Kevin was born to Leonard Wang and Mary Wang (Dorch) on November 14, 1962 in Rapid City, South Dakota. Kevin eventually landed in northern Idaho when his family moved to Post Falls. In his early teens, Kevin discovered the secret to working hard and playing harder, as his first (and probably favorite) job involved early morning mountain biking across the beautiful Post Falls prairie, with his little brother Paul, moving the irrigation pipes to water the fields. When he wasn’t working, Kevin, aka the Little Hulk, was most likely pinning an unsuspecting soul on the Post Falls High School wrestling mat, and even went undefeated for a season or two.
Shortly after graduating from PFHS in 1981, Kevin moved to the Bemiss area of Spokane where he began working at Pacific Steel and Recycling. After working there for 20 years, he was lucky enough to end up calling many of his fellow roommates, golf buddies and lifelong friends.
Kevin also started another very important job during this time when his son Chadd was born. Kevin passed on his love for wrestling to Chadd and even volunteered with the Shaw Middle School wrestling team. Kevin was often referred to as a second father to neighborhood children, a role he was very proud of. When he wasn’t out playing HORSE with the kids or doing block-scale water balloon fights to the next level, he had Otter Pops ready to hand out to the masses. .
In 1997 Kevin met Antonia Reyes (Toni) and they got married in 2003. In the process he had a daughter, Sarah, and Sarah really didn’t think people could get any cooler than Kevin. They all enjoyed lots of activities together, with road trips wherever the wind took them, boat camping, family vacations and stops at casinos along the way.
In 2004, Kevin began his journey with our Lord and began attending Hillyard Baptist Church (HBC). He was very active in all aspects of church missions. He kept the floors clean with the “Great Machine”, he blessed everyone with his Call to Worship on Sunday mornings, and he even drove the church van to pick up those who had difficulty getting there. at offices. He often shared how special Sunday mornings were for him, meeting up with his family at church. One of the highlights of Kevin’s annual church was taking part in the infamous HBC Chili Cook-off. He often took the coveted top spot, except for the year he was bested by none other than his beautiful wife Toni. We’re not talking about that year…
As the proudest of the proud Coug dads, Kevin often cheered on the Cougs from home or traveled to Pullman to attend WSU football games and events (Dad’s Weekend 2012 will forever live in Reyes-Wang infamy) . Kevin was also an avid golfer and always looked forward to spending time on the green with his brother and his golf team, always chasing that much sought after hole in one. When Kevin wasn’t on an adventure or at church, he was recognized in his household as the lawn enforcer, cherry tomato whisperer, and general fixer of anything that needed fixing. . He also loved to cook, and every Saturday morning after Family Workday at HBC, Kevin was eager to learn new recipes from his usual lineup of PBS cooking shows and put those skills to good use in the kitchen, with a specialty in the omelets.
Kevin was always helping others, and it took many forms – plowing snow for neighbors, installing ceilings for friends, serving concessions at sporting events at Rogers High School, building stairs for his dachshund, Joey, for allow him to climb more easily. her favorite recliner, making French toast for the congregation on Easter morning or providing produce from her annual garden. Tomatoes and zucchini made the neighbors happy.
Throughout Kevin’s career, his work has taken him to literal new heights as he finds himself in roles such as installing ceilings for Spokane Acoustics, roofing with JU Contracting, and at the time of After his passing, Kevin’s work took him back to his old northern stomping ground. Idaho, where he took to the streets as a sanitary engineer for Coeur d’Alene Garbage.
Kevin is survived by his wife Toni, his son Chadd Wang, his daughter Sarah Reyes, his sisters Mary Alice Wang, Rae Carnahan (Steve) and Verla Lageschulte, and his brothers Paul Wang and Kelly Wang, his previous wife Laura Carter, a godson, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as two Pomeranians, Goldie and Tiny, and Joey the dachshund. He is predeceased by his parents and his younger brother Brian Wang.
Although we will miss him terribly, we are grateful that he is now at peace. Memorials can be made at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Spokane, Hillyard Baptist Church, or memorial of your choice.
A visitation and visitation will be held Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 4-8 p.m. at Hennessey Funeral Home on Division Street, Spokane, WA. Kevin will be interred at Evergreen Cemetery in Post Falls, ID at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 28, 2022, and a Celebration of Life for Kevin will be held at Hillyard Baptist in Spokane on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 11 a.m. Please visit www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com to leave your condolences on Kevin’s online guest book.
Published by Spokesman-Review on January 26, 2022.