Lance Christopher Kerwin

July 21, 1965October 24, 2017
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Lance Christopher Kerwin was born on July 21, 1965 and passed away on October 24, 2017 from an acute infection of the abdomen caused by liver disease.

Lance grew up in Arbor Heights in West Seattle, attended Arbor Heights Elementary, Denny Jr High and Rainier Beach HS. As a boy he was active at Arbor Heights Swim Club, he played baseball, soccer, wrestled and played guitar. He was a paperboy and his first job was at Shakey’s Pizza in West Seattle.

In later years Lance enjoyed bowling, darts, karaoke, going to the casino, playing cards, liked to cook and going out to eat. He liked music, loved to dance, like going to plays and concerts. He also liked to watch the Seahawks and Huskies , reruns of Law & Order , NCIS and Charmed. Lance loved his cat Sambo.

Lance spent 35 years in the food and beverage service industry at various places in West Seattle, bartending, cooking and managing, most recently at Chelan Café. He enjoyed working and had a strong work ethic.

He had a sarcastic sense of humor and liked to give people a hard time, but those that knew him, knew he cared. Lance was very generous and loyal and loved his family and friends. Lance, we will all miss you very much.

Lance is survived by his parents, Ken and Dale Kerwin; siblings, Kendal (John) Hines, Todd (Juanita) Kerwin, Brett Kerwin and Maria Kerwin; 8 nieces and nephews, Tony, Kayla, Jeffrey, Jack, Joey, Olivia, Adam and Rosie; great nephew and niece, Lincoln and Marley; his best friend, Jan; the Blayney family; and many other family members and friends. Lance was preceded in death by his partner, Tony Hood.

A Memorial Service for Lance will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 1:00pm at Greenwood Memorial Park Funeral Home, 350 Monroe Ave NE in Renton. A Celebration of Lance's Life will continue at 3:00pm at Chelan Café, 3527 Chelan Ave SW in West Seattle.

In lieu of flowers, Lance's family requests donations be made to The National Liver Foundation.


  • Celebration of Lance's Life Saturday, November 4, 2017

Lance Christopher Kerwin

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Sharon Dean

November 9, 2017

Dear little brother Lance,
You were always so much fun, & you endeared yourself to the family the first time you visited us with Tony !! Loving you was easy, missing you is NOT ! I know that you're with Tony, &'s selfish of me, but I can't let you go!!! I love you so much, Lance ! I'll pray for your birth family, that they can get the peace that eludes me ! And I'll send them my deepest sympathy at losing such a handsome, talented, fun-loving, funny, sweet, loving, lovable manLance ! Fare well, my dear Lance, but NEVER goodbye !

Gayl O'Neil

November 4, 2017

I fondly remember dancing with you. Your joy was so evident. Dance on my friend.

Theresa Martin

November 3, 2017

Lance - you will be greatly missed. RIP by dear and loved friend.

Mary Holdsworth

October 31, 2017

I hope you're dancing with Tony and Katie in Heaven!!

Mary Holdsworth

October 31, 2017

You were a good friend to many Lance... May you find peace now, dancing with Tony and Katie in Heaven...

Kamron OBrien

October 31, 2017

Love and miss you Lance. Hope you are at peace with Tony and all of our great memories and laughter. You will be missed my friend.

Ingrid Nokes

October 31, 2017

Hope you find some peace and happiness finally, there are a few people waiting to see you in Heaven. I'm sure fun will be had by all! Love and God's speed!

Laura Trowbridge

October 31, 2017

Lance, thoughts are immense, words escape me, you are missed my friend. I will ring a bell in heaven for you when I get there.