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Kenneth Wayne Gregory

June 14, 1939 - December 19, 2020

There will be a private burial for the immediate family.

A celebration of life will be held in June. Family will announce the exact place and date in March or April, when a date can be confirmed. Sweet Home Funeral

Celebration of Life will be 1:00 pm Saturday August 21st at Sieg’s Valley View Ranch, 24960 Crescent Hill Road, Sweet Home, Oregon 97386.

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Ken’s story begins on June 14, 1939 near the orange groves of Redlands California. Shortly after he was born, his father Carl and wife Gladys moved their family of nine children to a modest farm in Holley Oregon.

As the youngest of nine children, Ken lived the country life, raising pigs, chickens, and cattle with seasonal gardens and orchard harvests to maintain the large family. His father died when he was ten and this is when his life of accepting responsibility of, and caring for others began.

Ken married the love of his life Barbara Ann Wood at 18 and by age 22, they had three children; Mark, Lorie and Lisa. He relocated in 1959 to Taft, Oregon (Lincoln City) where his brother in law, Wayne Bryant, taught him how to fall timber. Wayne (married to Sister, Roberta) served as a surrogate father to Ken and both heand Roberta provided examples and guidance of how to be a stable, loving, spiritual family.

After 8 years on the coast, Ken moved his family to Sweet Home. He bought his mother’s house and moved Gladys next door to care for her.

In 1970, his brother-in-law Rob Wood, age 15, moved in permanently with the family, as he needed a solid home to live in. Faith in God was Ken’s cornerstone, and Rob grew into a great young man and then a minister. This was another example of Ken’s selflessness and care for others.

Through the years, Barbara stayed home with the 4 kids and Ken was the breadwinner. He fell timber for local timber companies including a couple of his own. While raising the kids, Barbara also began working in Real Estate. She did so well she started her own company, Holley Real Estate.

At age 48 Ken was injured and needed to get out of the logging business. It was only natural that with his gift of gab, and Barbs head for business that he join her in the Real Estate Business. Therefore, Ken studied hard and got his real estate license. They worked together for many years until 1996.

In 1996 Barb had a stroke and they both retired. Ken then became a full time care-giver to his soul mate. They bought a motorhome and traveled and spent winters in Yuma, Arizona. They enjoyed 19 years of this until Barb died and went to Heaven in 2015.

Ken had Parkinson’s, but still was able to stay in his home and enjoy his family and friends for several more years. He finally was released from his suffering last month. December 19, 2020, to join his sweetheart in heaven.

The world is a different place without Ken in it. He lived life to the fullest and gave all of himself to his family and friends. He loved hunting, fishing, woodworking and keeping up his small farm. He made everyone around him feel special and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his sister Roberta, brother Paul. Son Mark, Daughters Laurel Turner, Lisa Legg and her husband Jack. Grandchildren Keegan and Abram Legg. Brother-in-law Rob Wood and his wife Carol. There will be a private burial for the immediate family.

A celebration of life will be held in June. Family will announce the exact place and date in March or April, when a date can be confirmed. Sweet Home Funeral

Celebration of Life will be 1:00 pm Saturday August 21st at Sieg’s Valley View Ranch, 24960 Crescent Hill Road, Sweet Home, Oregon 97386.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.