Gerald Gary E. Adkins was born in Phoenix, Ore., in 1933, to Chet W. and Ella E. (Glover) Adkins. He and his brother,
Ronald, lived a small boy's dream life in small towns and logging camps, going for rides in their dad's logging truck,
chasing chipmunks and swimming in mill ponds.
After the family moved back to the Rogue Valley, he attended Medford schools. Gary graduated from Medford High in 1953. In 1954, he and his high school sweetheart, Joan Fink, were married, but it was only three weeks later that Gary received his greetings from the Navy, and was off to boot camp in San Diego, Calif. Bremerton was his next Navy stop, and it was there that Monte, their son, was born. After Gary's Navy duty, they moved back to Medford where their son, Mark, was born. They built their home in the Westwood area 50 years ago. Gary was employed in the food industry for most of his working life, the last 18 years with Reser's Foods as a salesman, driver, and regional manager.
Gary was a hard-working, quiet and honest man who loved and took good care of his sons and wife. He dearly loved his three granddaughters, grandson, and great-grandmother. Gary was also a loyal friend. He had a passion for being in the hills, and enjoyed hunting with his Weatherby, cutting wood, and fishing at the lakes. He was often teased with the nickname, Gary Green, because most of what he owned was dark green in color. His pickup, boat, boat trailer and camper were all Gary green.
Gary's days ended at Roxy Ann Memory Center and his
family would like to thank them immensely for their
kindness and care.
He is survived by his wife, Joan; sons, Monte (Ilene), and Mark; granddaughters, Erinn Franks (Sierra), Carrie and
Stefini; grandson, Christopher; great-granddaughter, Maggie; brother, Ronald (Arlene); niece, Vicki (Bill); nephew, Gary (Jeanette); aunt, Barbara (Dick) Hall; and many beloved
A memorial service will be held at Conger~Morris Medford on Friday, January 28, 2011, at 10 a.m. A reception will
follow. All are welcome. Gary's ashes will later be placed at the Eagle Point National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, the
Parkinson's Association or Providence Hospice. Thank you.