Richard Wallace Talley, 86, of Central Point, Ore. passed away Sunday, September 16, 2012 at his home. He was born in Roseburg, Ore. February 10, 1926 to Charles and Gladys (Walker) Talley.

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 as a hospital corpsman during WWII and Korea. During his time in the service he met Margaret Welker. They were married January 9, 1947 in Roseburg, Ore. after his discharge from the Navy. The Talley's moved to Medford in 1953 and then to Central Point in 1956. Richard worked for the telephone company as a lineman and repairman, retiring in 1982. He enjoyed golfing and reading and was a member of the Elks, Good Sam Club, and the Telephone Pioneers.

Richard is survived by his daughters, Shannyn Vogel of Central Point, Ore. and Linda Talley of Palm Desert, Calif.; grandson, Randall Stevens of Central Point, Ore.; and great-grandchild, Anthony Vogel. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; brother, Maynard; and granddaughter, Michelle.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 24, 2012 at Memory Gardens Chapel, 1395 Arnold Lane, Medford, Ore. Jim Larsen will be officiating. He will be interred at Memory Gardens Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made in Richard's name to the Humane Society of Southern Oregon, 2901 Table Rock Rd., Medford, OR 97501 www.memorygardensmortuary.com