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James Allen Tegner

James Allen Tegner

James Allen Tegner was born in Puyalup, Wash., on April 26, 1936. In his youth his family followed his father's work moving along the west coast from Crescent City, Gold Beach, even to Portland and Los Angeles.

He accepted Christ as his savior in his youth and was baptized in the Baptist church. His life was an example of honor, truth and steadfast strength in his values. He had one devoted brother, Howard, and a sister-in-law, Mary Tegner, who live in Salem.

James attended Oregon State University and graduated from Southern Oregon University in Education. During his college days in Ashland, he met and married Ella Beardsley. They raised four children who survive him, James, Robert, Susan and Laura. He also has three grandsons and three granddaughters.

He taught at Roosevelt Elementary for 31 years, assisting with coaching, Outdoor Ed, and Chess Club. He was a member of the Eagle and Moose Lodges.

In June of 1990, Jim retired and pursued his life passions of fishing, hunting and camping. He worked out at the gym every weekday when he was in town. In 1994, Jim became part of Kathyrn Rasor Flannery's family. He quickly won the hearts of the family members, sharing his enthusiasm for fun and his big hearty laugh. He and Kathy celebrated every day God gave them. She loved him with all her might and took care of him in sickness and in health. They loved to go to the Oregon coast to fish, crab or sight-see. They also took trips to Reno, a vacation to Maui and a cruise to Alaska. Jim was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in November of 2004. After two surgeries and chemotherapy, he regained his strength-so much so that during the summer of 2005 he was able to take a rafting trip on the Deschutes River, and that fall he got his first elk with a muzzleloader. January 4, 2006, he was hospitalized again, had another surgery and fought cancer until his death on Thursday, December 14, 2006.

His wife, Kathryn Flannery-Tegner, her children, Kelly, Stephanie and Adam and his two step-grandchildren along with many cousins, nephews and nieces also survive him. He taught us how to be strong and live with dignity. His wife, his family, and his friends will sorely miss Jim, but will have faith that, as he said, "It is well with my soul."

A memorial service will be held at Memory Gardens on Wednesday, December 20th, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. Reception following at Mountain Christian Fellowship.

James Allen Tegner