Chinook, Washington

July 30, 1932 — Feb. 22, 2019

Kenneth R. “Ken” Greenfield Sr., 86, passed peacefully with his family at his side in Portland on Feb. 22, 2019. Born in Lynwood, California, on July 30, 1932, he was the only son, and youngest of four children, born to Richard and Lucile (Rearick) Greenfield.

His father was a metallurgist and steel melter, employed at several West Coast factories, and when Ken was 13 the family moved to Salmon Creek, Washington, just north of Vancouver. There the family bought Paus Pickle Co., and Ken began his lifelong love of fishing in Salmon Creek and the Lewis River.

Ken attended Vancouver High School with the Class of 1950. Ken joined the Navy in November 1950, and was honorably discharged four years later. He served during the Korean conflict aboard the USS Hollister (DD-788), and had many memories of his wartime experiences.

Returning to Vancouver, Ken attended Clark College. He was employed as foreman at a state fish hatchery from 1957 until 1965, when he moved to Chinook, Washington and began his career as a commercial fisherman, locally and in Alaska. Ken loved building boats: Miss Cindy, Julie Lynn, IC Straight, Ptarmigan and Jami Lynn.

He was a member of Alaska Independent Fishermen’s Association, Columbia River Fisherman’s Protective Union, Salmon For All, National Rifle Association and the Columbia River Crab Fishery Association. In addition, he had great interest in the Friends of Chinook School, was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, served as Port of Chinook commissioner for 20 years, and was a member of Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church, where he served as elder and rose garden assistant.

Ken was an avid hunter and fisherman, especially with his sons, Robbie and Dick, and their hunting excursions to Montana and Pullman, Washington, are cherished memories. When fishing in Bristol Bay, Alaska, he enjoyed “mug ups” coffee for many years, and morning coffee with “the guys” at the Port of Chinook office. He also enjoyed watching sports, and was a loving and dedicated family man.

Ken is survived by his wife of 63 years, Inez, of the family home in Chinook; children, Anna (Bill) Lyles, Dick (Ofelia) Greenfield, Julie (Mick) George, Cindy (Don) Olson and Robert (Donna) Greenfield; grandchildren, Nicholas Kirkwood, Ashley Ball and Megan Lyles, Jami Greenfield, Daniel Greenfield and Lucy Greenfield, Jacob and Hailey George, Sean Stuckart and Lacey Andrist, Brittany Owings, Brenden Greenfield and Hudson Greenfield; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sisters, Martha Fox, Lucile Greenfield and Mary Ellen Barnett.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 9, at 1 p.m. at Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church in Seaview, Washington, with a reception following.

Memorials may be made to either Friends of Chinook School or Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church, in care of Penttila’s Chapel, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA., 98631.

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