James D. Love, 85, died of cancer at his home along the banks of the Rogue River in Trail on Aug. 18, 2009.
He was born in Portland, Ore., on Sept. 28, 1923 to William J. (Speed) Love and Bessie B. Land. His mother died when Jim was just five years old. His father remarried in 1942 to Martha (Mart) Saunders Komp.
After graduating from Taft High School on the Oregon Coast, Mr. Love began working for Pacific NW Bell Telephone in Portland. In March of 1943, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard and served during WWII until May of 1946. He married Lily L. Herbranson on Mar. 9, 1946 in Yuma, Ariz. And soon after they moved to Portland, where he resumed his work with “Ma Bell.” In 1961, the family moved to Bend and on 1968, they moved to Medford. In 1975, they made their final move to their property in Trail. Mr. Love retired from the phone company in 1979 after 38 years of service. He and his wife, Lil, began their travels all over the west from Canada to Mexico.
He loved fishing, hunting deer and elk with his sons, planting his garden, going to Reno with his wife and playing Keno, and just spending time with friends, especially Fletch and Tom, and his sons in the “barn” at his home.
Mr. Love is survived by his sons, John D. (Sharon) of Eagle Point, Ron (Patty) of Talent; daughter, Susie (Don) of Eagle Pont, and five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lil, and his brothers, Bill and Bob Love.
He was laid to rest next to Lil at the Eagle Point National Cemetery on Aug. 24.