Kenneth R. Gifford, Jr., beloved husband and father, passed away at his home on February 14, 2013 after a four month battle with cancer.
Ken is survived by his wife, Sally; his eight children: Beverly (Gary) Casterline, Patrick Gifford, Richard (Valerie) Gifford, Michelle (Randy) Dumas, Dina Gifford, Kelly (John) Heckman, Shelly (Rob) Kibler and Jeff (Linda) Gifford. Ken is also survived by his father, Ken ("Senior"); his brother, Bill; his sisters, Diana Gifford-Tuggle and Charlene Alexander and his 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Ken was born December 30, 1945 in Klamath Falls, Oregon and moved to Shasta County in 1955. Ken was active in the 4-H program and stayed involved throughout his lifetime as a sponsor on the Shasta Livestock Auction. Ken enjoyed hunting, fishing, diving and flying.
Ken started working in the construction industry in 1963 and formed his own general contracting company, Gifford Construction, in 1972. He was a hands-on business owner obtaining contractor's licenses in six classifications. As the owner of Gifford Construction, Ken and Sally guided the business from a "mom and pop" operation to a construction company that has successfully completed some of the largest buildings in Shasta County.
Ken proudly served as the director of the Redding Bank of Commerce since 1998 and was named the Chairman of the Board in 2007. He served on the Mercy Hospital Foundation, Mercy Hospital Advisory Council, Director of the Economic Development Corporation of Shasta County, Member of the Rotary Club of Redding, Redding Chamber of Commerce & Director for the Riverview Country Club.
Throughout Ken's journey he and Sally have maintained their commitment to do the best they could for their family and their community. Ken and Sally were involved in a number of civic and charitable organizations and together received the Mayor's Philanthropic Award from the City of Redding. Ken received numerous awards for his contributions to the community, some of the most notable include: Shasta Builders Exchange Citizen of the Year, The Virgil Covington Memorial Chamber of Commerce, Redding Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, and Redding Business Man of the Year.
Rosary service will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church followed by burial services at St. Joseph Cemetery and reception following at Riverview Golf and Country Club.
Arrangements handled throughAllen & Dahl Funeral Chapel in Redding (243-1525).