Former Baker County resident,1945-2018
Kenneth “Kenny” Langley, 73, of Union, a former Baker County resident, died Nov. 1, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family.
A celebration of his life will be scheduled later.
Kenneth Eugene was born on June 30, 1945, at Ontario to parents Harry and Mildred Langley. Kenny was raised on a ranch at Lime, about 7 miles north of Huntington. He attended elementary school at Huntington and high school at Cambridge, Idaho, where he graduated in 1963.
Kenny worked for Union Pacific Railroad for about 20 years and for the Idaho Northern and Pacific for an additional 17 years. He thoroughly enjoyed working for the Railroad doing rail work and he especially loved to start the engines up.
Kenny liked to fish, hunt and bowl. In fact, he was even a member of the bowling league in Gresham for a time. Kenny enjoyed fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Nearly 20 years ago Kenny bought some property at Union. He was able to put in a new home on that same property in 2014.
Memorable times in Kenny’s life included when his nephew, Ethan, was born. At the time, Kenny was 55 and he told his niece, Billisue, for several months that Ethan would be born on his birthday and it turned out he was right, as Ethan was indeed born on his birthday June 30, 2000.
The following year was also special as he became a godfather to Debbra Ann Langley, who was born July 24, 2001. Another significant time was when Kenny was baptized in 2010.
Kenny was always willing to help someone in need. Even when he lended money, he never asked for it back. He was a very loving and caring man.
Kenny was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Mildred Langley; brothers, Donald, and Baby Langley; sisters, Margie Ann, Carolee and Ruthy.
Survivors include his brothers, Earl and Ivan; numerous nieces and nephews; and special boss and good friend, Neil Cox.
The family suggests contributions in Kenny’s name to the Blue Mountain Humane Society through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR, 97834. Online condolences may be made at www.tamispine
North Powder, 1932-2018
Phyllis Nadene (Pearson) Fettig, 86, of North Powder, died Nov. 2, 2018, at her home.
There will be a graveside service at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, at the North Powder Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will follow at the North Powder Grange.
As the youngest daughter of Olive and Frank Pearson, born and raised in North Powder and with 13 siblings, Phyllis was eager to experience life outside her rural upbringing and joined the Army soon after high school.
Shortly thereafter, she met and married William Fettig and along came her two girls, Gayle and Cindy. They spent 28 years in the service, moving overseas and around the U.S. many times. Retirement in 1967 brought them to Portland and “Bomber Bill” to the Oregon State Police. Full retirement came in 1978 when they joined their beloved friends, Pat and Hank Hay, at Nyssa, on the Snake River, building a gorgeous home by themselves.
Phyllis’ desire to return to North Powder was never-ending, a final move brought her back to Powder in 1986. Here she and Bill remained and thrived. Bill passed away in 1994, but she couldn’t leave.
Gayle passed away in 2007 and she considered a move to Portland, but “Powder” was home. Stubbornness, (a trait not lost on the Pearson women), gave her great comfort to live out her life on her own terms.
As the last member of such an extended family, she endured the pain and suffering of losing so many before her.
“Her journey is now complete and she is reunited with those she loved so much and who have waited so patiently for her to join them,” family members said.
She gave her love, laughter and tears to her family and she will be dearly missed, they said.
She was preceded in death by her parents and 13 brothers and sisters, Elmer, Ruby, Bus, Susie, Dorothy, Peggy, Grace, Calvin, Lois, Barbara, Alta, Pete and Mick. She lost her beloved husband, William Fettig, in 1994 and oldest daughter, Gayle Lynn Fettig, in 2007.
Survivors include her youngest daughter, Cindy, and her husband, Brian Carr; grandchildren, Carrie Jo Galbraith, and William and Makenzie Carr; great-grandchildren, Breonna, Maxwell and Zachary Galbraith, and Jaxson and Addison Carr; great-great grandson, Jaxson Galbraith; and many loving nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the North Powder Grange in gratitude of their years of service to this special family would be appreciated. Donations may be made through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
To light a candle in memory of Phyllis, or to leave a condolence for the family, go to www.grayswestco.com