John Charles Preston Jr.

John Charles Preston Jr.

March 21, 1932 - May 2, 2018

John Charles Preston Jr., of Medford, Oregon passed away May 2, 2018. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 21, 1932 to John Charles Preston and Muriel Mable (Soyak) Preston.

John’s family moved to the Rogue Valley in 1942, where his mother worked as a secretary at Camp White during World War II. They then moved to Portland, where John attended Benson Boys High School.

At the age of 17, John’s father signed a release for him to join the Navy, where he became a machinist mate and served on the USS McCaffrey during the Korean War.

After his discharge in 1953 he moved to Albany, Ore. to work for the telephone company. It was here that he met his soul mate, Phyllis Miller. They married in July 1954 and stayed together for 63 years. They moved to Medford in 1956, and after he was laid off by the phone company, John was hired by Boise Cascade. After 35 years of employment with Boise, he proudly retired as superintendent of the power house.

Jack, as he was known to friends, loved his family and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.

John is survived by his wife, Phyllis; son, John (III) (Laverna), Medford; daughters, Shelley Freeman (Dean), Medford and Terry Preston, Prospect, Ore. In addition, there are seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

No services are planned. Inurnment will take place at the V.A. Eagle Point National Cemetery.

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