Kenneth Wayne Gill, of Freeland, Wash., succumbed to a long-term battle with lung cancer on Feb. 16 at 1:35 p.m. while in hospice care at Providence Medical Center in Everett, Wash.
Ken was born on May 15, 1942, in Seattle, Wash. to Dwayne and Maxine (Baldwin) Gill. He attended school in Everett and joined the Navy after leaving Everett High School.
He served aboard the USS Aludra as a radioman during his four years of service. He stayed in California after being discharged from the Navy and worked at a General Motors assembly plant.
Later he managed a car sales dealership and then became the road manager for Trini Lopez and the Elvin Bishop band. He helped set up gigs for Trini and Elvin all over the world and maintained contact with several of the old rockers until he passed.
Ken moved to Whidbey Island in the late 1980s to care for his grandfather Angus Scurlock, a longtime Bush Point resident and Whidbey “pioneer.” Scurlock Road is named after Angus.
Ken obtained his real estate broker’s license in 1991 and continued actively helping people with their real estate needs until his passing. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and especially touring on his prized Harley Davidson motorcycle. His friendly, outgoing, effusive manor will be missed by his many friends and satisfied real estate clients.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents Dwayne and Maxine Gill. He is survived by three sons: Kenneth, Kevin and David Gill; his brother Gary Gill and Gary’s wife Patricia; and sister Lynell Gill Turner.
Ken’s desires were to donate his body for research and then to “have his ashes spread over the water at Bush Point on an outgoing tide when the kings are running.”
His requests will be honored.