On Election Day, Nov. 6, 2018, God elected for Kevin to come home just two days after he last attended The Life Center church service on Sunday. What a scene of joy that must have been in heaven for Kevin to see his birthmother Kitty and grandfather John, with whom he had lived for years in Kamiah and loved so much. Kevin had been suffering from emphysema which may have overtaxed his heart, possibly causing his sudden death.
Kevin was born on June 14, 1964 in Osage, Iowa to Harty and the late Kitty Schmaehl, with his aunt Brigitte Philipp as the delivery nurse. Within two weeks he became an “Army brat” as Harty entered the Army, and moved around the world in his father’s military assignments for 18 years. Beginning in Ft. Hood, Texas, Pirmasens, Germany, El Paso, Texas while Harty was in Vietnam, Ft. Monmouth, N.J., Seoul, Korea and finally Westminster, Calif. where he graduated from high school.
He entered the Air Force and served five years on active duty, where he married his first wife Amy. He served longest in Hawaii and England.
Upon coming home, Kevin worked at the Seal Beach Inn & Gardens. In 30 years of that Inn’s operation, he was the best salesman the Inn ever had. During his working years Kevin put his hand to a variety of trades. His favorite job was developing and marketing software systems for the U.S. government. Kevin worked at Home Depot as a Department Manager where he especially enjoyed giving weekend classes of how to do repairs. He had much time in food service, working as assistant manager of a franchise restaurant, finally coming home to Kamiah’s Hearthstone Restaurant Bakery, where he cooked, waitstaffed and helped wherever needed. He was very creative in cooking but waitstaffing was his favorite work. He also enjoyed the company of Christian men and veterans. Kindness and patience were among Kevin’s greatest assets.
After divorcing Amy, he married Margie Gorrell, which ended in divorce. Kevin had no children from his marriages, but was very fond of his stepson Josh, his wife Margie’s son.
Kevin is survived by his parents, Harty and Marjorie Schmaehl (Kevin’s stepmother for three decades) of Kamiah; two sisters, Tara Walburn, an organic hobby farmer in Clarkston, and Robin Schmaehl, an attorney in Spokane, Wash.; niece Sable Walburn, an aspiring animal cop; nephew David Taylor, who works in sales for Ditch Witch in California; stepbrothers Christian and Baron; and stepsister Robyn.
A memorial service will be held at the Bakery Great Room on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 3:30 p.m.