Kenneth Elward Passes Away at 81


Kenneth R. “Ken” Elward of Irrigon died on June 3, 2022 in Irrigon at the age of 81.

He was born on July 19, 1940 in Shasta Lake, Calif.

Ken worked on many construction projects as an iron worker for Local 14 and later settled in Irrigon.

He enjoyed working on classic cars and going camping and fishing with his family. Ken loved John Wayne films and adored his many grandchildren.

He is survived by his children, Sara Nolan, Keith Elward, Shayla Elward, Tazie Elward and Kathie Perine; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Ken was preceded in death by his father, Martin “Leo” Elward; mother, Rebbecca Katherine Gohl; brothers, Donald Elward and Eddie Elward; sisters, Merriam “Betty” Butterfield and Shirley Hoyt; and a son, Kevin Elward.

At his request, there will be no service.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.


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