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Kenneth Wayne Gust


Last updated 1/24/2023 at 1:57pm

Kenneth Wayne Gust

Jun. 14, 1940 – Jan. 14, 2023

Kenneth Wayne Gust, 82, of Ritzville, Wash., passed away on Jan. 14, 2023.

Ken was born on Jun. 14, 1940 to Alfred and Violet (Kison) Gust in Ritzville, Wash. He graduated from Lind High School in 1960.

After graduating, Ken worked with his father on the family farm in the Ralston area. In 1960, he married the love of his life Sally Lightel. Ken and Sally started their family and went on to have three children, Nancy, Susan and Mike.

After suddenly losing his father at an early age, Ken took on the responsibility of the farm. With the help of his neighbors, he continued a successful farming career until he retired in 2010. In addition to farming, he had a lifelong passion for restoring classic cars. He enjoyed being involved with the Ritzville Classic Car Club.

Ken was preceded by his parents, Alfred and Violet Gust. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Sally Gust, his children; Nancy Weber, Susan (Rob) Dewald, and Michael (Karla) Gust, grandchildren; Jennifer Best, Brandon Janzen, Travis Dewald, Stacey Sue Dewald, Jake (Savannah) Dewald and Garrett Gust; great grandchildren; Russell Dewald, Kaileigh Best, Bodhi Best, Olivia Janzen and Coen Dewald.

A celebration of Ken's life will be held at Danekas Funeral Home on Fri. Jan. 27, 2023 at 11:00am, followed by a reception at the Wheat Grower's Building. There will be a public viewing on Thurs. Jan. 26, 2023 from noon- 5pm at Danekas Funeral Home.


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