James Edwin Fernlund, 85, passed away January 12, 2014. He was born in Rolla, Kansas December 13, 1928 and moved to Oregon in 1935. James graduated from school in Central Point in 1947. He attended Southern Oregon College in Ashland and spent one year at L.I.F.E. Bible College in Los Angeles, Calif.
James worked most of his career in the grocery business for Safeway, Bazar-Big C, Retail Clerk's Union, and in 2004 retired from Harry and David's Country Store. He was proud of his civic service as Medford City Councilman for Ward 2, 1980-84; Medford Planning Commission, 1989-90; and, Medford Budget Committee, 1992-95.
In his spare time he was a Sunday School teacher, member of the Eagles, Navy League, Medford Senior Center, and Central Point Pointer Club, Troop leader for his son's Boy Scout Troop, and president of Retail Clerk's Local #265. James also enjoyed a lifetime hobby of building model boats and spending time with his beloved family.
James was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Bessie Fernlund, and his sister, Bernice Clark. He is survived by his wife, Jeannette Nyhoff Fernlund, who he married February 11, 1950; daughter, Carol Fernlund of Eugene, Ore.; son, Curtis Fernlund of New York City; brother, Gerald Fernlund of Central Point, Ore.; and four nieces and five nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, January 20, 2014 at Siskiyou Memorial Park, 2100 Siskiyou Boulevard, Medford, OR 97504.
The following poem by A.R. Crontos was found tucked away in his Bible and speaks to how James lived his life.
I'm thankful for all good
with which I've been blessed throughout life.
For hardships, and for heartaches too,
for failures, trials and strife.
I'm thankful for each little prayer
someone has said for me;
For loving thoughts, for friendliness,
for all good will I see.
My thanks for hands, with which I could serve
someone on life's way;
For all small deeds of kindness
I'm allowed to do each day.
I'm thankful for all happiness,
each long hour of deep sorrow;
God thus in His great mercy
gives more wisdom for tomorrow.