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>Obituaries for week of 11-14
Madras resident Kenneth A. Harris died at home Nov. 6, 2001, after a brief battle with Parkinson's Disease and melanoma cancer. He was 84.
Mr. Harris was born Dec. 4, 1916 in Stockton, Mo., to parents Lem T. and Mollie Catherine (Allen) Harris. At the age of 5 the family moved to a farm in Houston, Idaho, where he grew up. He graduated from Caldwell High School in Caldwell, Idaho, in 1935 and was a business student at the College of Idaho.
On Sept. 1, 1940, he married Marie E. Obendorf of Wilder, Idaho. He had begun a career in banking, but following the outbreak of World War II, changed his career to farming in 1942-43. He purchased a farm on Agency Plains in Madras in anticipation of the coming irrigation project and traveled between Idaho and Madras for two years while getting his farm leveled and ready for irrigation water. The family lived in an old homestead house until 1947 when he build an "Agency Plains Special" (farm machine shed converted into a house). In the spring of 1948, he accepted the first delivery of irrigation water north of Madras on Agency Plains. He was recognized as a successful and progressive farmer, and in 1955 also purchased and began running a farm near Othello, Wash.
During his 53 years in Jefferson County, Harris served on many boards including the Jefferson County School District Board, North Unit Irrigation District Board, and Deschutes Valley Water District Board. He was proud of his service in the Jefferson County Budget Board and Jefferson County Equalization Board. he was president of the Oregon Seed Growers League and honored as Grassman of the Year in 1955, and Conservation man of the Year in 1978.
In the community, he attended the United Methodist Church and was a member of the Madras Lions, and 64-year member of the Madras Elks Lodge. He held Elk's card number 43.
His special interests included family, farming and golf. The highlight of his years of golfing included his Nine Peaks men's club championship and the new 1978 Monte Carlo Chevrolet he won for a hole-in-one at the Fred Hudspeth Prineville Invitational.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Marie Harris; three children, Gary and wife Camille Harris of Madras, Gordon Harris of Portland, and Kay and husband Mike Golacinski of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; and grandchildren, Stephanie and Erika Harris of Madras, Atlanta, Kenny and Gordon Harris of Portland and Katie Golacinski of Manhattan Beach, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents and older brother, Virgil A. Harris of Houston, Idaho.
A viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, at Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home in Madras. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 16, at Mt. Jefferson Memorial Park, followed by a memorial service at the Madras United Methodist Church at 11 a.m., officiated by Pastor Tom Telfer.
Memorials have been suggested by the family to the Madras United Methodist Church and Mountain View Hospice.
Metolius resident Veronica J. Kuykendall died Nov. 4, 2001, at her home at the age of 42.
Mrs. Kuykendall as born Aug. 31, 1959 n Half Moon Bay, Calif., to parents Guadalupe and Agnes (Howell) Aguillera. She grew up in the San Pablo/Richmond area. She completed her high school education at Contra Costa Junior College, and also took cooking and business courses there.
She owned a small house cleaning business and also worked as a teacher's aide at a children's school. Her special interests included baking and decorating cakes.
Survivors include her husband, Bob Kuykendall of San Pablo, Calif.; sons, Alan Kuykendall of Mountain View, Calif., Chris Kuykendall of San Pablo, Calif.; daughter, Donna Kuykendall of Mountain View, Calif.; sister, Yvonne Lowray of Virginia; brother, Bill Ingham of Yuma, Ariz.; mother, Agnes Howell of Virginia; and three grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be held and her ashes will be scattered at her favorite fishing spot in Suisun Bay. Central Oregon Funeral Alternatives is in charge of the arrangements.