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OBITUARY: Scott Daniel Kenady

Scott Daniel Kenady, a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and son, passed away on December 10, 2023, at the age of 55. Scott was born on September 2, 1968, in Eugene, Oregon to Ramona and Doyle Kenady.

Scott unexpectedly died of a massive stroke following a routine medical procedure necessary to reduce pressure on his brain from a giant fusiform aneurysm.

Scott was known for his positive attitude, infectious humor, and adventurous spirit. He grew up in the Willamette Valley spending time between Salem, Oregon, and the Eugene-Springfield area. In 1987, he graduated from Thurston High School in Springfield. Scott married his high school sweetheart, Petra, in 2014, after both had gone their separate ways and reconnected through Facebook. Petra was an exchange student from Finland.

A dream shared by Scott and his brother,Todd was to open a swim center for dogs to provide exercise, therapy and rehabilitation. That dream came true in 2018 when Scott and Petra opened the doors to K-9 Swim Center in Springfield. Although Todd never lived to see the business open because he was killed in a head-on collision on August 5, 2017, on Marcola Road, Scott was determined to see it through in honor of his brother.

Prior to opening the swim center, Scott had a successful career in the finance and automobile sales industry. He provided executive management leadership at several dealerships and regional automobile related enterprises in Oregon and elsewhere in the U.S.

Scott’s life was marked by enormous health challenges; however, he was determined to live to its fullest with much joy and love. In his late teens Scott was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome, which led to the need for a kidney transplant. That transplant came from his loving aunt, Rebecca von Stein, in 2010. Scott was forever thankful to his Aunt Becky. Unfortunately, that was not Scott’s only health challenge. In 2013, he suffered a stroke, caused by a fusiform aneurysm in the basil artery of his brain. Although the news of the aneurysm seemed overwhelming, and the rehabilitation necessary to deal with the disabilities from the stroke, Scott did not give up. He was determined to live each day to the max and never took anything for granted.

In addition to his love of dogs, and all animals, Scott and his brother Todd joined the shepherds in the local area, by competing in sheep dog trials. In fact, the brothers sponsored several sheep dog trials on the family farm located in the Mohawk Valley.

Scott’s resilience and love for his family and friends will always be remembered. Scott will be dearly missed by the love of his life, wife Petra, his three sons, Andrew, Hayden and his wife Daisy; and Ashton and his wife Lilly; his two granddaughters, Milava and Rose; his mother Ramona Kenady Line and her husband Bill; his mother and father-in-law, Hanna and Garth Russell; his two sisters, Sharyah Johnson and her husband Bo; Dara Whelchel and her husband Blake; his sister-in law, Patricia Kenady, her son and Scott’s nephew, Daniel Kenady and his mate, Kendall Bergerson; his former wife Brenda Bronson; 14 aunts and uncles and 55 cousins plus many, many friends.

Scott was preceded in death by his father, Doyle Kenady; his brother, Todd Kenady; and his grandparents, Richard and Emily Juanita Eymann; and Don and Bertha Kenady.

Typical of his good humor and love, Scott requested that a portion of his ashes be interred in an Etch-A-Sketch so his Grand Babies can play with him when they are a bit older.

in honor of Scott’s love of desserts, there will be a “Sweet” Celebration of Life held on December 29 at 1 p.m. at the Emmaus Lutheran Church, W. 18th Ave., Eugene.

–Submitted information

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