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James and Evelyn Midwood

James "Dick" and Evelyn Midwood

On Sunday, July 25, 2010, James went to join his wife of 46 years, Evelyn, who passed away July 12, 2009.

Dick was born on September 12, 1934, in Bend, Ore. After high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force, November 1952, serving in Korea. He was discharged in November 1956.

In Medford, Ore., he met a lovely barmaid/waitress, in a red dress. He knew he was going to marry the girl in the red dress, and he did. On January 13, 1964, they were married in Fallon, Nev.. He worked for the freight company ONC, transferring to Portland in 1979 when the company changed hands, returning home to Medford in 1987.

Evelyn was born May 18, 1935, in Fallon, Nev. She grew up and went to school in Phoenix, Ore., with life-long friend, Barbara Shugart. Not one to leave things unfinished, she received her GED in 1972. Evelyn worked for many restaurants and nightclubs throughout her life, in both Medford and Portland, Ore; The 21 Club, the Hiway Club & Restaurant, the Bo-Club, Mr. C's Hippopotamus and the Mallory Hotel in Portland, Ore. She was on several local women's bowling leagues that went to the state tournament level. She was a volunteer for the March of Dimes helping to organize the first walk-a-thon in Medford with the help of Ken Mainwaring.

From 1996 until retiring in 2005, Dick and Evelyn both worked at the South Medford Burger King. Dick worked with the broiler and Evelyn, the counter, but mostly she was "the drive through lady." At one time they owned the Spot Tavern, on Riverside Avenue.

Both were volunteers for Dogs for the Deaf. They adopted their beloved chihuahua, Chief, when he didn't quite qualify for their program. Now the three of them have been reunited.

Survivors include children, James (Sandy) L. Midwood, Arthur (Kate) Midwood, Carla (Bill) Vidaurri, and Kelly (Kevin) Gray; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and former son-in-law Glenn (Tina) Archibald, Jr.

Survivors for James include sister, Francis (Ed) Nevills; brother, Gary Midwood; and several nieces and nephews. Survivors for Evelyn include brother, Jim Freeman; sisters, Ella Verschoor, Marcella (Roger) Blackburn; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to: Dogs for the Deaf, 10175 Wheeler Road, Central Point, Ore., 97502.

An Open House to celebrate their lives will be held August 14, 2010, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at 434 Hayes Avenue, Medford, Ore. 97501. Call 541-772-5976 for directions.

James and Evelyn Midwood