Kenneth William Erb, 74, died peacefully Feb. 7, 2012, at his home.
He was born Aug. 26, 1937, in Pueblo, Colo., to Henry C. and Ruth E. Erb.
The family moved to San Diego, and then to Junction City, where he grew up.
Kenny enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1956, and was based in Indiana.
While on leave from the service, he married Margaret Marie "Peggy" Caruso, Nov. 1, 1956. They were later based in Colorado and in California. He was honorably discharged in 1960.
He was employed with the U.S. Forest Service, and then as a tree faller/bucker. He later worked as a commercial fisherman. He was one of the top producers of the West Coast Fisheries.
Over the years he leased the F/V Juanita and owned the Sil-Char II, Kincheloe, Ballad, Sweet Pea, Eddie and Rod and the Pam Bay. He was part owner of Gold Beach Seafood, Kincheloe Seafood, Chetco Seafood, and Harbor Ice.
His hobbies included gardening, playing guitar, singing, rafting, being outdoors, cooking, eating and spending time with the family.
He had many close friends, and will truly be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his older brother Edward Erb; son Christopher Erb; daughter Michelle Cleary; grandchildren Paul Cleary, Lindsay Erb, Erika Cleary, Jeremiah Gibbons, Lacey Erb, Elijah Gibbons; great-grandson Hayden Gaddis. Also surviving are multiple nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his brothers Don, Richard and Harold Erb; son Michael Allen Erb; and grandson Logan Bradley Erb.
A celebration of his life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Living Waters Foursquare Church, 1136 Fifield St., Brookings.
Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.