Jack Duane Pfeifer, 81, of Medford, OR, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend to many.
He was born in Medford, OR on May 7, 1933 to George B. and Laila F. Pfeifer. After graduating from Eagle Point High School, Jack attended Oregon State University where he earned both a Bachelor's Degree in 1955 and a Master's Degree in 1964 from the School of Education. Jack loved classical music. He started playing the violin at age 5 and continued through his college years. Jack played in the OSU Orchestra throughout college. He often joked that orchestra was an easy "A"! Jack was a member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. While at Oregon State he met and married his loving wife, Joselle (Jody) Davis. Jack and Jody had been married 57 years and together raised two sons, Jeff and Tim.
Jack was inducted into the Army on July 25, 1956 and served two years on active duty. Shortly following his release from active duty, Jack joined the Army Reserve and served an additional 28 years in the USAR. During his last four years of service he was the Battalion Commander of the 2nd Battalion, 414th Regt. Jack retired as a Colonel in the USAR. At his retirement dinner, his fellow reservists commended him on his leadership style, saying that he always inspired his people to reach their potential and use their talents. He was known as a respected leader who always went the extra mile for his Batallion.
Jack spent his working career as a teacher. He taught in the areas of Arts and Crafts, Industrial Arts, and Math. Jack taught in San Leandro, CA, Grants Pass, OR, and Medford, OR.
Jack had many and varied interests. He was an outdoorsman. He shared his love for hunting, fishing, boating, camping, and skiing with his family. Jack and Jody often traveled with family and friends throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Central and South America. They also loved sharing their Sunriver home with family and friends. As they grew up, the grandchildren thought it was a real treat to spend time at Sunriver. In retirement Jack became a talented craftsman creating many pieces of furniture and unique wood gifts. Many people shared Jack's wood shop while completing their own projects.
Jack was a man of service. He gave generously of his time and talents to better his community. He served on the Jacksonville Planning Commission and the City Council. In addition he was a member of the Jacksonville Lions Club and worked with the Lion's Sight and Hearing Center in Medford. Jack was a life-long member of the Presbyterian Church serving on Session and the Board of Deacons, heading up the Men's Lunch Bunch and serving on many committees. He was a devoted man of God.
He is survived by his wife, Jody; sons, Jeff of Gresham, OR and Tim of Eagle, ID; and five grandchildren, McKenzie of Albany, OR, Megan of Central Point, OR, Kyle of Wasco, OR, Allyson of Salt Lake City, UT, and Zachary of Eagle, ID.
Interment will be at the Eagle Point National Cemetery followed by a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 18, 2014 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2000 Oakwood Dr., Medford, OR. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice or the College Scholarship Programs of the Jacksonville Lions, P.O. Box 582, Jacksonville, OR 97503 or Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2000 Oakwood Dr., Medford, OR 97504.