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Kenneth Hugh Binion

December 6, 1944 March 18, 2013
Kenneth Hugh Binion
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BINION, Kenneth H. Beloved husband, father and friend, passed away too soon on March 18, 2013. Born December 6, 1944, in Sayre, Oklahoma, he is survived by Marilyn, his wife of forty-four years; sons, Ronald and Brent Binion, and Steve Burn who was like a son to him; daughters-in-law, Becky Binion and Carol Binion; grandchildren, Ian and Kira; and brother, Ron. Ken studied industrial engineering at Oklahoma State University, but found his life's work in banking, serving as a Vice President for Crocker, Wells Fargo, B of A and, finally, Sterling Bank where he spent his final and happiest work years, finding a new family there with whom he shared a love of cycling. He rode his Trek and Scotts on many Spokane trails, and after every ride had some tale to tell: riding alongside a deer across an old train bridge, or watching spellbound as bald eagles sunned by the river. Earlier in life Ken was a theater dad, participating enthusiastically in his sons' puppetry and repertory theater programs. The Binion garages were turned into workshops and became the center of creative activity. Ken helped build and direct the endless projects and performances, giving guidance to his sons and many other young people. In recent years, he lovingly supported his wife in her new writing career. Ken was a founding member of a Rotary Club in Eureka, California, actively engaging in its student exchange program; sat on community boards, including a homeless shelter committee; and was host father to Japanese exchange students from Mukogawa Institute. Most of all, everyone who met Ken was treated with respect, kindness and a smile like sunshine. His final gift was the donation of his corneas which now give someone vision to see the sunrises Ken so loved.

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