William "Bill" Link, 84, of Eagle Point, died Feb. 15, 2009 of natural causes at his residence.
Mr. Link was known as the "Hard Rock" of Panther Crushing Company, Inc., and as the "Great Host" of fine dining and entertainment at the Shenandoah Inn and Mon Desir restaurants.
Born Nov. 28, 1924, in Slippery Rock, Penn., he was the youngest of six
children born to David and Lois (Stine) Link. He was the son of a
German dairy farmer and learned what hard work was at an early age.
his school years, he served in the military during WWII. After the
military, Mr. Link spent most of his time building, developing and
selling various businesses, which included a coal stripping operation,
saw mills, taverns, restaurants and rock crushing. He spent the last 31
years as the owner and operator of Panther Crushing Company, Inc.
loved the outdoors and enjoyed being out on his D8-dozer, being able to
take control of land and develop it. He used his D-8 like it was an
artist’s paint brush and the earth his canvas. He spent many evenings
watching the wildlife around his home. He was a lifetime member of the
Masonic Lodge in Medford.
The "Hard Rock" will be sadly
missed. He is survived by his children; Billie Christy, of Penn.,
Marsha Walker, of Vancouver, Wash., David W. Link, of Eagle Point,
Elzada Beck of Vancouver, Wash., and Tammy Hayes, of Oakland, Ore., six
grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, two brothers, Howard Link and
Herb Link, of Butler, Penn. He was preceded in death by two brothers
and one sister.
The service for Mr. Link was held Saturday, Feb. 21 at Memory Gardens Funeral Home.
Arrangements by Memory Gardens Mortuary.