William D. Link

William D. Link

William "Bill" D. Link

William "Bill" D. Link, long term business man and resident of Jackson County, passed away of natural causes at his home on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, at the age of 84. He is known as the "Hard Rock" of Panther Crushing Company, Inc., and as the "Great Host" of fine dining and entertainment at the Shenandoah Inn and The Mon Desir' restaurants.

Born Nov. 28, 1924, in Slippery Rock, Penn., he was the youngest of six children born to David and Lois (Stine) Link. He was the son of a German dairy farmer and learned what hard work was at an early age. After his school years, William (Bill) served a stint in the military during WWII. After the military, William (Bill) spent most of his time building, developing, and selling various businesses which included, a coal stripping operation, saw mills, taverns, restaurants, and rock crushing. He spent the last 31 years as the owner and operator of Panther Crushing Company, Inc.

He loved the outdoors and enjoyed being out on his D8-dozer. He enjoyed being able to take control of the land and develop it. He used his D-8 dozer like it was an artist's paint brush and the earth was his canvas. He spent many evenings watching the wildlife around his home. William (Bill) was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge, Medford, OR.

The "Hard Rock" will sadly be missed. He is survived by his children, Billie Christy, of Penn., Marsha Walker, of Vancouver, Wash., David W. Link, of Eagle Point, Ore., Elzada Beck, of Vancouver, Wash., and Tammy Hayes, of Oakland, Ore.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Howard Link and Herb Link, of Butler, Penn. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. Service will be held at Memory Gardens Funeral Home, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, at 12:00 p.m. Arrangements by Memory Gardens Funeral Home.

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