Walking On -- Marvin Loren Kimsey Sr.

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Marvin Loren Kimsey Sr.

Feb. 27, 1935 – March 4, 2018

Grand Ronde Tribal Elder Marvin Loren Kimsey Sr., 83, a resident of Grand Ronde walked on at his home on Sunday, March 4, 2018.

He was born on Feb. 27, 1935, in Hehe, Ore., the son of Loren Leo and Nora Warren Kimsey. He lived most of his life in Grand Ronde, spending summers in the Warm Springs area while growing up.

He enjoyed being a part of the Wild Horse roundups in central Oregon.

He married Eleanor Lynn Kimsey and they had five children: Karen, Virginia, Christie, Duke and Colleen.

He drove log truck for almost all of the logging outfits in the valley. He retired in 1995.

He later married Michaelle Diana Lee and she preceded him in death.

Marvin was instrumental in the Restoration of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. He was a giver of life, enjoying commercial fishing, race car driving and raising horses. He was instrumental in establishing the Food Bank in Grand Ronde, served as the chairman of the Spirit Mountain Stampede Rodeo and loved his many dogs.

He is survived by his children, Karen Kimsey, Virginia Kimsey-Roof, Christie Kimsey-Loomis, Duke Kimsey and Colleen Kimsey, along with 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Also surviving are two sisters, Margaret Provost and Myrna Brandon. He was preceded in death by his first grandchild, Levi Baker, in 1995.

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 11, in the Grand Ronde Tribal gym. Private interment will be in the Grand Ronde Tribal Cemetery.

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