I married Denny Vestal in 1964 while he was serving in the USAF. Denny and I were married for 46 years and unfortunately, he passed away in 2010.
We spent the first year of marriage in Roswell, N.M. We returned to Salem, then to Portland and started our family.
I was content being a stay-at-home mom, but when Denny became ill at a young age I had to enter the workforce (I worked for the city of Woodburn for 24 yrs) and he became Mr. Mom. We raised our children in Portland until 1977 when we relocated to Woodburn, then back to Salem in 1990.
I have two beautiful grandchildren whom I adore! They live in Portland so I spend considerable time there taking in their various sporting and school activities. I choose to remain in Salem to be near my 92 year old mother but would like on day to move to the Portland area.
It doesn't seem possible that 50 years has passed since we roamed the halls of North!! I'm looking forward to seeing old (oops, not supposed to use the "o" word) classmates at the reunion.
Dennis G. Vestal April 21, 1943 - March 31, 2010 SALEM - Denny Vestal, 66, passed away on March 31, 2010 in Salem, Oregon after a 35-year battle with rheumatoid arthritis. He was born in Salem to Donald and Myrtle (Farmen) Vestal, both deceased. Denny grew up in Woodburn and Salem, attending Highland grade school, Parrish middle school and North Salem high school, the youngest of three boys. He loved playing baseball and his brothers, Gary and Allan, loved hotrods and worked hard at Nopp's Golden Pheasant. After high school graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving six years in Texas, Korea and New Mexico. In his younger years Denny was very active - playing golf, bowling, softball, hunting, fishing and coaching his kid's little league teams in Woodburn. He also loved trips to Reno, the Oregon coast and Arizona. Denny and Kay Engle were married in 1964, recently celebrating 45 years of marriage. He is survived by his wife; children, Christopher (Stephanie) of Vancouver, Washington, Robin (Scott) Moran and grandchildren Emily and Aidan of Portland, Oregon. Also surviving are his brothers, Gary (Sonja) of LaPine, Allan (Sharon) of Elmira; mother-in-law, Dolores, Engle of Salem; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Published in StatesmanJournal on April 4, 2010
"I did not know Denny well although we went to high school together. For lots of good reasons I do not think I had seen him since we got into some trouble one night in June of 1961 after working a swing-shift at Willamette Cherry Growers (but I was able to keep track of him via mutual acquaintances). I remember Denny as a warm, friendly, popular, hard-working kid who oozed "cool."
~ Jim Sumner