Jan. 22, 1929 - Nov. 14, 2010
Kenneth R. Ferguson passed away Nov. 14, 2010, at Walla Walla General Hospital. Kenneth was born Jan. 22, 1929, in Sparks, Okla., to Clarence and Beulah Sissons Ferguson. He attended school at Eagle Elementary. The school was a one-room school, grades one to eight. Later, the family moved to California where Kenneth attended junior high. The family moved to Weston in 1943.
Kenneth was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1958. He was a corporal E-4. Kenneth finished his schooling in the service and was a military graduate. He served three years in the military and received an honorable discharge on Sept. 8, 1961.
After the service, Kenneth returned to Weston. He later moved to Pendleton, where he met his wife, Betty Ferguson. Betty had two boys who Kenneth raised. They later divorced. Kenneth worked for the Umatilla County Road Department. He retired at the age of 60. He then moved to Milton Freewater, where he lived up to the present time. Kenneth was a member of the Pendleton Elks No. 288 and the Pendleton Oregon Fraternal Order of Eagles. Kenneth loved the outdoors, camping out, hunting and fishing.
A graveside funeral service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Athena Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Spokane Shriner's Hospital for Children or St. Jude's Children's Hospital through the Herring Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla.
Kenneth is survived by three brothers, Earl Ferguson of Phoenix, Ariz., Lee Ferguson of Pendleton and Nolan Ferguson of Salem, Ore. Also surviving is Kenneth's beloved niece, Glenda Ferguson Rode of Walla Walla; numerous other nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Kenneth was preceded by his parents, Clarence and Beulah Ferguson; three brothers, Glenn Ferguson, Don Ferguson and Bill Ferguson.
A special thanks to his wonderful friend and neighbor, Opal Gentry, his caregivers, Dan, Salley, Katie and Becky who took wonderful care of him and we could not have done it without them. Also a special thanks to his cousin Wallay and Millie Ferguson. Kenneth was a wonderful man. He was loved by everyone who knew him. He will be missed very much.