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Kenneth (Ken) William Drahos

Kenneth (Ken) William Drahos, 92, of Walla Walla, Wash., was called home by his Lord on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 at the Washington Odd Fellows Home.
Ken was born March 18, 1919 in Huron, S. D., the son of Joseph and Clara (Anderson) Drahos. His family moved to Puyallup, Wash. where he attended high school.  From there he moved to Missoula, Mont. where he attended the University of Montana on an athletic scholarship.  He majored in Forestry and specialized in timber management.  He was drafted by the New York Giants, but elected to complete his education.
In his first position with the US Forest Service he cruised and scaled timber and fought forest fires.  This took him to south central Alaska where he met his wife, Marian, of 62 years.  They were transferred to south east Alaska where they started their family.  Continuing his career he was transferred to Oregon, where after 30 years he retired in Lakeview, after working for the Fremont National Forest.  Because he was always civic minded, he volunteered with the local fire department/EMT, and Ken also was member of Toastmasters and Kings Men of the Presbyterian Church.  After retiring, they made their home in Milton-Freewater, then moved to Walla Walla, Wash. and joined the Odd Fellows Family where he continued helping people because this was part of his Christian walk in his life. Ken enjoyed wood working, a free cup of coffee, and due to his strong patriotism, always supported the military.
Ken continued to be the glue to the family after Marian passed and was proud of all they have accomplished.
Ken was survived by son Bruce Drahos of Camdon, N.C.; daughters Gaynel Troyer of Umapine, Janet Faure, Juneau, Alaska, Ruth E. Drahos of Daleville, Ala. and Kimberly M. Divis of Fayetteville, Ark.; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. A Memorial service was held in his honor on Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Odd Fellows Endowment Fund in memory of Ken Drahos, Washing Odd Fellows Home, 534 Boyer Ave., Walla Walla, Wash. 99362.

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