Rodney C. Read

Rodney C. Read passed away peacefully with his wife and four children at his side at 12:43 p.m. on Aug. 24, 2008. Rodney was born on Feb. 3, 1940, in Sioux Falls, S.D. to Cecil and Leone Read. He moved to the Rogue Valley with his family and attended St. Mary's in Medford where he graduated in 1958. After graduation he joined the Navy and served on the USS Nicholas. Upon his return from the service, he met Karen Dunn, also a graduate from St. Mary's, and they were married on Nov. 25, 1961. He worked at Medford Corporation for 31 years and then for 5 years at Boise Cascade before retiring in 1997. He was an avid outdoorsman and he passed this love on to his children. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by Karen, his wife of 46 years; children, Debbie Barner, and husband, Carl, of Auburn, Wash., Jeff, and wife, Linda, of Ashland, Ore., Rick, and wife, Christina, of Portland, Ore., and Dan Read, of Medford, Ore.; 10 grandchildren, Zachary, Allie and Matthew Barner, and McKenna, Madison, Bryson, Julia, Ashley, Victoria, and Joseph Read; siblings, Paul Read, Central Point, Ore., Stan Read, Ashland, Ore., Joan Williams, of Portland, Ore., Michael Read, of Central Point, Ore., Kathy Lucas, of Eugene, Ore., Tom Read, of Grants Pass, Ore., and Mary Buchwald, of Springfield, Ore. He was preceded in death by brothers, Gordon, Marvin and Jim, and a sister, Helen.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Perl Funeral Home, Medford Ore. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Lung Association.