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Charles Everett McCormick

Charles Everett McCormick

November 13, 1919 - January 11, 2006

Charles (Mack) McCormick transitioned on Wednesday, January 11, 2006. Mack died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes. He was 86 years old and living in Reno, Nevada with his daughter, Anna McCormick.

Mack was a resident of Medford, Oregon since 1938. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, raised in Kentucky and escaped to Oregon as soon as his wallet would allow. He loved Oregon and made it his home because it was in his heart, his soul and his blood.

Mack served our country in WWII. He went overseas to the Philippines and New Guinea. He was a decorated soldier and a proud veteran of the United States Army. He served from July, 1943 to December, 1945 and received four medals of honor in that time.

Mack loved the outdoors. In fact, he made his living that way. He was a logger for years. He worked for Joe Hearin, Lee Harding, and Lee Dickerson when he retired. He built roads and operated heavy equipment most of his life. He was called out of retirement many times for his expertise on the mountainsides of Oregon and Northern California. He helped to build a lot of the roads that we drive on today.

He loved to fish and hunt. He was an avid CB/Ham radio operator, his handle was Sampson. He loved to laugh, he loved a good joke, a good drink, and a good woman beside him. We will miss him dearly. His smile lit up our world.

He was a 55 year member of the Masonic Lodge and a long time member of the VFW.

His parents, Tomph and Mattie McCormick; siblings, Keith, Paul, Nellie, and Irene; his life partner, Linda Pearson; his love; Vera Mae Jones; and his granddaughter; Patricia Davis of Reno, Nevada preceded him in death.

Daughters, Barbara Barry of Roseburg, Ore., Charlene Suire of Portland, Ore., Vickie Humphrey of Amboy, Minn., and Anna McCormick of Reno, Nev.; stepchildren, Rick Hunsley of Central Point, Ore., Rhonda Russell of Salem, Ore.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren, survive him.

The funeral will be held on Saturday, September 2, 2006 at the Warren Masonic Lodge #10, 5 Oregon & W. California in Jacksonville, Oregon at 10:00 a.m.

The family requests that donations be sent to: Veterans Guest House, 880 Locust St., Reno, NV 89502, in lieu of flowers.

Charles Everett McCormick