Kris Lindsay Vanucie, a lifelong Harborite, passed away on June 6, 2019. He was born in Aberdeen to Joan (Norris) Schneider and Don Vanucie on April 2, 1953.
Kris grew up in Central Park and was a 1971 Weatherwax High School graduate, being one of four generations to pass through those halls. In 1981, he married Jo Sandoval and together they raised two beautiful daughters, Bethani Joan and Nicole Pauline.
Although Kris grew up in Central Park, he spent his summers with his dad and siblings on Silver Lake in Everett. It was there that he enjoyed idyllic summers of swimming, slalom skiing and running the ski boat from morning until night.
In fifth grade, he discovered his lifelong passion of playing the drums. Throughout his life he was in numerous bands with his first one being The Mustangs starting in grade school. While growing up, there was always a band practicing in the basement of his home. Before turning 21, he traveled with Butch Paulson and The Young Country. He later joined local bands, The Show Biz Kids and Van-Shur-Man.
Kris was a talented craftsman who built a dome house out at North River for his family, while in his 20s, without a kit. He was very proud and meticulous about his work. His hobbies were fishing and being creative in any way possible. His latest endeavor was working with copper wire.
The love he had for his daughters was immeasurable. He taught them how to swing a bat, a drum stick and a hammer. In their house, he was the king of the sock fight and the best at making paper airplanes. Football season will not be the same without his phone calls. When it came to dads, to his girls, he was the coolest.
As a child he was encouraged to be a free spirit and to always follow his heart. Kris was quiet, kind, unassuming, humble, down to earth, very intelligent, sensitive and had a sweet smile. He loved to tell stories and would give someone the shirt off his back. He will be missed and loved forever.
Kris is survived by his beloved girls, Bethani and Nicole; siblings Konnie Vanucie-Shelton (Ron), Debbie Griffin (Dwight) and Danny Vanucie (Kathy); five nieces and nephews and ex-wife Jo Vanucie. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 27, at the Hoquiam Elks, 624 K Street from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.