Walking On - Kenneth E. Lafferty

08.14.2014 Michelle Alaimo Walking On

Kenneth Edward Lafferty
Nov. 20, 1938 - June 6, 2014
Tribal Elder Kenneth E. Lafferty, 75, of Grand Ronde, Ore., walked on on Friday, June 6, 2014.
Kenneth was born and raised in Grand Ronde to Elizabeth (Leno) and Paul Lafferty. He was one of eight children; five of his siblings preceded him in passing over. He has two living sisters, Margaret M. McAbee and Juanita Lee.
Kenneth married Darlene Joyce Sheker in 1958 and they were married 56 years. He later moved away with his little family.
Kenneth has four children: his eldest preceded him in passing over: Penny Zimmer, Kenny Lafferty, William Lafferty and Margie Lafferty-Fechtner, no less than 10 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Ken was a hard worker all his life. He started working at a saw mill in Grand Ronde, then he worked at a restaurant in Portland and then as a freight truck mechanic, freight truck driver, logging truck driver and also as a volunteer firefighter.
In 1999, he and Darlene moved back to Grand Ronde to live out the rest of their days. Kenneth worked at the Tribe as a security officer and later as a forest ranger. He retired in 2012 because of medical reasons, but that never stopped him from staying active with working on cars and trucks, spending more time with his two sons and daughter, and playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be missed by many and loved by all.