“Too much talk and not enough action, ” says Bob Kennedy of his terms as a state Legislator. The same could not be said of his lifelong passion for working in the woods. He loved the machinery, the hard work ethics of the men, and being out in the woods! He grew up in logging camps working for his Dad and always knew he would be a logger on his own. His first superintendents job was, at 26 years of age, for Kunzua Pine Mill near Heppner, Oregon. As his family with wife, Theresa, grew to three daughters, he headed for Klamath Falls in 1957 for better schools and ended up in a partnership with Grant March and Ellison Henderson called Bly Logging Company, one of the Basin’s largest and most successful logging companies. If was a busy and fulfilling career in the woods for 21 years until retirement in 1978.
Always mindful of giving back to his industry and the community, Bob was very involved in Campfire girls, the Chamber of Commerce, the Klamath County Roads Advisory Board, the PTA...“everything that came along,” he says. His proudest achievements were being President of the Intermountain Logging Conference in Spokane, WA. in 1955, the President of the Oregon Logging Conference for many years,, and the President of the Pacific Logging Congress in 1965 and honorary life membership in all three organizations.
Of course, Collier Park wants to thank Bob for years of dedication to the Logging Museum where he has served on the Friends of Collier Park Logging Museum board for many years and where he has been instrumental in locating and acquiring many, many exhibits for us. He is one of a handful of dedicated volunteers, who, through the years, have made the park the world class logging museum it is today.