Memorial planned February 5th for Kenneth McKim, 1947-2021

Family and friends will gather February 5th to remember Kenneth McKim, and are sharing this remembrance with his community:

Kenneth Davis McKim
August 19, 1947 ~ November 30, 2021

Ken was born on August 19,1947, and grew up in Springfield, Ohio, the only child of Albert and Dorothy McKim.

Ken passed away on November 30, 2021 in Seattle. He was surrounded by a large extended family, and enjoyed spending time with his many cousins. He attended Springfield North High School and was involved in wrestling, pole vault, and also enjoyed dramatic arts, including high-school musicals. He met Vicky Kaiser, who would become his high-school sweetheart and love of his life for more than 50 years. They got married on December 14, 1968 in Springfield and lived in Columbus, Ohio.

Ken attended The Ohio State University and completed his degree in veterinary medicine in 1971. After graduation, he and Vicky moved to Seattle and raised a family, with the births of daughter Jennifer and son Jeremy. Many years later in 1981, Ken’s parents moved to Seattle and enjoyed being close to family and making a home in West Seattle. He attended Hope Lutheran Church and enjoyed participating in the life of the church. including men’s ministry, mission trips to Mexico, and many other activities. His faith in Jesus was paramount in his life, directing his principles and was the foundation of his strength, especially during his extended battle with cancer.

Ken began his veterinary career in West Seattle at Lien Animal Clinic, until opening his own practice and purchasing a hospital in 1977. His career and practice would span over 41 years at Greentree Animal Hospital and he was a beloved and devoted veterinarian in the West Seattle community.

He was active in his community through membership in the West Seattle Rotary Club for more than 40 years, and was a Major Donor and recipient of several Paul Harris Fellows, as well as joining the Rotary Buccaneers and serving in numerous leadership capacities, including club President. For several years, he coached pole vault at Seattle Lutheran High School and enjoyed watching the success of athletes and track teams.

Ken enjoyed many outdoor activities including camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing, and was a long-time member of the West Seattle Sportsmen’s Club and the National Rifle Association. He had many hobbies and was a collector of antiques and tools, and enjoyed traveling to events as a member of the Pacific Northwest Tool Collectors.

Ken and Vicky dreamed of retirement at their property in Cle Elum, Washington, and Ken carried that dream forward by building a log home, and enjoying the company of many of his Cle Elum neighbors and friends. Ken was blessed to have dear and supportive friends who ministered to him, notably in these last several years when he required additional cancer treatment and care. We are especially grateful to everyone at Hope Lutheran Church, his extended community in West Seattle and Cle Elum, and fellow veterinary colleagues who have loved and supported him.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy (1999) and Albert (2000) McKim, and his wife Vicky (2013). Ken is survived by his daughter Jennifer (Glenn) and their three sons: Owen, Ian, and Seth; son Jeremy (Sydel) and their daughter Bailey and sons Hunter and Sam; his sisters-in-law Becky (Denny), Connie, and Mindy (Bruce), along with many beloved cousins, nephews, and nieces.

A memorial service will be held on February 5, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in West Seattle. The memorial will also be livestreamed at and available from the church web site:

If you would like to make a memorial gift in Ken’s honor, donations can be given in his name to his cherished causes: the Hope Lutheran Men’s Ministry Fund, Animal Husbandry at Hill Country Youth Ranch, or to the Rotary Foundation.

Please share memories, condolences & photos with Ken’s family at * Arrangements entrusted to Emmick Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services of West Seattle

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries and memorial announcements by request, free of charge. Please email the text, and a photo if available, to

8 Replies to "Memorial planned February 5th for Kenneth McKim, 1947-2021"

  • WSDogMama January 21, 2022 (9:18 am)

    What a kind and gentle soul Dr. McKim was.  As our treasured Vet,  he was with us every step of the way with two dogs and we will always hold him in a special place in our hearts.  Our thoughts go out to his family and friends, he was a very very special soul on this earth, he will be missed.  

  • Jennifer January 21, 2022 (12:42 pm)

    Thank you for your kind words – Jennifer McKim (Dr. McKim’s daughter)

    • Jill Loblaw January 21, 2022 (7:28 pm)

      What WSDogMama said and more. We really enjoyed him as the vet for four of our dogs. Along with his love for animals and his good sense of humor and compassion, he was a right, good egg. Much love to his family. ❤️ He will be terribly missed.

      • Jennifer January 23, 2022 (12:38 pm)

        Thank you so much!

  • M. January 21, 2022 (1:49 pm)

    I went to church with the McKims. Gosh they were good people. So sorry for the family’s loss. 

  • Marysue January 21, 2022 (11:42 pm)

    Dr. McKim was our family veterinarian for many years. His expert and compassionate care of our family dogs and our foster dogs was much appreciated. He was also a wonderful story teller and I learned something from every encounter with him. I was especially touched to learn that he had gone on many fishing trips with my beloved father-in-law, Armando “Carney” Carnevali ; there was that wonderful West Seattle community connection! Dr. McKim was a treasure of a human being. My thoughts go out to his family.

  • Victoria January 22, 2022 (7:38 am)

    So sorry to hear this news.  Dr McKim was our family’s
    vet since 1983.  One early morning, my 10-year-old daughter went to Lowman
    Park to “fish” but caught a seagull instead.  She came home
    crying carrying this squawking bird, so I rushed her to Dr. McKim because I
    didn’t know what else to do.  Dr McKim spent over an hour before he was able to
    successfully remove the fishhook and save the bird.  He was so kind to my
    crying daughter and refused to even charge us.  A year later, we adopted a
    dog and Dr. McKim became our official vet.  He will be sorely missed. 

  • Jennifer January 23, 2022 (12:38 pm)

    Thanks for sharing that sweet story – I can just picture my dad removing that fishhook. – Jennifer

Sorry, comment time is over.