Former Alaska resident James E. Dedrick Sr. died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004, at his home in Medford, Ore., after a long illness. He was 75.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 1, at Medford Neighborhood Church, 1819 Stewart Ave., in Medford. He will be cremated and his ashes will be spread in the Kenai River at Cunningham Park in Kenai on June 25.
Mr. Dedrick was born to Harvey and Clellah Dedrick in Ithaca, N.Y., on June 25, 1929. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1946 to 1949.
He married Anita Barber on Oct. 14, 1950, in Harford Mills, N.Y. They had seven children and moved the family to Alaska in August 1964.
Mr. Dedrick pursued his passion for flying and received his pilot's license in 1965 for land and sea. He flew three airplanes to Alaska from the Lower 48 between 1969 and 1984.
While in Alaska, Mr. Dedrick was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of Eagles Aerie No. 3235, the Shriners, Jesters Court 182 and the Carpenters Union Local 1281 in Anchorage, from which he retired in 1987 and moved to Medford.
Mr. Dedrick was preceded in death by his father, Harvey; mother, Clellah; stepfather, Gordon Crump; son, Donnie; and infant grandsons, James III and Jamie.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Anita; sons, Gary and James Jr. of Medford, Dale of Lee, Mass., Keith of Wasilla, and Robert of Kenai; daughter, Rebecca of Kenai; brother, Perry of Sacramento, Calif.; sister, Mary Hickey of Tampa, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many extended family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice of Rouge Valley Medical Center, 2825 E. Barnett Road, Medford, OR 97504.
Arrangements made by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives.
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