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Howard William Terry

Howard W. Terry, 85, of Medford, Ore., passed away Friday, May 4, 2012, at the home of his daughter, Lani Amberg, in Grants Pass, Ore., with his loving wife, Wilma and family at his side.

Howard was born in Denver, Colo., March 24, 1927, to Frank and Grace Terry. He and his wife, Wilma, recently moved back to Medford from Ventura, Calif. He attended school in Colorado and enlisted in the U.S. Navy to serve his country in the Asiatic Pacific war zone during World War II, including the Philippine Liberation. He served on five different naval war ships from August 1944 to January 1948. After being honorably discharged, he met and married Wilma in April 1948, with whom he recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.

He worked most of his life in the homebuilding industry where he was well known for his craftsmanship and finish work, building and finishing numerous beautiful custom homes in Southern California and Southern Oregon,

primarily in the Ashland and Medford areas.

Howard loved life and he loved people. He enjoyed studying God's Word, fishing, gold panning, traveling, movies, and spending time with his family and his dog, Daisy.

His favorite vacation was spent in Italy in 2005, with his wife, Wilma; daughter and son-in-law, Lani and Art Amberg; and granddaughters, Tania Tong and Candice Irwin; where they visited Rome, Tuscany, Venice, and various places


Howard is survived by his wife, Wilma; two sisters, Frankie Kemmerer, of Golden, Colo., and Patricia Wilson, of Denver, Colo.; two daughters, Lani Amberg, of Grants Pass, Ore., and Laura Groebel, of Ventura, Calif.; six grandchildren, Tania Tong, of Medford, Ore., Danny Kenoyer, of Gardena, Calif., Candice Irwin, of Medford, Ore., Jessica Douwes, of Carmel Valley, Calif., Tyler Simpson, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Sean Jessel, of Ventura, Calif.; four great-grandchildren, Savannah Julian, of Portland, Ore., and Sierra Vivas, Andrew Vivas, and Nathan Douwes, all of Carmel Valley, Calif.; as well as

numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his precious daughter,

Christine Terry Martinook, in 2010.

Howard is to be buried at the Eagle Point National Cemetery, May 14, 2012, at 1:00 p.m., with a memorial service


Howard William Terry