Medford resident Edward Truesdell, beloved husband, father, grandpa, great grandpa, great-great grandpa, uncle, brother and retired WWII Navy vet will turn 100 years old July 31.
Truesdell was born July 31, 1917, in Silver Creek, Washington. When he was a year old, the family moved to Centralia, Washington, where his younger brother was born. Both boys grew up on their grandfather's dairy farm with their parents. Their grandfather, Doc, was the first dentist in Centralia and was an avid horse and buggy racer.
Truesdell joined the Navy in October 1935. While home on leave for his brother's graduation, he met Dorothy Jeanne Southwick at the local soda shoppe. When she saw him, she told him she was going to marry him, and the rest is history.
Edward and Dot were married for 73 years and were blessed with four children: Larry, born in 1940, passed away in 1991. Ken, born in 1946, lives in Washington. Leigh born in 1948, lives in Oregon, and Debi, born in 1954, lives in Southern California.
Truesdell served 20 years in the Navy, but it was broken service, meaning he served, then spent time in the civilian world, then rejoined. During the early 1950s, he owned a gas station on Main Street in Centralia. After he sold the station he worked at Greystone in Centralia, then rejoined the service in 1962 and was stationed throughout Southern California. Ed retired in 1971 as a chief petty officer and he and Dot moved to Medford to be closer to Dot's youngest brother Joseph Daniel Southwick and his family.
After moving to Medford, Edward worked for a time at Montgomery Ward and Lemacks.
Around 1978, Edward and Dot decided to do some traveling for a few years. They landed in Yuma, Arizona, and wound up staying there for 14 years, again near her little brother and his wife, Donna Joanne. In 1993, they moved back to Southern Oregon and lived in Jacksonville until 1999, they then moved to Medford.
Dot passed away in 2014, and Edward moved into Fountain Plaza Retirement in Medford in 2015.
The family is planning a get-together for Edward July 31 at Fountain Plaza for lunch and cake to celebrate his centennial birthday.