La Grande, Oregon
Lowell Gene Clinkenbeard, 57, died April 22 at his home in La Grande. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Mr. Clinkenbeard was born Jan. 23, 1950, to Kenneth Lowell and Fern Ilene (Harbaugh) Clinkenbeard in Kansas City, Mo. His family moved to Union County when he was a child, and they lived in Elgin, Union, Cove, Imbler and Summerville as he was growing up.
He served with the Navy during the Vietnam War and after an honorable discharge returned to Union County and worked in the concrete construction business.
On May 27, 2006, he married Katherine Glen in Elgin.
He was an avid motorcycle rider and built motorcycle tricycles. He also made swords and walking sticks and collected knives.
Survivors include his wife, Katherine Clinken-beard of La Grande; mother, Fern Ilene Clinkenbeard of La Grande; children, Candy Rose Clinkenbeard of Pendleton, Russell Gene Clinkenbeard of Salem, Lowell Phillip Clinkenbeard of Portland and Alice Ilene Clinkenbeard of Pendleton; stepchildren, Bryan Michael Nearing of La Grande, Russanne Glen of Everett, Wash., and Jennifer, Ashley and Tyler at home; brothers, Rex Clinkenbeard of La Grande, Allen Clinkenbeard of Wallowa County, Terry Clinkenbeard of Imbler and Doug Clinkenbeard of Hermiston; several grandchildren; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father.
Memorials may be made to the Lowell Clinkenbeard Fund in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.
The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending April 28, 2007 Published: April 28, 2007