Gerald Albert "Chief" Lafferty, 75, of Siletz, formerly of Astoria, died Saturday, July 8, 2006, in Siletz.

He was born to Paul Lafferty and Elizabeth Leno Feb. 9, 1931, in Grand Ronde. He was a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

Mr. Lafferty was a logger, mill worker and worked with many lily bulb growers. He lived in Crescent City, Calif., Newport, Toledo and Astoria, finally settling in Siletz to be close to his family.

Family members said he loved the mountains, telling stories about logging, hunting, fishing and helping people.

He is survived by his wife, Vera E. Lafferty; a daughter and son-in-law, Violet and Todd Moore; three grandchildren, Richard Lafferty and Heather and Robert Moore; a brother, Kenneth Lafferty of Grand Ronde; three sisters, Margaret McAbee and Norma and Juanita Lee of Grand Ronde; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Lafferty was predeceased by his twin sister; two sisters, Genevieve Ray and Dorothy Lane; and a half-brother, James Chantelle.

A memorial was held earlier at the Confederated Tribes Cemetery in Grand Ronde.

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