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Ken Messer Remembered

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Family and friends are remembering one of Yakima's biggest cheerleaders, and a longtime broadcast colleague. 

Ken Messer passed away early this morning after a year long battle with lung cancer.

Messer worked at KIMA-TV for more than 30 years and was the general manager at Yakima's PBS station since 2008.

Ken was involved in many community organizations including the United Way, Yakima's Southwest Rotary Club, and countless others. 

"Ken was positive. He was always positive about what was going on in this community. He was a gigantic cheerleader," said Craig Mendenhall, a friend for more than 30 years.

"He had a great smile, a great sense of humor. And he was just very enjoyable to be around," said longtime friend and Rotary member, Dave Rankin.

"He just has done so many things for our community that he's just going to be terribly missed," said Rep. Norm Johnson.

Ken leaves behind his wife Kathy, their six children, and 18 grandchildren.
He was 70 years old.