Roland Lawrence Dow, 82, passed away August 15, 2012, surrounded by family at his home in Medford, Ore.
Roland was born to Lela Roberts Dow and Grant Dow, November 30, 1929, in Prineville, Ore. He was the oldest of eight living children. The Dow family were early pioneers of the Willamette Valley, with Roland's great-grandfather arrving in Oregon prior to 1848, and his grandmother arriving in 1851. His grandfather came around the horn of South America by sailing ship and his grandmother came across the Plains by wagon train in 1851. His mother's family were early pioneers of the Central Oregon area.
He spent the first 11 years of his life in the Central Oregon area and, in 1941, moved to Summit, Ore., where he attended a two room school, with four classes in each room. He then attended Philomath High School, leaving in his senior year to join the Army Air Corp, later the U.S. Air Force. He spent three years in the service, being discharged as a sergeant.
Roland then attended Columbia Business Institute in Portland, Ore., where he studied railroad telegraphy and accounting. In 1951, he became employed as a telegrapher in Ashland, Ore. He then advanced to a wire chief's position in Dunsmuir, Calif., and later became a train dispatcher. He ended his railroad career as a claims agent in 1962, and started his own investigation business in Los Angeles, Calif., specializing in accident cases for plaintiff's personal injury attorneys. He returned to Oregon in 1978 where he was involved in the ready mix concrete business in Medford and Klamath Falls, Ore.
He leaves his wife of 64 years, Joan; sons, Larry (Janet), of Tucson, Ariz., and Barry (Lynn), of La Crescenta, Calif.; and a daughter, Stacy, of Medford, Ore. In addition, Joan and Roland were blessed with three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Both Joan and Roland were quite proud of the fact that they had visited every state in the Union, and had actually played golf in every state that they had visited. In additon, they visited 60 or more foreign countries.
In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations be made to a favorite charity.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 25, 2012, 2:00 p.m., at the the Rogue Valley Country Club, 2660 Hillcrest Road, Medford, OR 97504.