William James Staten was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on June 15, 1924. His parents were Lawrence Tullis Staten and Lillian Lucile Shaw Staten, and his siblings were Betty Jane Louise Staten Gould and Robert Lawrence Staten. Baptized in the Mennonite Church, Bill, as he was known to family and friends, passed away at his home in Medford, Ore., on November 14, 2012 at the age of 88.

Bill attended El Monte High School in El Monte, Calif., and in 1941 volunteered for service in the United States Navy in World War II immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor. As part of America's Greatest Generation, he served at Pearl Harbor, in the Philippines, at the Battle of Midway, and in other areas of the South Pacific for nearly eight years during the war.

After the war, Bill joined his family, then living in Medford, and began working as a salesperson for Moore Steel, supplying steel to major construction projects in Northern California and Southern Oregon. After retiring from the steel business, Bill worked at Pat and Mike's True Value Hardware for several years, helping customers with their building needs.

Bill married Elizabeth Caroline Bradley on September 17, 1949 in Gold Hill, Ore. Bill is survived by his son, Tim Staten, of Medford, Ore., and daughter in-law, Sherri Staten. His grandchildren include Chole Noelle Staten, Hunter Michael Staten, and Taylor Isabelle Hallett, all of whom he loved dearly. Bill is also survived by, and enjoyed the love of, many nieces and nephews. Sadly, his wife, Betty, preceded him in death after 52 years of marriage on March 29, 2002.

Bill enjoyed many interests in his lifetime, but he is most remembered for his generosity and kindness. In his younger years, he was an avid blood donor and was always welcomed by the Red Cross because of his rare blood type. Bill was always helping with volunteer activities. One of his favorite was Food for Friends, where he delivered meals to the homebound right up until his own passing. He enjoyed traveling, watching football and baseball, visiting with old friends and making new ones, fishing at his Rogue Retreat, scuba diving, and being the care giving guardian angel of his much loved grandchildren.

Services for Bill will be held in the chapel at Siskiyou Memorial Park on Monday, November 19, 2012, at 2 p.m.

We ask in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Food for Friends.

Donations can be sent to 2130 Halsey St., Medford, Ore., 97504.