March 7, 2020 — On Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, Kenneth Paul Ory, 77, loving husband and father of four children, passed away peacefully after a valiant five year battle against bone cancer.
Ken was born in Aurora, Il., on Feb. 9, 1943, to Myron E and Violet E. Ory, who proceeded him in death, and so were there to welcome him home.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dorrit; his four daughters: Alicia, Rena, Christina and Rachel; three sons-in-law, nine brothers, four sisters, four grandchildren, as well as a granddaughter, grandson-in-law, four great-grandchildren and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
He was born in Illinois, raised in California, served four years in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft woodworker, and went on to build full-size wooden mock-ups of the B-1 bomber, the space shuttle and many other prototypes of aircraft through North American Rockwell.
He grew up in California but made his permanent home in Florence, Ore., since 1975. He was an amazing woodworker and he and his wife opened Florence Cabinets in 1977.
As Florence grew, so did their business, and Ken built a new building in Florence in 1992 called the Orygon Home Center. His life’s work can be seen in many, many homes, businesses, schools, hospitals, banks, bars and restaurants that have his cabinets, store fixtures and countertops in them — all up and down the Oregon coast.
He was a good man, an excellent craftsman, a husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle, a local business owner for over 40 years, and an avid poker player where he met and made many new friends who became like family.
He will be missed by many.
A gathering of friends will be planned at a later date.