Kenneth M. Karlinger, age 71, of Roseburg passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2016. He was born on April 16, 1945 in Eugene, Oregon to Earl and Frances (Fortin) Karlinger. Ken’s mother passed away in childbirth and was raised by his grandparents Kenneth and Violet Fortin on the Century Farm in Umpqua. He was the fifth generation to live and work the farm. He graduated from Oakland High School and went on to Oregon State to earn a LSIT. Ken married Roseann M. Enright on June 9, 1965 and they recently celebrated their 51st anniversary. He worked for Douglas County Public Works for 34 years as a Civil Engineer. Ken was a Life Member of the NRA and Friend of the NRA as well as a precinct person for the Republican Party. He was an active member of many local Masonic groups holding various positions: Life Member and Past Master of Laurel Lodge #13, member of Oakland Lodge #16, member of O.E.S. #8 and #91, member of Hilla Shrine, Past Royal Patron of Amaranth Douglas Court #18, Life Member of Scottish Rite, Sovereign Master of Allied Masonic Degree and a member of York Rite. Ken served six years as a District Deputy and three years as a Deputy Instructor as well as holding a Lifetime Proficiency card for the Masonic work. Ken is survived by his wife, Roseann and three half-brothers, Dean of Medford, Eric of Seattle and Spike of Florence as well as numerous cousins and friends. A Masonic Service will be held in the Odd Fellows/ Rebekah Hall on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 2:00P.M. with Dave Sherman officiating.
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