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The mountains are calling and I must go...
Rick Kandle, 67, beloved husband, dad, grandpa, papa, brother, and friend passed away peacefully at home on June 1, 2018 from a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Dad was born in Baker, OR on July 11, 1950, the second child of Mark and Hazel Spivey Kandle. He was raised in the small town of Kinzua, OR. He graduated from Wheeler High School, Class of 1968, Fossil, OR. Dad worked for Kinzua Corp, Heppner, OR; Portland General Electric Coal Fire Plant, Boardman, OR and Deseret Power, Vernal, UT, where he retired in 2012. Dad always said the best day of work was the last day he worked.
He served in the United States Army and was a very proud Veteran. You could always find him taking the time to thank other Veterans for their service. When asked if he ever served in any conflicts, he quickly replied, "Only one...marriage!"
Dad married our mom, Karen, and they started their life as one in Ione, OR. Together they managed to raise us three twerps. Some of dad's happiest days were when he was able to send our new spouses sympathy cards!
Dad was a lover of the outdoors, nature, hunting, and taking walks in the rain. He was an avid reader, cribbage player, movie goer, and practical jokester. He had a love of wood working. He would take the little cars and trucks he made to the Wal-Mart parking lot, pass them out to small children, and accept nothing in return. Dad was a man of few words, (except for when it came to politics). He was a humble, simple man who never asked for anything. For him, happiness was found in the small things.
He is survived by the love of his life, Karen; children Heather Kandle (Wade Forsberg), Williston, ND, Michelle (Keven) Williams, Vernal, UT, Jeremie (Hannah) Kandle, Layton, UT; grandchildren Hayden Tracey, Kamen, Kalee, and Kaelson Williams, Cordell and Matthew Kandle. His brother, Bruce Kandle, Anchorage, AK; mother-in-law June Crowell, Ione, OR; step-father Robert Reid, Irrigon, OR; brother-in-law Gene (Kristy) Crowell, Ione, OR; sister-in-law Sharon (Brian) Rietmann, Ione, OR; sister-in-law Linda Kandle, Prineville, OR; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Mark Duane Kandle, father-in-law Howard Crowell, and grandparents.
We knew Dad's love not so much by his words but most definitely by his actions.
As per Dad's request there will be no service. We will grant his wish and return him home to Oregon.
In lieu of flowers, please have a bologna sandwich, drink a diet coke (no ice), plant a tree, and spend time with your loved ones.
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. ~John Lubbock
In Dad's own words, "I came. I saw. I died!"
Arrangements and cremation have been entrusted to the care of the Phillips Ashley Valley Funeral Home. Online condolences may be shared at www.ashleyvalleyfuneralhome.com