Kenneth Dean Vial, of Grand Ronde, Ore., was born on Feb. 20, 1950, in Laurens, to Gordon and Alpha Myhr Vial. He died on Jan. 25, 2013, in Stanfield, Ore., at the age of 62 years. Ken was raised and attended school in Havelock, graduating from Havelock-Plover High School in the class of 1968. He earned the Order of the Arrow in the Boy Scouts of America.
In 1974, he was the high individual at the World Dairy Expo Dairy Judging Contest. Ken graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Dairy Science. He worked for the National Brown Swiss Association and later was a professional livestock photographer living in Fresno, Calif. In 1979, he married Patricia Clancy. They had three children and then later divorced. Ken and his family moved to Eugene, Ore., in 1985 where they had started a vineyard. They then moved to Newberg, Ore., in 1995 where Ken continued to work in the dairy industry. Ken moved to Grand Ronde, Ore., in 2003 and worked as a Livestock Water Quality Specialist for the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Ken was a member of the National Dairy Shrine. He was an airplane pilot, enjoyed riding motorcycles, hunting, beekeeping and being involved in the dairy and agriculture industries. Ken encouraged and was supportive of his children's involvement in agriculture.
He is survived by his daughters: Darcy (Clint) Sexson, Stanfield, Ore., Lindsay Vial, Tri-Cities, Wash.; son: Shawn Vial, Bend, Ore.; brothers: Harold Vial, Cedar Rapids, and Lee Vial, Marshalltown; sister, Harriet Den Hartog, Storm Lake; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Raymond Vial.
Ken's family would like to thank the staff at Salem Hospital and Vange John Memorial Hospice for their compassionate and expert care.
A celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Salem, Ore. A private family burial will be held at Washington Cemetery, Havelock.
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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.