Wilson Francis Edinger, 88 years, of Medford, Ore., passed away at home Friday, January 15, 2013.

Born December 4, 1924 in Otisco, N.Y., he served as a sergeant in G Company of the 504th Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division in France, Germany, and Belgium, where he earned a Purple Heart.

Upon returning home, he graduated from Syracuse University in 1949 with a degree in forestry. He moved to Oregon to work for the BLM in 1954 where he was instrumental in the development of the Rogue River Trail in 1961. He retired in 1980 as the Galice District Manager.

He then spent his retirement traveling around the country with his wife, Sophie, who passed away in 1994. He kept himself busy painting houses for 10 years and always appreciated a good ball game or round of golf.

He is survived by one sister; a brother, five children, Susan, Scott, Denis, Mark, and Lori; and three grandchildren.

There will be a service at Shepherd of the Valley Catholic Church, 600 Beebe Rd., Central Point, Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. All who knew him are welcome to attend. He will be interred at Eagle Point National Cemetery.

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