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Sherman Alexander Lynch Jr.

Sherman Alexander Lynch, Jr.

The Funeral Mass for Sherman Alexander Lynch, Jr., will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009 at Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church, 987 Hillview Drive, Ashland. Interment will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Hill-Dunn Cemetery, Ashland.

A viewing will be at the Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home on Monday, Aug. 10, 2009 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. A Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church.

Sherman "Buddy" Lynch passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 5, 2009 with his daughter, Maggie, by his side.

He was born in Washington, DC on March 7, 1922 to Sherman A. Lynch Sr. and the former Anna E. Huchthausen. He was raised in Ajo, Ariz.; served 20 years in the U.S. Navy and retired in 1961 to a small farm in Ashland, Ore.

He married Nancy Faye Willis, on June 20, 1947 in Fort Worth, Texas. She preceded him in death on Dec. 28, 1993. During his Navy career in aviation electronics, they lived in Memphis, Tenn., from 1947 to 1952, San Diego, Calif., for the next 18 months, where he served with the Lighter Than Air Corp (Blimps), then on Ford Island in Oahu, Hawaii for the next four years. He fought and served during both World War II (Pacific Fleet) and the Korean War. They finished out his service career in Fremont, Calif. In spring of 1961, they moved to Ashland, Ore.

After retirement from the Navy, Sherman earned a B.S in education from Southern Oregon College in 1963. He later finished up a masters in the education field. For the next 12 years he taught at Sacred Heart in Medford, Central Point, Butte Falls and for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the western Alaskan bush.

In 1970, after Nancy earned a degree in education, they went north to western Alaska where they both taught in the Alaskan bush for five years with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, returning to Ashland permanently in 1975.

When he wasn't farming, he and Nancy were traveling the United States in their R.V. researching family genealogy and exploring national historic sites.

He loved family, farming, dancing (including square dancing), playing clarinet in Jazz Bands, genealogy, community activities and passing the time with friends over a cup of coffee and a doughnut.

Survivors include sons, Sherman Alexander Lynch, III, of Salt Lake City, Utah, Robert Glenn Lynch, of Monona, Wisc.; daughters, Nancy Lynch Patzer, of Poulsbo, Wash., Margaret Maggie Lander, of Ashland, Ore., and Thora Kaye Bowen, of Portland, Ore.; brother, Robert Earl Lynch, of Sparks, Nev.; sister, Martha Louise Womack, of Eureka/Fortuna, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Dad had a lifelong passion for trains. Those who wish, may make memorial contributions to the Southern Oregon Live Steamers Club, c/o Irma Bowden; 283 Standford Way; Grants Pass, OR. 97527 or to his second passion, the Medford Jazz Jubilee, PMB 201, 221 N. Central, Medford, OR 97501.

Sherman Alexander Lynch Jr.