Felix Joseph Petko

Felix Joseph Petko, 92, of Shady Cove, died May 1, 2009.
He was born Dec. 10, 1916 in Dracut, Mass., to Martin and Nastazia (Buenocevich) Petkovich. He later shortened his name to Petko.
He developed a great work ethic at an early age when he left home after church one Sunday and "rode the rails" to find farm work during the beginning of the depression. He worked various farm labor jobs until joining the U.S. Navy in WWII. He spent 30 years in the Navy and served in three wars: WWII, Korea and Vietnam.  He met his first wife, Clayda Erna Town, also enlisted, in the post library where she worked. They later married and had two children. She preceded him in death in 1981.

In 1995, he married Virginia L. Brown, who survives. After his miliary
career, Mr. Petko went to work in the optics division of the Long Beach
Naval Shipyard. In 1969, he moved to Shady Cove and purchased Roguedale
Cash Market. He was mechanically inclined and loved to fix things so
the market eventually evolved into Roguedale Fix-it Shop where he sold
and repaired chain saws and small engines. In 1983, he bought the
adjacent corner service station which was the Shady Cove Exxon. He
finally retired in 1989.
In the 1970s and 80s Mr. Petko was
involved in the Shady Cove community as acting mayor. And he served on
the City Council and planning commission. In 1972 he and four others
helped incorporate the City of Shady Cove.  Mr. Petko was a member of
the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and White Shrine and he was also a
lifetime member of Eastern Star. He received two Hiriam Awards, one
from the Shady Cove Masonic Lodge and one from the Central Point Lodge.
He was an active member of the Upper Rogue Grange where he served as
In addition to his wife, Virginia, he is survived
by a daughter, Peggy Petko-Long, of Palm Desert, Calif.; a son, Bruce
Petko, of Shady Cove; three step-children, Wayna Fawcett, Jereal Brown
and Philburn Brown, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
funeral service for Mr. Petko was held May 7 at the Scottish Rite
Temple. Graveside services with military honors followed at Hillcrest
Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary.

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