Louis “Luke” Biden

Former Prospect, Ore. Businessman, Louis “Luke” Biden, died Sept. 7, 2010 at Rogue Valley Medical Center, due to complications from a stroke.

Luke was born at home in Medford, Ore., on July 9, 1913, to Maitland Biden and Hattie Salter. He moved to Prospect when he about the age of 12, with his mother and step-father, Frank Salter. He attended both Medford and Prospect schools.

He married Marjorie Tucker on May 31, 1941, in Reno, Nev. Together in Prospect during the late 1940s, they started Louis Biden Logging, which included road building. Later they built and ran Mill Creek Falls Café and Mountain Home Mobile Village and Laundromat. The logging business was sold in 1976 and he retired from business.

Luke was a lifetime member of the Prospect Lions Club and Medford Elks Club. His interests included travel, trap shooting fly-fishing and duck and goose hunting.

The family would like to thank the many people in Prospect who helped Luke stay in Prospect until he was 96 years old. Special thanks to Donna Andresen and Itol Downing, who helped with his care in the last years.

Luke was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Maitland “Manzie” and Stanford Biden; and his wife of 51 years, Marjorie. He is survived by daughter, Beth (Terry) Gardner; grandsons, Jeff (Lourie) Gardner and Steve Gardner and three great-grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Luke’s name to the Prospect Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 32, Prospect, OR 97536. The funeral service and celebration of life was held Sept. 11 at Memory Gardens. Entombment was at Memory Gardens Mausoleum.

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