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The Reverend Kent Lambert Haley

November 29, 1917 - March 23, 2016


Kent Lambert Haley was born in Seattle, Washington in 1917, the second son of Robert and Ethelfleda Haley. In 1926 he moved with his family to Corvallis, Oregon as his father sought his Masters Degree in Economics at Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State University). Kent returned to Oregon in 1937 to attend what was by then known as Oregon State Agricultural College, earning a Bachelor of Science in Animal Husbandry with a minor in Botany. After graduating, Kent became the General Science teacher at Marshfield Junior High on the Oregon Coast.

Kent was teaching in Marshfield when World War II broke out. Kent entered the US Army Signal Corps in 1942. He was deployed to North Africa and Great Britain, most often serving as a signalman on troop ships, including off Utah Beach in Normandy during the invasion of Fortress Europe in 1944. It was during the war that Kent found his true calling, influenced by wartime events and the splendid Anglican cathedrals and parish churches of England. After the war he entered seminary at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California.

He was ordained as a Deacon in the Episcopal Church in 1949, convinced Janice Bramble to be his bride, received a posting at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Portland, Oregon and was then ordained into the Priesthood at St. Mark’s. In 1950, Father Haley was appointed as the Vicar of the Episcopal Mission of St. Peter in east Portland.

After 16 years at St. Peter’s, Father Haley accepted the position of Assistant Rector at St. Mary’s Episcopal Parish in Eugene, Oregon. Father Haley was appointed Vicar of the Episcopal Mission of St. Timothy in Salem, Oregon in 1970. Father Haley retired from St. Timothy’s in 1978. Father Kent Lambert Haley passed from this world on March 23 with family at his side. He is survived by his wife Janice, his children Mary, Ellen, Rick, David, and Veronica, three grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and honorary family members Rick, Nancy, and Haley Herrin. His legacy also lives on in the thousands of lives he has influenced throughout his careers as teacher, soldier, and priest. His Requiem will be celebrated at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 3295 Ladd Ave NE in Salem, on Saturday, April 9 at 1:00 PM. A reception will follow the service.

Memorials in Father Haley’s honor may be sent to the St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church Organ Fund, PO Box 7416, Salem, OR, 97303, or to the Yakama Nation Youth Foundation, PO Box 324, Wapato, WA  98951.

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May the Lord bless you and keep you!!!

Our family went to St. Peter's when I was small.  Mother, Nannette Bonneau, and I have often wondered about what happened to Father Haley and his family.

One of the things I remember about Father Haley occurred after my family moved away from St. Peter's.  That was a children's program Father Haley had on television called Noah's Ark where he told Bible stories.  Infact all my brothers and my sister watched too.

Again, the Lord bless you and yours!

In Christ,

Jeannette Bessler