Kenneth L AlfordDecember 5, 1947 ~ October 22, 2017 (age 69)
Ken Alford, 69 of Hermiston lost his struggle with COPD on Sunday October 22, 2017.
Ken was born on December 5, 1947 in Goldendale, WA the son of Thomas and Velda Alford. He grew up and attended school in The Dalles. He joined the Marine Corps in 1966 and proudly served for four years including thirteen months in Vietnam.
Ken married the love of his life, Reta Cox in Maupin, OR in 1979. He helped raise his two stepsons, Stacey and Joseph, who he loved dearly and enjoyed teaching to fish and camp in the mountains.
Ken worked many jobs, but he is best known for Alford’s Home Building & Remodeling a construction business he owned and operated in Hermiston for twenty years. He totally remodeled their house one room at a time and made it their home.
Ken enjoyed many hobbies such as: woodworking, fabricating, mechanic work, golfing, four wheeling, fishing (especially steelhead and salmon fishing on the Deschutes near Tygh Valley) and hunting for elk was his passion.
He was preceded in death by his parents and loving natural grandparents.
He is survived by his wife of thirty eight years, Reta of Hermiston; stepsons, Stacey Hammer of Pendleton and Joseph Hammer of Echo; two very special friends, Mark Born of Hermiston and Thomas Fisher his Vietnam veteran friend from Cincinnati, OH.
No Services are being planned. Family suggest memorial donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105 or Shriner’s Hospitals for Children 2900 Rocky Point Drive Tampa, FL 33607.
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