Kenneth Sibert Obituary

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Kenneth Dean Sibert

February 21, 1944 - August 24, 2014
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Kenneth Dean Caton was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska on February 21, 1944, to parents Clifton and Lucille Caton. Lucille was later married to Earl Sibert, which adopted Ken in 1950. Ken was brother to "Dick", James, and Joyce Sibert. Early in Ken's life, his family relocated to Colorado. Ken grew up in the rural setting of Loveland County, Colorado and much of his young life was spent engaged in agricultural work. From the ages of 14 to 16 Ken was operating farm equipment and driving tractors. At 17, Ken took an interest in driving larger trucks, thus beginning a lifelong career in trucking. Ken enlisted and served in the US Army...
Kenneth Dean Caton was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska on February 21, 1944, to parents Clifton and Lucille Caton. Lucille was later married to Earl Sibert, which adopted Ken in 1950. Ken was brother to "Dick", James, and Joyce Sibert. Early in Ken's life, his family relocated to Colorado. Ken grew up in the rural setting of Loveland County, Colorado and much of his young life was spent engaged in agricultural work. From the ages of 14 to 16 Ken was operating farm equipment and driving tractors. At 17, Ken took an interest in driving larger trucks, thus beginning a lifelong career in trucking. Ken enlisted and served in the US Army from 1960 to 1963. During his time in the Army he was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. Prior and subsequently, to his time in the Army, Ken had worked in many fields, including but not limited to, farm worker, construction work, Rancher- roping, branding, fence mending, round-ups, breaking horses, steer roping, & cattle drivers. He was also a Warm Springs Police Officer, an EMT, and finished his career as a long haul truck driver.

Once he went back to work as a long-haul trucker – hauling goods all over the United States until his retirement in September of 2008. Ken won many safety awards as a trucker and was revered and respected by his peers as a true professional in his field of work. In 1972, Ken moved to Madras, Oregon with some friends. He was married to Jeanine Fowler and gained 5 step children.

Eventually Ken called Portland his home. Ken exchanged wedding vows with Shelly Stewart-Stalder at the Portland City Justice Center on December 17th, 1988. The two shared many special trips together and many memorable adventures in the Oregon outdoors. Ken and Shelly were avid outdoors people and the two enjoyed fishing trips to Lost Lake, Trojan Lake, crawdad fishing at Harriott Lake, and fishing at Timothy Lake, Lost Lake, Trillium Lake, and Vernonia Pond to name a few. From 2009 to 2012, Ken owned an Alumaweld boat. Ken and Shelly spent time together fishing in the Alumaweld on the Columbia River, Multnomah Channel, Green Peter Reservoir and Henry Hagg Lake. In addition to his love for the outdoors, Ken was a talented woodworker. One of his favorite things to do was just to be engaged in the process of making something beautiful out of wood. Ken poured his heart and soul into constructing unique wooden items that are cherished by many family members and friends. Ken also loved to play the guitar and sing songs. For many years he took his guitar along with him when he went on the road, until it was destroyed in a trucking accident. In the early 1980s, Ken was an avid square dancer.

It could be said that Ken was incredibly lucky. He was struck by lightning three times and he lived to tell about all three instances! – He was struck first while farming as a young boy, second time was in a thunderstorm in Georgia when he was in the Army, and the third time was when he and Shelly were trucking together in Pennsylvania and their truck was struck. Ken was involved in many serious trucking accidents, including a tremendous accident in Klamath Falls with son, Stanley Fowler, on board with him. Through the many injuries and accidents Ken was still very lucky to live to tell the tales.

Ken will be remembered as a loving son, husband, father, step-father, brother, grandfather, uncle, and friend. He had a special way of showing his love for each and every one he knew and he truly will be missed.

He is predeceased by his parents Earl and Lucille; and his step-son, Steve "Fred" Stalder; and the mother of his 5 step-children, Janine Fowler.

Ken is survived by his loving wife Shelly; mother-in-law, Doris "Beth" Stewart; brothers, Dick and James Sibert; sister, Joyce Sibert; step-children: Stanley Fowler, Stewart Fowler, Joe Fowler, Brian Fowler, Melody Wilson (Fowler), Lisa Stalder Devlin (Gary); niece Leah Sibert-Guthrie; nephews: Greg Smith, Craig Smith, and Earl Sibert; step-grandchildren; Daniel Fowler, Kyle Devlin, Corina Stalder, Sarah Wilson, Mick Wilson, Delani Stalder, Nikolas Stalder-Semenova; great-nephews, Christopher Smith and Amen Guthrie; great niece, Ashley Bentley; great-great niece, Amelia Mae Bentley; close friends, John Schneider and Mike Keller; and special "sister", Shelley Schneider and her two children, Carey and Mychael.

A memorial ceremony and celebration of Ken's life will take place at Skyline Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, 4101 NW Skyline Blvd., Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, September 20, at 1pm. He will be laid to rest with military honors at Willamette National Cemetery of Happy Valley, Oregon on Monday, September 22, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.

Remembrances in lieu of flowers may be sent to Skyline Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, 4101 NW Skyline Blvd., Portland, Oregon, for the services scheduled for September 20, 2014 or you can send them to home of Ken and Shelly Sibert.

Please visit Ken's internet memorial and online guestbook at: www.skylinememorialgardens.com and http://rememberpapaken.com.

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"Brother dear, thanks for being the big brother...except for the tickling! I'll miss our truck stop stay over time's. You are & will be sadly missed with..." Joyce Sibert (Buckley, WA)

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