Michael Wayne Knifong of Beaverton, formerly of Enterprise, passed away Oct. 11, 2016 on Tiger Canyon Road near Milton-Freewater at age 50.
He was born Sept. 14, 1966 in Walla Walla to Ernie and Linda Knifong. He is the older of two sons.
Mike was raised in Wallowa County. He grew up with a love of hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He graduated from Enterprise High School in 1985. During his time as a “Savage” football player, his team won the state championship in Autzen Stadium in 1985. He attended Blue Mountain Community College after graduation, and while in Pendleton he met his wife, Michelle. They were married in 1988 and later Mike graduated as an electrical technician. They resided in Pendleton for five years. After Pendleton, Mike and Michelle moved to Beaverton, where he took with job with Textronix.
There they started a family and had two daughters: Emily (now 18) and Erika (15). Mike was employed with Textronix for 18 years and later retired from there.
Mike was an avid Water Fowler and a board member for the Water Fowl Festival. He enjoyed this immensely and made many good friends through this organization.
The family had many memorable camping trips to the Snake River, Wyoming, Yellowstone and Lake Takenitch in Florence. Many of these trips were joined by Mike’s aunt Jenice and uncle Larry. Mike spent 15 years hunting the Snake River Canyon with his great uncle Don, father Ernie and younger brother Ken. Mike was known for being a passionate outdoorsman and storyteller. He always had an upbeat attitude and was willing to give of his time to help anyone.
Mike is survived by his wife Michelle (Beaverton); daughters Emily and Erika (Beaverton); father Ernie (Vikki) of Wallowa; mother Linda of Enterprise; brother Ken (Colby) of Enterprise; nephews Kennisen and Kellan of Enterprise; aunt Jenice and uncle Larry Gibson of Oregon City; and numerous other great-aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Enterprise Baptist Church in Enterprise. Memorial contributions can be made to a savings account set up at Chase Bank for Mike’s daughters, Emily and Erika Knifong.
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