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Jean M. Cline

Jean M. Cline

Jean M. Cline, formerly of Medford, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2006, in Springfield, Oregon. He was 87 years old.

Mr. Cline was born September 15, 1918, in Pike County, Ohio, to Herman and Flaun Cline. A life of service to God, and his fellow man would be his.

Mr. Cline worked as a farmer until he was to serve his country in the US Army. While stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., he met and married Ruth Ellen Joy. They would stay married for 63 years, until his passing. In the Army he was a member of the 749th Tank Battalion, which would become part of the historic US 3rd Army under the command of General George S. Patton Jr. In command of a Squad of Tanks, he was to be decorated on the battlefields of Europe with three Bronze Stars awarded for valor and bravery under enemy fire. He was also to be awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received in a ferocious battle with the German Army at Looneville, France. After his discharge with honors from the Army, Jean would enter the medical field.

In 1964, Jean moved his family to the Rogue Valley where he would live until March of 2006. He was employed for many years at Rogue Valley Medical Center in the Special Studies department. An avid fisherman, Jean could frequently be found at his beloved Howard Prairie Reservoir, or on the ocean out of Brookings.

Jean served as a volunteer to Mercy Flights Air Ambulance. A pilot himself, Jean never turned down a call to pick up a patient anywhere, no matter the time of the night, or the conditions, he would go if called.

Jean was a long time member of the Medford Seventh Day Adventist Church where he served on numerous church boards and committees. He also served as Head Elder. In addition, Jean headed up the Food Bank at Community Services for years, working in conjunction with ACCESS. He never turned anyone aside in their time of need.

Funeral services for Mr. Cline were held on Thursday, June 29, 2006 at Springfield Memorial Funeral Home. The service was officiated by Pastor Blaine Fults of the Springfield Seventh Day Adventist Church. Interment at Springfield Memorial Gardens followed a full military honors graveside service.

A memorial service is planned for Medford so his many friends and those he helped can say goodbye. That service will be held Saturday, July 22, 2006, at 4:00 p.m. in the Medford Seventh Day Adventist Church on Greenwood Ave., with Pastor Floyd Breese officiating.

Mr. Cline is survived by his wife, Ruth, of Springfield, Ore.; and his sister, Edna, of Columbus, Ohio. In addition, his daughter Terressa Hubbard, of Springfield, Ore.; sons, Douglas of Pilot Rock, Ore., Dean of New Mexico; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, and seven brothers and sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jean's name to ACCESS, P.O. Box 4666, Medford, Ore., 97501 and to — ABN, P.O. Box 220, West Frankfort, IL., 62896.