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James Pedrojetti

James "Jimmy" Pedrojetti

James Pedrojetti, 97, of Medford, Ore., passed away

Thursday,March 27, 2008 at Arbor Place.

James "Jimmy" Pedrojetti was born on January 1, 1911 in Centerville, Nev., of Swiss-Italian immigrants, Guiesseppe and Rosa Pedrojetti. he was raised on the family ranch. At age 15 he left home to help his family and worked in the gold and silver mines of Nevada. Later he worked as a truck driver and bus driver. In the late 1930s he moved to

Hawthorne, Nev., to work at the naval ammunition depot. After several years he left the ammunition depot and worked as an independent miner, owned and operated a shoe repair and sales business, worked at the El Capitan Casino as the head of the slot machine department, and owned a liquor store, Jimmy's Packaged Liquors. He later returned to the

ammunition depot until his retirement.

On September 16, 1940 he married Ruby Hammock in Reno, Nev., and celebrated 50 years of marriage before her death in 1990.

Jimmy Pedrojetti was a man who loved his family, his friends, which were many, his community of Hawthorne, Nev., and his Savior, Jesus Christ.

He served his community by serving two terms as County Commissioner, the housing authority of Mineral County, and was honored by being a Grand Marshal of the Armed Forces Day parade. Jimmy was also honored for being an old time favorite, middle-weight boxer in the roaring 1920s.

His beliefs in life were to work hard, always look at the good in people, and be thankful for every day the good Lord gives you. He never complained, and the secrets of a long life were to stay busy, tell stories of life's wonderful

memories, and finally, to drink one glass of red wine a day, not two. The final years of his life were spent with his son and family in Medford, Ore.

He is survived by his son, Joe Pedrojetti and wife, Frances of Medford; stepson, Jack Smith and wife, Maureen of Fort Worth, Texas; grandchildren, Jim Pedrojetti of Medford,

Lisa Hutchins of Medford, Gina Pedrojetti-Copper of

Scottsdale, Ariz., Steve Smith of Fort Worth, Texas,

Laurie Towner of Fort Worth, Texas, Mike Smith of

Victorville, Calif; and 11 great-grandchildren.

What a character he was, Heaven will not quite be the same.....

James Pedrojetti