June 17, 1935 - December 25, 2017
Ashland native Gregg Lininger passed away at Asante Ashland Community Hospital on Christmas Day, his family by his side, his life well lived.
Gregg was born in the old Ashland Hospital June 17, 1935, the first child of Maurece and Earl Lininger. He enjoyed an early life surrounded by loving aunts, uncles, and two sets of grandparents all living in Ashland. He attended Washington Elementary School (later Briscoe), Lincoln Elementary School, and Ashland Junior High School (the site of the current Safeway store.)
Starting at age 12 Gregg spent weekends and summers working for M.C. Lininger and Sons, the family business. He rode in the back of a pickup truck to portable rock crushing sites at the top of the Green Springs, the Siskiyous, and further away for summer jobs. He worked with crew, slept in hotels, and realized the value of hard work.
At the same time he learned to love his hometown of Ashland, Lithia Park, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Ashland High School, where he found great success in his chosen sport – basketball. As the “Lithia Skyscraper” Gregg claimed conference honors and earned a scholarship to the University of Oregon where a broken arm ended his career the night before his first game.
Gregg joined the Phi Delta Theta fraternity when he started school in Eugene, a connection with friends that lasted until the last month of his life. The “Phis of the '50s” held frequent reunions, and Gregg made every effort to be part of their football trips, college tours, and storytelling.
Gregg joined the Army in 1956 when he learned he was about to be drafted. He spent two years in the Seattle area serving as a medic and a dental assistant. After his discharge he finished his B.S. degree at Southern Oregon College and started work as a sales representative for the Ideal Cement Company in Portland.
That’s where he met Beaverton High School English teacher Margie Meihoff. They married July 8, 1962, and moved to Ashland where Gregg joined M.C. Lininger and Sons, Inc. (now Knife River) and later became a part-owner and corporate officer. When he retired in 1990, he collaborated with Portland friends to create Cascade Concrete Products in Scappoose, Oregon. Gregg delighted in the growth of the company and celebrated its sale in January 2017.
The really important part of Gregg’s life was his family – son Tom, born May 17, 1966 and daughter Ann, born March 19, 1968. Gregg adored his children and family life, especially times spent at the Lake of the Woods in the family cabin. He would work all day in Central Point and then head to the lake so he could drive the boat for his kids to waterski. He traveled all over Southern Oregon watching his children play basketball, and he never missed a band concert or church program when his kids were involved. He extended that devotion to his grandchildren when they started playing sports and performing in school programs. All four grandkids enjoyed the attention of Grandpa Gregg from the bleachers and folding chairs of Oregon.
Gregg is survived by Margie, his wife of 55 years; son, Tom (Merle); daughter, Ann (David; grandchildren, Eli, Adam, Henry, and Julia; sister Nancy Milhoan; brother, Bud; aunts, Veneta Frey (Tom) and Pat Roberson; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Gregg’s family invites you to a celebration of his life at the First Presbyterian Church of Ashland Saturday, February 10 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers they suggest a contribution to the Ashland Community Hospital Foundation Comfort Care Room Project to honor the outstanding care Gregg received at the end of his life. Ashland Community Hospital Foundation, PO Box 98, Ashland, OR 97520.