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Home arrow News arrow News of Record arrow Obituaries for Jan. 14, 2011


Obituaries for Jan. 14, 2011

Merle Kenworthy
Merle Kenworthy, 81, a longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 12, 2011.
He had many dear friends and relatives in the area.
His graveside service with military honors will be Saturday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. at North Powder Cemetery.

Merle was born on March 17, 1929, in Dayton, Wash. He spent his formative years in North Powder where he attended high school.  At age 17, Merle joined the Navy, serving in Guam. After his Naval stint, Merle transferred to the Army serving as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, then joined the 10th Special Forces were he rose to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Grade 3. Merle’s Army career included service in Vietnam where he was wounded. He was awarded the Purple Heart in Bad Tolz, Germany, where he met and married Margo Eberl in 1957.

After retirement from the Army, Merle and his family moved to Baker City where he became an auto-parts man serving sales at Napa Auto Parts, Clark’s Auto Electric, and several other local businesses.  He will be greatly missed. 

Merle is survived by his wife, Margo Eberl Kenworthy; two sons: William E. Kenworthy and Richard and his wife, Emily Kenworthy; five grandchildren: Lori Anderson, Jennifer Kenworthy, Michelle Kenworthy, William J M Kenworthy and Christian Basto, with a sixth grandchild soon expected. Merle also had four great-grandchildren: Marie and Ashton Anderson, Seth Williams, and William Jack Kenworthy, who was born just one day before Merle’s passing.

Merle was preceded in death by his parents, Arzy Kenworthy of Island City, and Ethel Williams Bredding of Walla Walla, Wash.; and siblings: Ruth Able of Starkey, and  Lois Phillips, Vera Hall, Edna Pearson and Leonard Kenworthy of Baker City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.


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