Jack Wilson Love

Jack Wilson Love

April 21, 1923 - January 13, 2017

Longtime Rogue Valley resident, Jack Wilson Love, passed away January 13, 2017 in Great Falls, Montana. Jack was born April 21, 1923 at Levering Hospital in Hannibal, Missouri to Bertha Mae (Waldschlager) and William Washington Love. He grew up during the Great Depression and his childhood was shaped by the scarcity of the era and the development of a work ethic instilled by those hard times. Jack was educated in the public schools of Hannibal and worked as a soda jerk and pharmacy assistant at Kennedy Drug Store and Berking’s New London Drug Store throughout his youth. Under the careful influence of his Aunt Mayme, Jack became the first in his family to graduate from college, receiving his bachelor degree from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1943 at the age of 20.

With WWII raging while he was still in pharmacy school, Jack enrolled in the V-7 Naval Officer Training Program, which allowed him to complete college while preparing for service. Following his graduation, he attended Midshipmen School at the University of Notre Dame, received his commission, and following amphibious training at Coronado, California spent the duration of the war on Ulithi Atoll in the South Pacific.

At the end of WWII Jack was stationed at Naval Air Station St. Louis where he met the love of his life, Joey Hedden, a brilliant, bright-eyed Naval officer who worked in the personnel department at NAS St. Louis. Jack and Joey were married September 21, 1946.

After Jack was released from active duty, he worked as a pharmaceutical representative traveling throughout the upper Midwest and Northeast. In 1947, Jack and Joey moved to Joey’s hometown of Nampa, Idaho where they spent two years working, enjoying the Idaho outdoors, and getting to know the depth and breadth of Joey’s colorful Idaho families, the Heddens and the Callaways.

In 1949, Jack and Joey had their first son, Jack Jr., and soon moved to White City, Oregon, where Jack took the position of Chief of Pharmacy at the Veteran’s Administration Domiciliary. In 1951 their second son, Terry, was born. Jack retired from the VA in 1975 and he and Joey lived in their new home on the Rogue River near Eagle Point where they spent the next two decades gardening, entertaining, relishing Beebe Farms’ finest produce, and enjoying nights out dining and dancing at various Rogue Valley nightspots with their many beloved friends.

Jack and Joey remained side by side for over 50 years until Joey's death in 1997. Jack lived in the Rogue Valley for 65 years until declining health prompted his move to Great Falls, Montana in 2015.

Jack was devoted to his wife and country and displayed the irony, frugality, and “by the book” Navy mentality that the Great Depression and service in WWII could shape. Jack was a proud member of the Greatest Generation and was respected for his intellect, uncanny memory, and willingness to help strangers and neighbors alike. Jack took great pride in his children and grandchildren and was always in awe at the three generations that would periodically gather around him at birthday parties, family visits, and holidays. Jack was deeply loved and his wit, humor, and sparkling blue eyes will be greatly missed.

Jack is survived by his sons, Jack Wilson Love Jr. of Great Falls, Montana and Edward Terry Love of Eugene, Ore.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place. Graveside services will be held later this spring when Jack will be interred next to Joey at Eagle Point National Cemetery.

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