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Blaine Mancil Coldwell

Blaine Mancil Coldwell of Central Point, Ore., passed away October 29, 2011, with his family at his side. He was born March 12, 1922, in Pottawattami County, Iowa, to Grady and Ada Coldwell.

Blaine married Lois Miller on November 20, 1943, in Davis, Calif. He moved to Talent, Ore., in 1947 and later settled in Ashland, Ore., where he and Lois raised their children. In 1984, after retirement, he and Lois moved to Brookings where they enjoyed deep sea fishing, home building and gardening.

Blaine entered the Army on July 5, 1943, as a Tec 4 radio operator and served in the Western Philippines and Japan. He was awarded the Bronze Arrowhead for the Luzon Invasion, six Battle Stars and the Good Conduct Medal. Blaine left the Army on January 11, 1946.

Blaine worked as a driver for the United Grocers for 25 years and was awarded the first Safe Driving award. He was a member of Teamsters, Ramblin RV'ers, and the Elks club.

Blaine is survived by his sister, Mona Ziegler, of Eugene, Ore.; his children, Ross and Bobbe Coldwell, Michel and Steve Jones, Jay and Melody Coldwell, Dana and Ed Gilman; grandchildren; and great grandchildren.

A Veterans Honorary service will be held on November 4, 2011, 10:00 a.m., at the V.A. National Cemetery.