Kenneth Van Pelt

Born: Sat., Nov. 5, 1932
Died: Fri., Jun. 11, 2010

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PENDLETON, Oregon – Kenneth Van Pelt 77, an enrolled member of Umatilla Tribes died June 11, 2010 at the Vibra Specialty Hospital in Portland Oregon after battling a stroke. Kenny's' last wishes were to follow his childhood views from the Tutuilla Presbyterian Church burial services. Funeral Services will be held at Burns Mortuary at 10:00AM Tuesday June 15, 2010 then laid to rest at the Mission Agency Cemetery. In commemoration to his work a lunch dinner will be served after burial at the Nichtyoway Senior Center on Umatilla Loop. You may send condolences to the family or sign the online guestbook at www.burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Kenny was born in Pendleton, Oregon on November 5th, 1932 to Nora Charley and Levi Van Pelt. Kenny grew up living near Tutuilla Presbyterian Church with his family then later moved to Mission across the river and he was educated in Pendleton. During his younger years, he enjoyed participating in war dances, celebrations, fishing, and hunting all over the Blue Mountains and Boardman for rabbits and geese. He also worked various farm jobs throughout the area. He then moved to Portland and made a living by picking berries and working in orchards. He really enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, and he loved fishing with them in the lower Columbia, Sandy, and Willamette Rivers. Upon returning to Pendleton, he went to work for the Yellowhawk Clinic Seniors Program for the last 17 years until this tragic event. Kenny enjoyed taking pride in his home, fixing cars, lending a hand to those in need; including delivering senior dinners each week, and laughing with family and friends. Kenny is survived by his nephews; Patrick Luke of Goldendale, WA, Myron George Jim of Mission, OR, Marcus Luke II of Pendleton, OR, Delvin Jim of Mission, OR, Phillip Greyfox of Mission, OR, nieces; Tracey Jim Allen of Mission, OR, Julianna Luke of Thornhollow, OR, Nora Jim of Pendleton, OR, and Michelle Greyfox of Portland, OR, as well as many grand nephews and nieces. Kenny was also closely related to the Van Pelt, Shillal, and Scott families, located throughout Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Kenny left us to join his father Levi Van Pelt, mother Nora Charley, sisters Thelma Kishwalk Jim, Vivian L. Starr Greyfox, brothers Mike E. Starr, and Marcus L. Luke Sr., and a nephew Perry S. Luke.

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Mike O'Harra
   Posted Wed June 16, 2010
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