Edward Angel Medina Sr.
November 13, 1935 - July 20, 2016
Edward "Ed" Medina Sr., 80, passed away July 20, 2016 at home with his family by his side. Ed was born November 13, 1935 to Luis and Rachel Medina in Yahualica, Mexico. Ed, his siblings, and mother emigrated to the United States when Ed was about 10. As a non-English-speaking child, Ed attended school and worked to help support the family. Work became a priority in Ed’s life at a very young age.
In 1958 Ed was called to serve his country for the U.S. Army during the Korean War , where he fulfilled his obligation honorably as a private in the infantry. Edward and Rose Marie were married May 6, 1961 in Eugene, Ore. and remained constant companions for over 55 years.
Ed found work in the plywood mills as a core layer, where he worked for many years. He laid core in mills from Colorado to California, and eventually settled back in Oregon. He retired from mill work while at Columbia Plywood in Klamath Falls in the mid-1980s. Edward and Rose Marie purchased many properties and built several businesses during their time, including the “Mountain View Mobile Home Park” in White City in the 1970s, and later the “Wheel Inn Motel” in Klamath Falls. Ed also owned and operated “A to Z Home Repair” in Klamath Falls for many years after retiring from the plywood mill. He was a true entrepreneur.
Ed loved his heritage and traveling to Mexico. He and Rose Marie purchased several properties in Mexico near the beach. They spent many winters in the Mexican sun improving their properties and enjoying time away from the snow in Klamath.
Anyone who knew Ed will tell you that no one worked harder than he at anything he put his mind to. He never missed an opportunity to help a friend or neighbor with a project. He truly loved to build and to create things with his hands for others to enjoy.
Ed was a man who enjoyed the simple things in life. He never asked for much. A warm, sunny day; a hot bowl of beans; and an occasional shot of tequila is all it took to make him happy. His exciting (and occasionally embellished) stories of exploring Mexico in search of buried treasure were always a welcome occurrence among family and friends. Only a privileged few got to tour his extensive collection of artifacts and memorabilia collected over a lifetime; some of his most prized possessions.
Ed also loved the Lord. He and Rose Marie were members of many churches through the years, and most recently found fellowship at the Heritage Church in Central Point. His faith was unwavering, and he lived his life true to the word of God. As we remember Ed, let us focus on his love of life, family, hard work, and the Lord. His laughter and ability to see the good in most any situation will always be admired and missed by us all.
Ed is survived by his wife, Rose Marie Medina; his sisters, Catalina, Nacia, and Theresa; children and spouses, Kathleen Hendry, Cynthia and Tom Ames, Edward and Catherine Medina Jr., Ricardo and Michele Medina; grandchildren, Necia, Thomas, Richard, Edward III, Nikkia, Angel, Daniel, Michael, and Ruby; and special friends, Tonnie and Ed Wortman. He is also survived by numerous great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; cousins; kin; and friends. Edward was preceded in death by his mother and father; brother, Louis Medina; and daughter, Angelina.
A memorial service and celebration of Ed's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. August 1, 2016 at Eagle Point National Cemetery; 2763 Riley Road, Eagle Point, Ore. A gathering of friends and family will follow with food and drinks.