Kurt J. Medlock


Oct. 30, 2019 — Kurt J. Medlock, 75, peacefully joined so many other loving relatives and friends before him on Oct. 22, 2019.

Kurt was born in Ogden, Utah, to Lois Hannah Medlock (Chugg) and Kenneth Medlock.

He lived a full and happy life. This included being a communication specialist in the U.S. Army after joining at age 17. He was discharged in 1966 in Colorado after being stationed in Fort Louis, Wash., and South Korea.

After moving from Colorado to California and taking a job in the trucking industry, his father-in-law in Oregon invited him to explore the prospects of the beautiful landscapes and logging industries of Florence, Ore.

He quickly fell in love with the natural beauty and peaceful surroundings.

Kurt’s first job opportunity was in 1978 at International Paper in Gardiner, Ore.. The job quickly blossomed into a career, working there until its closure in 1992.

He wanted to fulfill his desire to help others’ needs and the community he dearly cared for. So, he pulled off his boots and traded them for sneakers to attend Lane Community College in Eugene; driving everyday for two years to graduate with his RV Technicians Degree.

Kurt was a fighter. He stunned his doctors and showed he had “nine lives” by beating stage-four cancer at the age of 49 and then any ailment that dared to tangle with him.

Kurt never knew a stranger and was always ready and willing to help anyone. A longtime Florence resident, Kurt was known as the “Honey-DO Man,” doing handyman jobs.

It may surprise some to learn that Kurt was a lifelong Mormon. His dedication to family and friends was like none other.

Kurt is survived by his sisters: Alexis Swearingen of Missouri and Pat Overton of California; and their children; his daughter, Rebecca J. Rodet and her two daughters, Courtney P. and Hannah J. Rodet. 

He will be greatly missed by his family and his beloved soulmate of 15 years, Betty Smith.

Please come join us to celebrate his life with his family on Friday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m., at the LDS Church (2705 Munsel Lake Road).

There will be a private military honors ceremony with inturment at Roseburg National Cemetery at a later date.

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