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Kenneth Sheridan



Kenneth D. Sheridan, 85, died at the Oregon Veterans' Home in The Dalles, Jan. 4, 2011.

He was born in Elkmont, N.D. on Jan. 22, 1925.

When he was 12 years old, Ken moved with his family from North Dakota to Medford, Ore., where he worked at both a dairy and an orchard. He later moved to Portland and was employed by Coopridge, a barrel factory. In 1942 at the age of 18, Ken entered the Marine Corps., and served with the sixth Marines, 22nd Regiment during World War II.  While in the military he traveled to Guam and Okinawa and earned a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. He was on a ship heading for home on his 21st birthday. After his honorable discharge from the military, Ken returned to work at Coopridge in Portland. He met Frieda Ladiges and the two married in Stevenson, Dec. 3, 1946. Ken and Frieda lived in Portland for the first two years of their marriage and he worked on the Bull Run project. In 1948 they moved to Glenwood and rented a house.

He began working as a logger for J. Neils and continued with that company when it became St. Regis and then Champion. Also a farmer, Ken would wake up at 3 a.m., go to work logging, come home and take a quick nap then head to the hay fields to bale hay. Ken was an extremely hard worker who not only cared for his own family, but made sure chores were done and hay was in for others who were suffering any kind of misfortune. He thought education was important and was proud that all his daughters and grandchildren went to college. Mr. Sheridan was active in his community, serving as a 4-H leader for seventeen years, as an officer of Hell Roaring Irrigation for twenty-eight years, member of the Ketchem Calf Rodeo Association for sixty years including serving as president, and was a member of the Cattlemen's Association.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-four years, Frieda Sheridan of Glenwood; daughters Joann Hutton of Ellensburg, Barbara Warren and Dannet Wheelhouse of Glenwood; sister Jean Cowling of Milwaukie, Ore .; sister-in-law Margaret Sheridan of Ocean Park; grandchildren Tonia Warren of Spokane, Kenneth Warren of Glenwood, Chelsy Simerson of Ely, Nev. and Mitch Wheelhouse of Banks, Ore .; and great grandchildren Cody Warren, Crysta Warren and Conner Simerson.

He was preceded in death by grandson William Hutton and brother Alexander "Bud" Sheridan, III. A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 15 at the Glenwood School with a reception to follow. Memorial contributions in Ken's honor may go to the Glenwood Rodeo Association or the Glenwood Homemakers Scholarship Fund.

Gardner Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


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