Jerald Verne Ferguson

Jerald Verne (Jerry) Ferguson, 67, of Butte Falls, died Aug. 3, 2008 at his home.

Mr. Ferguson was born Aug. 5, 1940, in Oregon City, Ore., to Charles Gatlin and Theresa Vena (Minor) Ferguson.

He graduated from Butte Falls High School in 1959 where he participated in all school activities including baseball and basketball. He attended Southern Oregon College from 1959 to 1960.

He served in the military and was stationed at fort Lewis, Wash. and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He was a cook and continued to enjoy cooking for the family after his tour of service ended.

Mr. Ferguson married Linda Lou Webster on June 9, 1962 in Reno, NV. She preceded him in death in 2002.

He worked the U.S. Forest Service in the Butte Falls Ranger District clearing trails until he was hired by Medford Corporation in 1962. He started as a choker setter, then became a cat skinner, a log scaler and eventually a timber faller, In 1992, he attended truck driving school and then worked for Ron Hailicka, Inc. driving a dump truck until he retired in 2006.

Mr. Ferguson was an active member of the Butte Falls community. He served on the city council and for 12 years he was a member of the District 91 School board. He enjoyed camping and hunting. His favorite hobby was woodcarving and the family proudly displays many of his creations.

He is survived by two sons, Brent Louis and Jared Davis, both of Butte Falls; a sister, Charleen Brown, also of Butte Falls; a brother, David Ferguson, of Bend, four granddaughters, two step-grandchildren, all of Butte Falls. He was preceded in death by his wife of Linda, his wife of 40 years, and his parents.

The service for Mr. Ferguson will be held Saturday, Aug. 9 at 1 p.m. at Butte Falls Community Bible Church

Arrangements by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives.

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