William Burtis Hassenpflug, 80, formerly of Eagle Point, died at his Medford residence on July 27, 2007.
He was born on Dec. 1, 1926 in Ipswich, S.D., to Alva Lee and Harriet Hassenpflug.
He joined the Army in 1946, following high school graduation. He served in Germany during WWII, receiving the Army of Occupation medal and the Germany victory Medal.
Upon returning to Ipswich, he married his high school sweetheart,
Elizabeth (Betty) Louise Artz, on Oct. 28, 1948. They started their
married life on the Hassenpflug family farm where three of their five
children were born. A fire destroyed their home in May of 1956 and in
October of that year the family moved to southern California where Mr.
Hassenpflug began a long and successful career in construction with Guy
F. Atkinson. He retired as a foreman in 1981.
He was a
long-time member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of
America and a member of the Long Beach Elks Lodge. While in Long Beach,
he was active in Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church. He and his wife
were members of the St. Christopher’s Guild.
The couple moved to Eagle Point in 1982 and to Medford in 1995.
was disabled at an early age and spent much of his life in pain, but
always had a good word, a laugh or thumbs up for everyone. He was a
strong, honest man and taught his family to be the same.
addition to his wife, he is survived by his five children.; Roger
Hassenpflug of Medford, BJ Taylor of Talent, Jeanne Barbara of Medford,
Mary Beth Buonassissi of Medford and David Hassenpflug of Medford., 11
grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister and a sister, Hazel Krause.
memorial mass will be held at Shepherd of the Valley Catholic Church in
Central Point at 12 n on Aug. 6, followed by a private burial at the
Eagle Point National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to National Foundation for Transplants (NFT), 5350 Poplar Ave.,
Suite 430, Memphis, TN, 38119, Attn: NFT Oregon Bone Marrow Fund c/o