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Kenneth E. Dawes

August 11, 1939 - January 16, 2018

Kenneth Elvin Dawes, 78, stepped into eternal life with his Heavenly Father on January 16th, 2018 after a valiant battle with a long illness. His love for family and his unshakeable faith in God’s grace supported him throughout his journey and ultimately into peace.

Ken was born in Canby Oregon in August of 1939. He was known as a highly sought after general contractor specializing in finish carpentry.  In his retirement years he enjoyed staying active through gardening and tending to his yard. He seemed to always have a project or two going around the house. For relaxation he liked taking long drives, particularly to the beautiful Oregon coast. He was an enthusiastic Trailblazer and Oregon Ducks fan and enjoyed watching games and discussing the teams. He was deeply impacted by his mission trips to Guatemala and Bahamas to build churches and help orphanages. For many years he helped Bobbi with her day care business looking after many treasured little ones.  He loved each child so much and became “Papa” to them all. 

Ken loved Church on the Hill and church family deeply.  The church was where he could be a living reflection of the Father’s heart of God. He served the church in many aspects over the years. He was on the Board and served as a Deacon.  He enjoyed welcoming all into the church as a Door Greeter.  He was quick to spot new visitors and help them feel loved.  He was always willing to volunteer his carpentry skills around the church repairing or building out new projects.  Some years back he recognized that the church school did not have a proper pole to display the flag of the country he loved so much.  That just wasn’t right, so he donated the funds and oversaw the installation of a grand flag pole right outside the doors of the school.  It stands today as a memorial to his heart for the Church.

He had a beautiful voice and spent many years singing in a church choir. He especially enjoyed the old hymns of faith. His favorite was “Haven of Rest” by Henry L. Gilmour from 1890.

I’ve anchored my soul in the “Haven of Rest,”
I’ll sail the wide seas no more;
The tempest may sweep over wild, stormy, deep,
In Jesus I’m safe evermore.

He loved the bible and had many favorite scriptures, but John 3:16 stood out as his all-time favorite.
 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
In this one verse is the heart of God revealed and His plan of salvation promised.  Ken’s greatest hope in life was that all would know The Father and have security of eternal life through Christ Jesus.
Above all Ken treasured his large and loving family. He cherished any event, birthday, barbecue or party that gathered his family around. He is dearly missed by his family, who celebrate that he is at peace with his Creator. He is survived by:
His loving wife, Bobbi Dawes of Salem, OR.
His children,
Tamera Sohn of Salem, OR.
Laurie Smith of Spokane, WA.
Todd Putnam of Happy Valley, OR.
Dean Putnam of Salem, OR.
Carrie Mendezona of Tualatin, OR.
Quintin Putnam of Sedona, AZ.
Jamie Guastaferro of Roseburg, OR.
He is preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Myrtle Dawes of Canby OR, his beautiful daughter Darcie Lorraine Dawes (age three), his sister Marilyn Inloes and his grandson Brian Sohn. 
He is the brother of Marie Feddern of Buckeye Az. and William Dawes of Buckeye Az.
Additionally, he has 25 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and two more on the way.
Please join us for a memorial service celebrating Ken’s life on Saturday, January 27th at 1:00pm at Church on the Hill North Campus at 2105 Keizer Rd NE, Keizer, OR 97303. Pastor Bruce Stefanik will officiate the service. There will be a reception to follow. The family gratefully declines flowers and gifts, but donations may be given in Ken’s name to:
Patient Access Network Foundation
1331 F. street NW Suite 975
Washington, DC.  20004
Ken will rest at Belcrest Memorial Park in Salem OR.

Ken’s family would like to thank Pastors Bruce and Linda Stefanik, their staff and the entire Church on the Hill family for the many years of love and support. Also, special thanks to Dr. Bud Pierce and his amazing staff, the Salem Hospital Doctors and Nursing staff and Willamette Valley Hospice Team for all their great care and support for Ken and our family.
God bless you all.


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Jamie, may your father rest in peace.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sending love in Christ from N.Y.  

To Ken's sweet wife Bobbi, our wonderful daughter in law Sydney Barrow, our dearest friends Carrie and Tony and your beautiful families,
Our deepest condolences go out to all of you losing such a wonderful, kindhearted man here on this earth.  I'm thankful knowing he is singing again in Heaven with our Lord Jesus Christ.  Thankfully, no more pain for Ken. Bob and I are so very thankful that we got the chance to meet, several times, such a wonderful man who was a loving husband, father and grandfather.  It was a blessing that he got to be at Brad and Sydney's wedding and celebrated the Holidays surrounded by love.  He fought hard for all of you.  He knew he was loved, and you all knew he loved you too.  I could feel the love between all of you.    You are filled with unforgettable memories that will never leave you.  He will always be close and in your heart.  As hard as it is to lose this precious man, the peace comes from knowing that he is taken care of now and forever more with our great Savior, until we all meet again.   My heartbreaks for the sadness that you all have to go through to heal.  My prayers go out to all of you.   Hugs to all and MUCH LOVE.  Linda and Bob Barrow