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Kenneth Gene High Jr. – February 18, 2018

Kenneth Gene High, Jr., (Ken) age 56 of Amarillo died peacefully at his home surrounded by family on February 18, 2018. While fighting a hard battle with cancer, one of the things he would always say is that his goal is to finally be able to proclaim “they gave me two years and I am now a 20 year survivor. I want to punch Satan in the face and tell him you cannot defeat Jesus Christ.” While he may not have accomplished this goal entirely he did win the war and is now home with the Lord and pain free. Born August 12, 1961, in Amarillo, Texas, to Kenneth High, Sr. and Barbara High. He graduated from Tascosa High in 1979 where he made fond memories with many friends that he held close to his heart. On June 12, 1982, he married the love of his life, Cindy Elaine Gustin.
Ken made sure to live his life to the fullest, even up to his last day. He constantly wanted everyone to remember that life is a party and to have fun. It was never a dull moment  with Ken, he knew how to turn any regular boring day into an adventure.  He was well known for his quick wit, ornery but loving personality, and family oriented life style. He focused a lot of his time on his family and made sure to let them know how much they were loved. Ken was also a dedicated member to the church, God of Wonders Fellowship, where he helped run the audio and sound for  the music ministry during services and events. To everyone who was able to join him in his festival of life, thank you. He will be greatly missed, but the stories and memories created with him will live on. You could describe Ken as an astonishing cook, a self-taught handy man, avid fisher, enthusiastic cigar connoisseur, and a firm believer in Christ. The grandkids loved their PawPaw and enjoyed all the time they were able to spend with him making memories to cherish. He was his wife’s best friend, a loving father, PawPaw and friend. As the end of his life approached, the reflections among his family and friends were consistent. Most stories about him were variations of, “A generous heart,” “Life of the party,” “He is a good man,” and “He was the real deal,”. Everyone you approach has kind and funny thoughts to tell you about their encounters and time spent with him. Ken would always make sure to mention to his kids, if something were to happen to him to throw a party and not a funeral. So please help us celebrate his life and throw him a “party”.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Cindy (Gustin) High, children Christine Graf & husband Kevin , son Travis High & wife Andrea , grandchildren Cristian Graf, Archer High, Ryan Graf, Gavin Graf, Logan Graf & soon to come Baby High. His parents Ken & Barbara High. His brother Kyle High & wife Celeste. His in-laws Les & Lois Currey and many aunts, uncles, nieces & nephews. He was also survived by his best friend known as his brother from another muther Tim Payne & wife Natalie & daughter Liv. Ken was preceded in death by his sister, Brenda Sanders, and brother in laws Chris and L.V. Currey.
Services will be held at 1:00 PM Thursday, February 22, 2018 at God of Wonders Fellowship in Amarillo with Pastor Randy Srader officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors. In lieu of flowers, Ken would have liked donations to go to the 24 Hours in the Canyon Cancer Survivorship Center.

12 Comments

  • Leslie Childers Posted February 20, 2018 8:49 pm

    If love from and for your family and friends could have kept you here, there is no doubt, we wouldn’t be saying, “Goodbye for now.” But one thing is for sure, “We will see you soon!”

  • Mike & Bonnie Pope Posted February 20, 2018 9:01 pm

    Prayers are with all of you. May God wrap you in his loving arms & give each one of you comfort.

  • Greg Pickens Posted February 20, 2018 9:21 pm

    Great words for a great man. Thank you for the memories I have of you. See you in Heaven brother.

  • The Guidry’s, Kenton, April, James, Julie and Jordyn Posted February 20, 2018 11:19 pm

    Praying for all of you during this difficult time. We love y’all and pray that God gives you peace and comfort during this time and later in the days to come that there is sadness.

  • Judi Glidewell Matthews Posted February 20, 2018 11:36 pm

    “When you are young, being older seems like a long way off, but as many of us know, time passes so quickly, we wonder where the years go. The older you get the more real the words of Psalm 103: verses 15 and 16 are. ‘Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone-‘ But as Christians, we have the hope of eternal life. John 3:16 says, ‘For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.’ Today as we say goodbye to Ken, we also celebrate the beginning of a different journey for him – a journey to eternal life. I envision eternal life to be like that described in Revelation 21:4 ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.
    You were well loved and respected to all those who knew you. Our Prayers are with the amazing family and friends left behind.

  • Tina Tolman Posted February 21, 2018 11:48 am

    Ken was one of a kind man. He always told you like it was. I am truly going to miss you Ken High.

  • Brenda Posted February 21, 2018 12:50 pm

    Our deepest condolences to has family and friends who will see him again. With all our love the Holmes family.

  • Lawanda Ward Sauls Posted February 21, 2018 1:06 pm

    My condolences to Kenneth and Barbara. I knew Kenny as a young teenager. Extremely hard to lose one child..hard to imagine losing two.

  • William Haas Posted February 21, 2018 4:46 pm

    I did not know of Ken, but I know of friends that known him.I know he must have been and will always be a GREAT person.and will continue that trait I heaven.

  • Wayne & Ellie Weaver Posted February 21, 2018 7:07 pm

    We moved from Amarillo many years ago having last seen Kenny when he was about three. However, we have known Ken Senior and Barbara for a lifetime. In reading the descriptions of Ken’s personality traits above, we clearly recognize them in his parents. They’re all good and unique. Kenny is now with the Lord.
    God Bless this family during a time of sadness and grief.
    As always, we love you.

  • Nita davis _dowdy Posted February 21, 2018 8:43 pm

    My deepest thoughts and prayers for Kenneth and his family

  • Laura Mays Posted February 21, 2018 11:02 pm

    Praying God will hold and comfort you during the difficult days ahead. May He fill your heart and mind with wonderful memories to bring you peace, love and smiles.
    Deepest sympathy,
    Lynn and Laura Mays

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