ILWACO - Michael N. Kabush, a much loved father, husband, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many, passed away peacefully in Ilwaco on March 14, 2006, surrounded by family. He was 67. He was born Aug. 6, 1938, in Hollywood, Calif., to Nicholas A. Kabush, a Russian immigrant, and Lucille M. Kabush, a native of Cougar Gulch, Idaho.
He attended Spokane's North Central High School, graduating in 1956. Before entering the University of Washington, he and his high school sweetheart, Nancy Elizabeth Squires, were married. After graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in architecture in the early '60s, he got his professional start working for Boeing. During the formative years of his career, he worked for his father, also an architect, and several prominent Seattle architecture firms where he was involved in the restoration and renovation of the Yessler Building in Pioneer Square and the Pike Place Market. One of his proudest achievements during this time was the seven-year restoration project of the historical Old Main administrative building on the Western Washington University campus.
Mr. Kabush moved to the Peninsula in 1977. His first major design job was the Long Beach Fire Hall, a project that he always recalled fondly as he appreciated the dynamic interaction with the firemen during the design process and their exuberance and pride in their new building.
Other buildings he designed include Dennis Company, the Long Beach and Ocean Park branches of The Bank of Pacific, the Long Beach Police Station, the Pacific Transit Station, the Ocean Park and Seaview Fire Halls and the Chinook Lutheran Church, among many others. One of his proudest achievements was the Pacific County Jail building in South Bend, completed in the early '80s. He designed numerous private residences on the Peninsula, including his own homes in Long Beach, and one near Leadbetter State Park.
Towards the end of his career, and during his so-called "retirement" Mr. Kabush was a partner with architect Anthony Stoppiello. Together, they designed the South Bend City Hall, the South Bend Fire Hall, Raymond's Northwest Carriage Museum, the South Pacific County Head Start building and an addition to the South Bend Library. They also did fundraising and grant writing assistance for the Pacific County Historical Society.
Mr. Kabush was a member of the Oysterville Design Review Board, the Ilwaco Heritage Museum Building Commission and the Ilwaco Planning Commission. He dedicated many hours to serving and bettering his community. He loved architecture, but his greatest love was wooden boats, especially those of historical significance. At any given time, he had myriad boats under restoration with big plans for each. Often times these plans included grand maritime adventures with his kids, grandkids and friends.
His favorite pastimes were planting and tending his picture perfect vegetable garden; spending time with family, river fishing, crabbing, clamming and his animals.
His children will remember him as a loving and supportive father who was unwaveringly supportive of all their endeavors, great and small and as a father with a great sense of fun and humor, ready to go on an adventure or do something crazy at the drop of a hat. He had broad interests and an open intelligence, traits that he generously shared with his friends, family and his community.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy, a son, Nick Kabush of Olympia; daughters Tamara Kabush of Fall Creek, Ore., Anna Kemmerer of Eagle Point, Ore., Helena Rice of Olympia; his brother Mark Kabush of Yakima; two nephews, Alex and Paul Kabush of Seattle and two grandsons, Mikhael Kemmerer of Eagle Point, Ore., and Alex Michael Rice of Olympia.
A memorial service in his honor will be held Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m. at the Ilwaco Heritage Museum. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Ilwaco Heritage Museum.