Kenneth Stuart Earnst (Stu) was born in Kearney, Nebraska on March 31, 1943 and died in Skagit Valley Hospital on Sunday, January 31, 2016. He attended school in several places, graduating from Sedro-Woolley High School in 1961. Stu served in the Army and was stationed in South Korea. He was employed for 32 years at the Sedro-Woolley Wastewater Treatment Plant, retiring in 2009.
Upon retirement, Stu purchased his pride and joy, a 30 foot motorhome. For several years, he and Kathy were snowbirds spending winters in Arizona and taking in the rock and gem shows in Quartzsite and Tucson. He loved spending time at the family cabin in Mazama, WA. A couple of years ago, he started to make homemade beer. He was proud of his home brew and enjoyed having the neighbors stop by for a sample. Another hobby for the past 40 years was rockhounding. He led a 4-H club in geology for over 20 years and was proud of his Northwest Rockies’ kids. Currently he was on the board of the Washington State Mineral Council and an active member of the Marysville Rock & Gem Club. In his younger years, he was an active member of Skagit Mountain Rescue and helped with Skagit Explorer Search and Rescue. Travel was a very important part of his life. Several trips to Europe, a cruise down the west coast of Italy and
a cruise through the Panama Canal were favorites. At the top of his bucket list was taking his own motorhome to Alaska. That came true this past summer when an 8 week trip to Alaska in the motorhome was made.
Stu is survived by his wife, Kathy; son, Ken; daughter, Janet Lindquist; mother, Phyllis Wear; six grandchildren, Kenny and Terri Earnst, Kelsey Lineberger, Eric, Sarah, and Anna Lindquist; sisters, Nancy Dorning and Carolyn Meyers; brothers, Ron Earnst, Mark Earnst, and Dan Wear. He is also survived by his dearly loved exchange students, Robert and Johanna Stocking, Vladimir Pavlovsky and Alex Manes all of whom were very important to him.
At his request, no services will be held at this time. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when the weather improves. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, to the Marysville Rock Club Scholarship Fund, or to a charity of your choice. Share your memories of Stu and sign the online guest register at www.lemleychapel.com.