Kenneth was born on Sept. 15, 1921, in Lethbridge, Canada. He died on Nov. 30, 2016, at the Oregon Veterans’ Home, in The Dalles, Oregon.
Ken was the third of five children born to William and Hattie Dayley. Although born in Canada, Ken was raised in Idaho and attended school in Shoshone.
As a young man, Ken worked on the family farm and often told stories of farming with horses and riding an old saddle horse to school. He was a standout athlete in high school, playing football and baseball.
After high school, Ken and a friend rode a motorcycle to Seattle, attended sheet metal school and went to work for Boeing Aircraft. He worked there until 1943, when he was inducted into the Army Air Corps.
Stationed in Ohio, he was injured in a B17 crash, which killed five of his air crew.
While stationed at Buckley field in Colo., Ken was decorated for helping to rescue the pilot of a burning fighter plane that crashed on takeoff.
While in Colo., Ken also met his future wife, Vera. They were married on April 14, 1945. They remained companions until her passing in May of 2010. When Ken finished his stint in the Army Airforce in 1946, he went to work for a short while for a Chevy garage. He changed his profession shortly afterwards and went to work building the dams in the Northwest.
Ken finally settled in The Dalles in about 1958 and raised his family here.
He liked to fish, watch his kids, grandkids and great grandkids play sports. He also was involved in coaching baseball.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Bill and Jim and two sisters, Nelda and Berthel, and his wife Vera.
He is survived by his children; Teddie Franklin of Alamosa, Colo.; Sylvia Brock and husband Doug of The Dalles, Ken Dayley II and his wife Jill of Chesterfield, Mo. Ken had 14 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed.
Viewing will be on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, from 2-6 p.m. at Spencer, Libby & Powell.
Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 at 11 a.m.
Memorials may be sent to The Dalles Little League PO Box 810 The Dalles, Ore. 97058
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