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Lincoln 'Linc' Ekman

Lincoln “Linc” Ekman passed away December 22, 2015 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his family. He was born June 18, 1922 in St. Paul, Min. to Lincoln and Sylvia Bengston Ekman. He grew up in Rochester, Minn. and was active in Scouting and academics.

Linc joined the United States Air Force during World War II and was sent to the University of New York to study engineering, before being sent to Okinawa, Japan. After the war, he finished his degree and worked for Honeywell who sent him to study law and become their patent attorney. After his training, he realized that he wanted to teach and went back to school to earn a Ph.D. in education.

He retired from Macalester College in St. Paul as an Associate Professor. While there, he served as the school’s representative to the American Association of Colleges for Teacher’s Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher’s Education. Upon retirement, he became an adjunct Associate Professor at St. Mary’s University in Minnesota teaching statistics. He also served as a research advisor.

In 1995 he was invited to go on a trip to Israel with a church group from Medford. While on that trip, he was baptized in the Jordan River and met Wanda Peets. They were married June 14, 1997 and he moved to Medford, Ore. where he started a new life volunteering for the SMART program, tutoring teenage mothers at North Medford High School, serving as grandfather to a student at Roosevelt, and judging senior projects at Phoenix High School.

Having no children of his own, he became a stepfather to Melody Kolb, Susan Hummel, and Scott Peets and grandfather to seven children, great-grandfather to 11 children, and great-great-grandfather to four children. He loved each one dearly and is greatly missed.

Linc was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Joyce Davis; and his stepdaughter, Susan Hummel.

He was proud to be a veteran and one of the highlights of his life took place last May (2015) when Scott accompanied him on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C., to visit the World War II Memorial monument.

Interment will take place at 3:00 p.m., Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Eagle Point National Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Eastwood Baptist Church. The Rev. Dr. Randolph Miller and Rev. Jim Wilson will officiate. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Eastwood Memorial Fund and delivered to the family at the services.