Kenneth Leibham passed away on October 17, 2016 peacefully at home. He was born July 26, 1948 to Elizabeth Mary (Thomas) and Benedict Liebham in Minot, N.D. He was the seventh of 14 children. The family lived in Velva, N.D. for many years and eventually moved to Portland, Ore., where Ken graduated from David Douglas High School in 1966. He went on to join the Air Force Reserve, and then complete his bachelor's degree in business at Portland State University in 1972 and later an MBA in 1981.
Ken loved solving Sudoku puzzles. He had a passion for woodworking and was great at math. Most of all, he loved intellectually stimulating conversations and liked to say he was still growing up every day.
Prior to moving to the Dalles Ken worked at Hyster Corporation, starting in the machine shop and retiring as an accountant in the Treasury Department. Ken moved to The Dalles in 1988, where he taught accounting and business classes at Columbia Gorge Community College. He met and married his loving wife, Sandra Diane Schaffer on June 2, 2007. Over the years he volunteered his time generously to his community as a member of Rotary and Kiwanis. He was also an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal church and served as the Treasurer for North Wasco County People's Utility District.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents Benedict and Elizabeth, and older sister Alice as well as his younger brother John.
Ken is survived by his wife Sandy, and brothers Ed (Barbara), Alex (Margerite), Clarence (Sheila), Ben (Becky) and James (Michelle). He is also survived by his sisters Bea, Dorothy, Lorraine, Rose, Mary and Annette (Ken), in addition to 6 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
As Ken would say this last year and a half, “Take time each day to do something that makes you happy.”
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, located at 1805 Minnesota Street. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association, MCMC Celilo Cancer Center, OHSU Cancer Center or OHSU Brain Institute.
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