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10/22/1942 - 05/26/2019

Kenneth Lee Germana (76) passed away on 26 May 2019 at the Spokane VA Hospital from a heart attack and stroke following surgery. He was born 22 Oct 1942 in Cleveland Ohio to Carmel and Anita (Brown) Germana.

He enlisted in the US Navy and graduated from NTC Great Lakes in 1960 and proceeded to serve on the USS Cascade AD-16 Destroyer based at Naples Italy in the Mediterranean 1960-61. Upon return to the states and his home base in Rhode Island, the ship was sent to Guantanamo Bay (GITMO) during the "Bay of Pigs" situation in 1962.

After discharge he returned to Ohio where he married and had two daughters. After his wife passed away, he remarried and had three sons and another daughter. In 1978 the family moved to Litchfield Arizona, where he worked for Bechtel Corp at the nuclear power plant as a welder/mechanic. In 1986 he moved to Rogue River (Wimer) Oregon and worked for Brotherton Construction and Winter's Construction as heavy equipment mechanic/operator. He also worked on the Elk Creek Dam with Ohbayashi Corp, he retired from Brotherton Pipeline as a crusher mechanic.

He met his life partner, Jeannie Smith in 1991 and they moved to Priest River Idaho in May 2004. In 2008 Kenny put Vay/Priest River on the national map by posting a controversial political sign on his property which attracted local and eventually national news media and even the secret service.

Kenny was a past member of the Happy Agers and a member of the Priest River Lions Club where he refurbished the Lions Trailer that is now used for Fireworks and Christmas Tree sales. He was an avid builder and built several barns in the area.

Kenny is survived by Jeannie, her daughter Tara Nary, his daughters: Kelly (Gene) Kitchen, Eagle Point, OR (Zebulyn and Jessica); Antoinette Germana, Medford, OR (Andrew & Forrest); Nicole Bertik, Gold Hill, OR (Tiffany, James Taylor Renfro, Justin Renfro). Sons: Kenny Germana Jr, Medford (Wyatt and Camy); Keith (Anne) Germana, Somerville, Ohio (Lacey and Luke). Nephew: Mike (Cristyl) Germana, Oneata, Alabama (Jamie and Caitlyn). He was preceded in death by his mother, father, younger brother Chris, older brother Ronald and his youngest son Kris.

Kenny was cremated by Advantage Funeral & Cremation Service on the South Hill in Spokane WA. His ashes will be buried with Military honors at the Eagle Point National Cemetery in Oregon on 16 August 2019 at 11am.

Kenny was one of a kind and if you knew him you would never forget him.

God has one hell of a worker up there. Keep him busy, he would like that………

Funeral Home
Printed Obituary
Published in the Mail Tribune
on August 15, 2019
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