Ken “Punk” Earls, 81, of Winchester Bay died sometime around May 26 at his home in Winchester Bay.

He was born in Eugene on July 30, 1930, to Fred and Bessie Earls and attended school in the Eugene area and in Reedsport.

Punk dropped out of high school at around age 15 and went to work on a salmon troller in northern California. That began a long career as a commercial fisherman in the Winchester Bay area.

He married Barbara Rowe in Reedsport and they had two daughters, Valyn Sue and Vicki Lynn.

He joined the Army around 1950 and served in Korea during the Korean War.

He and Barbara owned and operated a fish market and, later, a bait dock in Winchester Bay. They also owned and operated a tavern and restaurant in Drewsey for several years.

Punk was a well-known figure in the Winchester Bay area and was a hard-working, no-nonsense man. Later in life, to make ends meet, he cut and sold firewood late into his 70s.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles “Jack” Earls; wife, Barbara; and daughters, Valyn and Vickie.

He is survived by his brothers, Bill in Warrenton and Bob in The Dalles;  two grandsons; and a great-grandchild.

In accordance with his wishes, no service is planned. He will be cremated and his ashes, along with the ashes of his wife and daughters, will be scattered by the family in the Drewsey area.


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