Kenneth Houser (aka KR, Kenny), 86, passed away peacefully October 12th with his daughter by his side.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, 58892 Saulser Rd., St. Helens, on Saturday, November 7, at 2 p.m. All CDC Guidelines will be adhered to and multiple heated seating locations will be available for social distancing.
Ken was born September 4, 1934, in Knoxville, Tennessee, to parents, Leo and Dorothy Houser. He attended Inskip Elementary School and graduated from Central High School.
He married Donna Minty on November 1, 1957, after a month of dating and were married 49 years before Donna's death in 2006.
Ken was an avid sports fan and volunteer (not only a Tennessee Vol) spending many hours at the Dad's Club food booth, high school football's chain gang, track & field volunteer, basketball time clock keeper and much more resulting in a unanimous induction into the Scappoose High Sports Hall of Fame.
He spent many volunteer hours with the Scappoose Fire District, retiring as captain after 35+ years of service. Ken was recognized as two-time Officer of the Year, three-time EMS Officer of the Year, as well as 2000 Oregon Volunteer Firefighter of the Year.
Ken raised three daughters but, was proud to tell people he had a baseball team of sons as he coached/mentored the same group of boys for many years leading them to several state championships. He also coached a men's fast pitch team to a national tournament in Tennessee and played AAA ball himself in Nebraska.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Donna; brothers, Bob, Bill, Jim and Paul; sisters, Jane and Nancy; John and Vivian Minty, aka Mom and Pop; and son-in-law, Richard Roth.
He is survived by his three daughters, Terrie (Mike) Link, Gresham, Dawn (Mark) Trotman, Merrill, Jodi, Rainier; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Gloria, Tennessee, Linda, New York and Brenda (Arthur), Florida.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Alzheimer's Association in Donna's memory at 1311 N.W. 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97209.