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Edwin Kenneth Vieira, known as Kenny, passed away on June 1, 2018, at his ranch in Sprague River, Ore.
He was born on June 19, 1927 in Hildebrand, Ore., to James and Grace (Dinkel) Vieira. Kenny spent most of his childhood living on his grandparents Manuel and Rosa Vieira's ranch in Hildebrand. His grandfather, Manuel, founded Hildebrand. There used to be a stage stop, post office, school, store and, at one time, a logging camp there. The only remaining building is a storage building on a hill that Sierra Cascade Nursery owns. He helped his grandparents with the store and ranch as he got older, driving cattle to grazing land from Hildebrand Ranch to High Robbins, and between Sprague River and Beatty, then back to Hildebrand.
He attended a one-room school at Hildebrand, Bonanza through high school until it burned down, then Henley High School. He was drafted into the Army in 1945 and never completed high school. At the tail end of World War II, his cavalry unit was stationed in Bavaria Germany for three years.
After serving his country, he came back to Sprague River. He then went to work for Bly Logging for many years. He enjoyed telling stories of the big timber there used to be around the country. In 1957, he bought property in Sprague River, known as Vieira Ranches. When he bought Vieira Ranches, it was covered in sagebrush and juniper trees. He figured out how to grow dry land rye, oats, alfalfa and then pasture for cattle.
Before the local restaurants closed down, you could find him enjoying breakfast, coffee and conversation with his friends and neighbors at 6 a.m. every day. At the end of the workday, you could find him in the back porch in the shade looking at the lake, Sprague River valley and Gearhart Mountain.
He loved ranching, cattle, the land and spending time with his family and telling them stories about his life and the history of the area. Some of his favorite activities included hunting, fishing or driving around the mountains. He spent his retired years driving around the ranch watching the cattle and shooting squirrels. He thoroughly enjoyed family brandings and watching all family members carry on the traditions taking care of the cattle. He lived his life on his terms and enjoyed every bit of it.
He is survived by his children, James Brotherton, Edwin Vieira, Rick and Sharon Vieira, and Vicki and Art Swindler; grandchildren, Eric and Cecilia Vieira, Shawn and Trina Brotherton, Charla Raven, Michelle and Richard Sharp, Amelia Swindler, Amber Vieira, Andy and Katrina Swindler, Bonnie and Ray Byrd, and Jesse and Candace Ginestar; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Jaden, Alex, Maddie, Byron, Kalina, Kindan, Bella, Dean, Zarian, Jake and Jordon; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Kenny was preceded in death by his son, Lynn Brotherton; grandson, Charlie Brotherton; sister and brother-in-law, Alice and Frank Harvey; and brother, Riley McBride.
At his request, no service will be held. His family would like to extend their gratitude to High Desert Hospice and his caregivers Cathy, Emma, Pam, Wayne and Tina for their care and support.

Published in Herald And News on June 13, 2018
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