Christopher Keuss, former Port of Edmonds executive director

Christopher Keuss

Christopher Keuss passed away peacefully February 24, 2018 at his Edmonds home surrounded by family. Chris was born on September 3, 1947 in Seattle.

He graduated Roosevelt High School in Seattle and then attended Willamette University earning a BA degree. He earned his Master’s degree in Public Administration from PLU. He was a Navy Veteran and had a long fulfilling career path in management and administration positions resulting in becoming the Executive Director of the Port of the Edmonds where he retired in 2009.

Predeceased by his two parents, he is survived by wife Judy of 42 years, two stepchildren, five grandchildren, two brothers, one sister and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Chris enjoyed family gatherings, sports, giving back to the community and church.

His memorial service will be held Saturday, March 3 at New Life/Lynnwood Free Methodist Church 6519 188th St. S.W. Lynnwood, at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to New Life Church in Lynnwood or Swedish Cancer Institute at Edmonds.

9 Replies to “Christopher Keuss, former Port of Edmonds executive director”

  1. A wonderful man– always polite and respectful to extreme, very thoughtful, and a wonderful leader. We are all saddened by this loss to our community.


  2. Really sad to hear of Chris’ passing. I would echo the sentiments of Ron and Phil. He was very welcoming of me when I came to the Senior Center in 2001. What people may not know is that Chris played a key role that led to our Edmonds Waterfront Center (EWC) project. In 1997 there was considerable uncertainty about the future of the Senior Center building. Mayor Barb Fahey formed a Task Force to consider the situation and hired Chris to facilitate the process. Over a year they considered three alternatives – (1) refurbish the existing building, (2) keep the existing two story structure and build a new two story wing attached to it, and (3) demolish the entire existing structure and build a whole new Center. They chose the third alternative and twenty years later we are on the verge of making it happen. Their report put together by Chris was our Bible in the early days of the EWC project. The community will miss Chris and I will miss him.


  3. Our community and many, many people in it have just experienced a real loss. Chris and I worked together on numerous Chamber of Commerce projects and activities, and he was a key member every time. Conscientious, painstakingly thorough, and the hardest worker, while also being the most positive, the best listener and the one who made us better. Soft spoken, even-keeled and always a true gentleman. I’m thankful for having known him and will miss him enormously.


  4. I am so sorry to hear of Chris’ passing. Judy, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
    Hugs, Mollie Boyce


  5. When it came to fulfilling a commitment to serve the community with integrity and energy, Chris Keuss was a star performer. His tireless efforts on behalf of the Port of Edmonds will long be remembered. He always made himself available to provide assistance to folks in need. Chris will be missed, but always remembered.


  6. It has been 11 years ago, when I was nearly killed in my business and spent weeks in Harborview.
    Christopher Keuss was one of the initiators to raise money for my recovery. I will be always grateful to him.


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