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Wilbur Scalberg

Wilbur Digger Scalberg

Wilbur "Digger" Scalberg, 87, of Medford, died March 30, 2006 at home.

Born June 29, 1918 and raised in Keewatin, Minn., he met his wife of almost 65 years, Martha (Tremblay), in the church choir. They were married by her father on June 1, 1941. He was a family man, loving his daughter, Annetta, who proceeded him in death; his son, Ernest (Candy) of Carmel, Calif. and his son, Daniel (Kimberly) of Vancouver, Wash. That love extended to his grandchildren, Daniel and Annetta.

Digger was a good provider. Known as a jack of all trades he was master of most including carpentry, hardware sales, funeral director (hence the name Digger). He also was a musician. In 1945, the Scalbergs moved to Medford where he was employed in hardware retail. He retired in 1977 at the age of 59. Faithful to the church at Eastwood Baptist they joined in special mission efforts to the Disabled. Due to the special needs of his daughter, Annetta, he contributed much to the cause of the disabled in Jackson County serving as the first president of ARC and helping to create Living Opportunities.

To get away, the Scalbergs would travel throughout the western USA. Their travels often took them to Rainbow Acres, a ranch for the Disabled in Arizona.

Digger's Memorial service will be at Eastwood Baptist Church on Tuesday, April 11 at 2:00 pm. Memorials can be given to Eastwood Hospice, Living Opportunities, and/or ARC.