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John Radmore

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August 13, 1924 - December 15, 2012

JOHN CONLEY RADMORE, 88, a resident of Dallas, Oregon died Saturday, December 15, 2012. He was born on August 13, 1924, in Provo, Utah, to John Radmore and Mary Davis Radmore. The following year, John and his family moved to Eugene, and then to Springfield, Oregon in 1935. During high school, he was student body president, captain of the football team, and a member of the drama club.

After graduating from Springfield High School in 1942, he enlisted in the United States Navy, studying engineering and mathematics at Oregon State University until he was sent to officers' training, in Boulder, Colorado. Ultimately, he served as quartermaster, boson's mate, signalman, and gunner aboard LSM 266, where he participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima. As a WWII veteran, John returned to Oregon and resumed college. In 1949, he graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's Degree of Education. On June 26 of that year, he married Helen Grace Puderbaugh at Ebbert Methodist Church in Springfield, Oregon. They later divorced.

In 1952, he graduated from Boston University, with a Master's Degree of Sacred Theology. From 1953 to 1967, he was a Methodist minister at churches in Oakridge and Myrtle Creek Oregon, and Tacoma, Orting, Seattle and Bellingham, Washington. On July 4, 1968, he married Eleanor Anne Joy in Salem, Oregon. They made Dallas their home. John worked for the State of Oregon as a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor from 1967 to his retirement.

John's enjoyment of travel took him to five continents and all fifty states. He made several trips to Namibia, Africa and loved to visit family and friends. He was an extremely caring and generous man who volunteered in the third grade class at Perrydale School for fourteen years. He appreciated classical music and was instrumental in the procurement of the chimes and the grand piano at the United Methodist Church in Dallas where he was a member. Always interested in social justice, he was proud to cast his vote in the most recent presidential election.

John is survived by his three daughters, Mary Radmore of Eugene, Joanne Ratkai (Andy) of Centennial, Colorado and their sons Max and Harry, and Carol Radmore (Ron Exeter) of Salem, and stepson Bill Joy of Sherwood. He is also survived by his brother David Radmore (Audrey) of Stockton, California, his sister Barbara Kimball (Reid) of Eugene, and several nieces and nephews. His wife Anne preceded him in death, on February 15, 1980.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 pm on Saturday January 5, 2013 at Dallas United Methodist Church. A private inurnment will occur later. Remembrances may be made to the Dallas United Methodist Endowment Fund, Perrydale School, or Heifer International. The Bollman Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. To leave an on-line condolence for the family go to www.dallastribute.com.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Dec. 30, 2012
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