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Joseph Henry Kantor

Joseph Henry Kantor, 60, of Medford, Ore., passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at home, surrounded by family. He was born on November 2, 1950, at Ashland Hospital, the son of the late Henry and Shirley Kantor.

Joe grew up in Fern Valley, Ore., where he attended Phoenix High School, and graduated in 1969. During his youth, he and his friends had a passion for racing motorcycles and traveled throughout the Northwest competing together. As he entered his twenties, he began learning the construction trade. After working for a few local contractors, he decided that it was time to venture out on his own and became licensed himself. In his twenties and thirtie,s he developed his craft, building homes throughout the Rogue Valley and Alaska.

Above his passion for business was his true love and devotion for his two children, Ryan and Kacie. At the age of 53, he was diagnosed with stage four kidney cancer and given three months to live. Faced with the thought of leaving his children behind, along with his determination and will to live, he decided that there had to be another option. After an unadvised surgery to remove his kidney and many other cancerous tumors, Joe was selected to be a part of a new clinical trial in Canton, Ohio. At the conclusion of that trial, he traveled monthly to the Clevelend Clinic for his care. With the help of the Cleveland Clinic, the leading kidney cancer research hospital in the nation, Joe was able to help bring new cancer medications and a clinical trial to the Rogue Valley.

Joe is survived by his two children, Ryan and Kacie; sister, Marilyn; and brother, Kenny. His service will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2011, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on 10th and Oakdale in Medford, Oregon, at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you support the Cleveland Clinic's Cancer Research, and bring a donation to the funeral service, or mail your donation written to "Cleveland Cancer Research," Joe Kantor P.O. Box 460, Medford, OR 97501.

The family would also like to invite you to write down your favorite memory or story of a time you shared with Joe. They will be collected at the funeral, or they can be mailed to the above address.