Ken Alford, 69, of Hermiston lost his struggle with COPD on Sunday, October 22, 2017.
Ken was born on December 5, 1947, in Goldendale, Wash., 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 13 months in Vietnam.
Ken married the love of his life, Reta Cox, in Maupin, Ore., 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 20 years. He totally remodeling 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 and 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 38 years, Reta of Hermiston; stepsons Stacey Hammer of Pendleton and Joseph Hammer of Echo; and two very special friends, Mark Born of Hermiston and Thomas Fisher, his Vietnam veteran friend from Cincinnati, Ohio.
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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