Obituary for Oct. 14, 2013

By Baker City Herald October 14, 2013 10:27 am

Keith Swafford


Keith Swafford, 80, died Oct. 4, 2013, at his home in Richland after a long, brave battle with cancer.

His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Richland Grange Hall in Richland. Friends are invited to join the family after the service for refreshments.

Keith was born to Norman and Lenore Swafford at Kalkaska County, Mich., where he spent his youngest years with his six siblings. The family moved to the Hood River Valley in 1944 and made their home on Dee Flat where Keith went to school. He later joined the Army where most of his time was spent in Germany. After being discharged he went to work for the U.S. Forest Service and later for Hood River Sand and Gravel from which he retired.

In 1959, Keith met and married the love of his life, Freeda Short. They had one daughter, Tamara Lynn.

Keith was always Mr. Fixit. If it didn’t work he couldn’t quit until he solved the problem. Hunting and fishing were the driving forces in Keith’s life and his dreams were realized in 1993, when he retired and moved to Richland on Brownlee Reservoir where he could hunt and fish to his heart’s content.

Survivors include his wife, Freeda; his daughter, Tammy; three grandchildren, Justin, Erica and April; two great-granddaughters; a brother, David; and a sister, Jo Shay.

Those who would like to make a donation in memory of Keith may do so to help defray service expenses through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.