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James E. Key

James E. Key

James E. Key, 75, died on April 6, 2007 at home in Medford, Ore., following a short bout with lung cancer.

Jim was born in 1931 in Indiana. He was the son of George Wesley Key and Bessie Key. He was raised in the area of Carmel, Westfield and Noblesville, Ind., and attended Anderson High School. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1950 and took basic training at Lackland AFB, Tex. He was trained as an aircraft mechanic and traveled extensively while a member of the military. His overseas assignments included Germany, Japan, Taiwan, Turkey, Viet Nam and Guam.

After retirement in 1979, he remained with his family in the San Bernadino, Calif. area for a year and then accepted employment at the Naval Plant Representative Office, Sunnyvale, Calif. He later was a quality control inspector and configuration management officer at Lockheed Missile and Space Company in Sunnyvale.

Jim graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1986 with a bachelor of science degree in aviation management.

Jim and Marianne were married in 1987 and moved to Medford in 1991. Expecting to find immediate employment he applied to several firms and was told in each case that he was over qualified. He then started his own business that he ran for two years. He sold the business and accepted employment as a security officer at Rogue Valley Medical Center where he worked until 2006. In Medford, Jim was on the City Planning Commission and City Council for many years.

He is survived by sons, Richard and Jeffrey, living in Guam, and Steven of Folsom, Calif.; his step-children Katherine Beach of Penngrove, Calif. and Stephen Goldsby of Hawthorne, Calif.; three sisters; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Special thanks go to the RVMC Hospice group. Susan, Mary Lou and Marsha made his last days much easier.

Contributions in Jim's memory can be made to the RVMC Hospice or charity of your choice.

A memorial service will be held at Perl Siskiyou Funeral Home, 2100 Siskiyou Blvd., Medford, OR at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2007.

James E. Key