Oscar Keehner.
Ray was born in Spokane, growing up in Eastern Washington where he spent his younger years on his grandparent’s ranch outside of Ritzville. Moving to Seattle, he attended Lincoln High School and spent those years water skiing on Lake Washington. He also spent time in the U.S. Coast Guard before eventually settling down in Bothell and starting his family.
Ray began a career in the body shop at Brooks Biddle Chevrolet where he was soon managing the shop. It was during this time he began doing body work out of his garage, which he quickly outgrew and he opened ‘Ray Keehner’s Bothell Auto Rebuild’ on Bothell Way. Ray was also a key member of the Bothell Chamber of Commerce and sponsored many a little league and youth soccer team.
Bothell Auto Rebuild was where he first met the love of his life, Carol and together they blended their two families. In addition to his wife Carol, Ray is survived by his and Carol’s children, Colleen Brown (Jim), Wendy Gitnes (Seth), Heather Munn (Jim) and Jon Keehner (Amy) as well as his pride and joy, grandchildren Joshua, Rylie, Rachael, Madeline, Gabrielle, Kyle, Ava, Zachary, Cole and Tristan; his sister Terry McCoy as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Ray was not only a pillar of the community, but the rock of his family. Ray was always in motion, he loved camping, hunting, water skiing, golfing, snowmobiling, flying his plane, attending airshows, working on his Studebakers, winning trophies at car shows and cheering on his grandkids in their many activities. He and Carol had recently moved from Bothell to Wenatchee to begin their latest adventure. Ray’s quiet strength and constant support will be missed by so many.
A memorial service will be held honoring Ray on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Bothell United Methodist Church, 18515 92nd Ave NE, Bothell. Memorial contributions may be made to the Museum of Flight (www.museumofflight.org), America’s Car Museum (www.americascarmuseum.org) or the Washington State Snowmobile Assn (www.wssa.us)