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Vincent Morganthaler

January 21, 1964 ~ May 29, 2019 (age 55)

He worked the blade rhythmically against the whetstone.  Smooth even strokes guided by his hand encouraged the edge to sharpen, the final form of the blade to appear.  Vincent Stephen Morganthaler enjoyed the work of creation.  Born on January 21, 1964 to the Coastal Salish people and the Muckleshoot Tribe, he had always known the power and value of the body he had been given and the beautiful world he inhabited.  Adopted and cherished by Betty and James Morganthaler, he blossomed with their love and was taught that he had a beautiful creative mind.  With his hands he fashioned a custom knife set for his mother to aid in her culinary pursuits.  With his creative mind he engineered his own half pipe and his hands built it.  With his cries of joy filling the air he let everyone know when he hit the vert and claimed the half pipe as a backyard victory.  With his hands he held on tight to the tow rope each time his skis touched water.  It was his keen eye that captured a moment and made for a perfect photograph when he had held a camera; and his hands that could not resist tapping along with every Alice in Chains song he heard.  Vincent knew the bite of tree bark when it dug into his hands, the down of a puppy’s hair, the silk of water as is quickly flowed past, the grind of a skateboard’s trucks on a forbidden rail, and he knew the feel of a loving hand in his.  Vincent was a beautiful, creative, continual work in progress.  On May 29, 2019, his work was done.  Those who remain to listen to the music he loved, use the knives he made to prepare family dinners, and tell the stories of what he has done are his parents Betty and James Morganthaler, siblings Susan (Ed) Schatz, and Jim Morganthaler; his nieces and nephews David Morganthaler, Christina Siegel, Sandra Morganthaler, Brittany Henderson, Andrew Schatz, Nick Morganthaler, Jessica Morganthaler, and Phanessa Morganthaler; numerous cousins, friends, and members of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe.  He goes to embrace his brothers, Mike and Gary Morganthaler, who went ahead to scout the heavens.  A funeral service will be held for Vincent at 11am on Friday June 7th, 2019 at Weeks’ Funeral Home in Buckley, Washington.  He will be interred at New White Lake Cemetery in Auburn, Washington.

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