Frank Jackson Richey

Frank Jackson Richey

We say good-bye to another WWII Veteran; Frank Jackson Richey, 83, of Sams Valley. He left this world on Friday,

December 7, 2007 at his home, surrounded by the love of his family. Services and a tribute to his life will be held Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. in the Conger~Morris Medford Chapel, 715 W. Main St.

He was born on July 4, 1924, in Auburn, Wash., to James and Audrey Richey. The Richeys moved to the Rogue Valley in the early 1930s. Frank graduated from Phoenix High in 1942. Upon graduating from high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He advanced to the rank of Torpedoman 2nd Class and was wounded in action when the USS Gregory (DD-802) was attacked and damaged by a kamikaze while on picket station off Okinawa. Frank also served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 1953.

Besides the military service to his country, Frank served in Law Enforcement with the Jackson County Sheriff's department, Sutherlin Police department, and as a Chief of Police for the cities of Phoenix, Riddle, and Falls City, Ore. He spent many years of his life in Public Service. In addition to his public service he was a master mechanic, worked on the Alaskan pipeline, in later years, a long-haul truck driver and dispatcher until retirement at 70 years of age.

In 1955 he married, Dona Fitzpatrick, together they raised six children; Cameron Richey, Patricia Sanders, Susan Richey, Enid Workman, William Richey, and Deloris Richey.

Frank began a new life, at the young age of 67, with Donna Ulrey and children ages — to 21. Frank loved his new family and became Papa to Trish Britt, Shane, Trent (Rocky), Windy, Justin, and Holly Ulrey. Frank had 12 children, 20 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren that he loved dearly and who loved him. He was a hero to his family and a good friend to all he knew. His favorite pastimes were

fishing, supporting his wife's barrel racing activities,

spending time with his family, like watching grandchildren, Billy or Shannon, in sporting events and discussing the week's professional wrestling matches with his grandson, Billy Richey Jr.

Along with Donna and the surviving children, Frank has one surviving older sister, Ethel Yost, age 94, of Medford.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, James and Audrey Richey; his brothers, Donald, Rubin, and Homer Richey; sister, Georgia Smith; his former wife, Dona; and his youngest daughter, Enid Workman.

Conger~Morris Funeral Directors are in charge of

arrangements, 772-7111.

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