Edward Joseph Klimko
Edward Joseph Klimko passed away at home on Friday, February 28, 2011. He was born on November 25, 1921, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Elizabeth (Fodar) and Joseph Klimko. He attended John Marshall High School, in Cleveland, Ohio.
On June 28, 1941, Edward married Marian C. Jorgensen. They had four children, Beverly M. Hoey, of Pleasanton, Calif., Wayne E. (Suzette) Klimko, of Central Point, Ore., Terry D. (Judy) Klimko, of Lodi, Calif., and Roberta A. Klimko, who died in 1972.
In the 1940s, Edward became a photo lithographer, and owned and operated a photographic retail studio in Cleveland, Ohio. During this time he was called to military service, and was honorably discharged on November l6, 1945, when World War II ended, as a seaman second class in the United States Navy.
The 1950s brought new changes as Edward and Marian sold their business, and moved their family from Ohio to Medford, Ore. He again established a new store called Rogue Camera Shop, at 524 E. Main Street, for 15 months. A new camera store, Hudson's Rogue Camera Shop, was opened at Hudson's Pharmacy, on 613 E. Main Street, and Edward closed his store to
become the manager and photo retailer for 33 years, retiring in 1986. During his employment he taught many people photography, and produced his own advertisement for television. He was a professional photographer for newspapers, weddings, high school sports and special events such as the Pear Blossom Festival. Edward enjoyed processing black and white film, and printing photographs using his darkroom at home. During the 1960s and 1970s, Edward taught photography and camera courses at Medford Senior High for adults.
On January 11, 1988, he married Ella Fowler, who had two sons, Michael R. (Angie) Fowler, and John W. (Kathi) Fowler, both of Medford, Ore. Edward was interested in the environment, and everything about Oregon. He loved camping, fishing and hunting with his family and friends. Edward highly valued his friends and customers, loved talking to everyone and had many wonderful stories that he shared.
Edward was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, in Jacksonville, Ore., Oregon Hunters Association, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Moonshot Investment Group, and S.O.
Photographic Association, serving as president from 1962-1963.
Edward is survived by his three children; wife, Ella, and her two sons; sisters, Eleanor Komm, of Medina, Ohio, and Mildred Duch, of Cuyhoga Falls, Ohio; granddaughters, Shannon
Sargent, of Livermore, Calif., and Shelly (Michael) Roth, of Bend, Ore.; and four great-grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren (to them he was "Poppa"); he also has numerous
nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his former wife, Marian, who died in 1979; and his brother, Martin Klimko.
A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 425 Middle Street,
Jacksonville, Ore., on Friday, March 11, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. A private family/ military graveside service will be held later that afternoon. Memorial contributions may be made to American Lung Association of Oregon, 7420 SW Bridgeport Road, Suite 200, Tigard, OR 97224-7790, or Jacksonville Presbyterian Church, 425 Middle St., P.O. Box 297, Jacksonville, OR 97530.