Kenneth Eugene Willard

July 18, 1932September 9, 2018
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Ken Willard was born in Kansas City, KS. At age 86 he passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, wife Juanita of 64 years; son David and wife Carole; daughter Debbie; daughter Janice Heiman-Philpott and her husband Randy; grandchildren, Austin and Colby Heiman; Mark and Brooke (Willard) Leondar. Ken is also survived by his sister Martha Jane Whithorne; deceased sisters, Rose, Louise, & brothers JR and Ron.

Ken worked for Deluxe Check Printers 38 years, with wife and three little children ,transferred to Portland in 1961; retired as Production Manager 1989. “GET R DONE” Ken retired to spend more time with Juanita, golfing, fishing, stain glass hobby and travel, especially in the motor home; His love of his classic cars, too many to mention thru the years, car shows and his most recent 1934 Chrysler. He always had another restoration project in mind! I would hope that long ago he forgave Juanita for the selling of his 1934 Ford.

Ken always enjoyed people, helping at school and Sunday school projects. He enjoyed golf with the Deluxer’s league and outings also at Willamette Valley Country Club for 28 years.

He will be greatly missed by all.


  • Funeral Service Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Reception Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Committal Service Friday, September 14, 2018

Kenneth Eugene Willard

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Gary Mahone

September 13, 2018

I first met Kenny in 1969 when my wife and I transferred from the deluxe check printers plant in California to the Portland plant that was actually located in Beaverton Oregon. Over the years we became so much more than just friends. We camped together beginning in tents and ending up in motorhomes. We fished, played golf, and took many road trips together. I had taken up the hobby of stained glass and Ken asked if I could teach him. He chose as his first project a three masted sailing ship in a storm. Ken loved a challenge and proved he could master most anything. We worked on cars together, finished his cabin at the lake together, and simply enjoyed each other's company. To say he will be missed is a massive understatement. I have lost more than a friend but the brother I never had until Ken entered my life.

To Juanita and the family. This is only a temporary parting. When we are reunited it will be joyful, amazing and for eternity.

Steve Russell

September 12, 2018

I worked with Ken at Deluxe Check Printers. For many years my work place was just outside his office. I always enjoyed when he came out and said hi. He always had a great laugh. I'm sorry for your loss, and hope the service is beautiful.


September 12, 2018

When I interviewed for a job in Portland, I met Kenny. After I left the interview and waiting for a response, I got a call to come back because they were not sure I was tall enough? Kenny looked at me and I thought, who is taller? Kenny was a good man and I truly did respect him. Sorry for your loss. I would have loved to come to his funeral,but sadly I have to go to another friends funeral.

Bonnie Myers

September 12, 2018

Juanita & family Glenn & I are so sorry to hear ab out Kenny We were just talk ing of you two when we realized their 86 birthdays were so close. Our thoughts are with you all.

Shannon Lilly

September 12, 2018

Praying for all of you at this difficult time. My heart breaks for your loss but rejoices that Kenny is now in Heaven with Jesus where we will see him again! Love you all! <3