Thomas R. Antley, 90, of Eugene, Ore., passed away following a stroke and age related organ failure on April 10, 2012. He was born August 30, 1921, in Orangeburg, S.C., to Thomas and Agnes Antley.
Thomas graduated and worked the family farm until joining the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1937 and moved to Copper, Ore., where he fought fire and built roads to Forest Service ookouts. In 1940, he joined the Navy and served in World War II in the Philippines on a PBY Navy Bomber, as a radioman and twin .50 cal gunner. Thomas was awarded two Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1944-45.
In August 1944, Thomas married Flossie Eugenia (a.k.a. Jean) Hughes. Jean and Tom were childhood sweethearts and grew up on adjacent farms in Cope, S.C. They were married 65 years and had two sons, Thomas Jr. and Mike. They moved to the Ruch area after the war and then to Medford. Thomas worked for Walker Radio and Timber Products in Medford, Oregon, where he retired. Jean passed in May 2010.
With retirement, they divided their time among properties in Yuma, Brookings, Medford, and a mountain cabin he built. Thomas loved to do maintenance on his cabin, moving and replanting trees, cutting fire wood and keeping the road maintained. He and Jean spent many a day on their boat catching salmon and snapper to can and give to neighbors. He also enjoyed growing and giving away tomatoes and garlic in the latter years. Tom loved spending time with family and great-grandkids, reading his Bible, and was a life long member of the N.R.A. He loved his Lord Jesus with his whole heart and enjoyed going to church and hearing God's word.
Thomas is survived by his sons, Thomas Jr., of Brookings, Ore. and Mike (Leslie), of Eugene, Ore.; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to any local Hospice.