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Kenneth Albert Graves

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Kenneth Albert Graves
Kenneth Albert Graves (Kenny), 22 years old, from Spokane, Wash., was living at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance House at the time of his death on July 25, 2012 in Seattle, Wash. Kenny was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in December of 2011. He fought with great determination and amazing dignity to overcome this vicious disease.

Kenny was born on Dec. 5, 1989, in Oakland, Calif. to Teresa (Teri) Michele Graves. She raised Ken as single parent until she met her future husband, Duane Lee Anderson a year later in Spencer, Ia., where they eventually lived as a family. Duane and Teresa later gave Kenny a sister, Cassy Anderson. She and Ken were always very close throughout his lifetime and then she naturally became his caregiver during his struggle with cancer.

Kenny attended Denison Job Corps in 2006 and graduated with his G.E.D and was certified in all Microsoft Programs.

Prior to his death, Ken had recently worked at the Spokane County Raceway and Northern Quest Resort and Casino. He was a very ambitious young man with a gregarious personality who loved to play guitar and go on long hikes with his friends as well as go long-boarding with his beloved German Shepard, Honey-Bear.

Kenny wanted to change the world and make it a better place, and we who know and love him believe his presence is a great loss to the planet as we know he had so much more life to live to make those big changes happen.

Formerly from northwest Iowa, Ken's family moved about frequently, but resided in Clay County for the majority of his childhood and had moved to Spokane, Wash. in 2008. This was a successful move for the family as Kenny and Cassy have nurtured many new friends and relationships along the way.

Kenny is survived by a very long list of family members: his grandparents, Ken and Debbie Owen of Oakland, Calif., John Allen Anderson, of Terril; and Don and Ruth Knephoff of Arkansas; great-grandma, Dorothy Wilson of Orangevale, Calif.; grandmother, Dorothy (Graves) Synyshyn, Farmington, Mo.; his mother, Teri and younger sister, Cassy; his father, Duane L. Anderson; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and of course, his awesome service dog, Honey; as well as, many beloved friends near and far.

Memorial Services will be arranged to be held at a future date in Spencer, Ia. when all family and friends can be present.