MARKLE—James Rodney Markle, Jr., 67, of Florence, Ore., born April 29, 1953, in Yorl, Pa., to Halen and James “Jim” Markle, Sr., passed away Dec. 31, 2020, at his home in Florence.
He was married Feb. 14, 1998, to Carolyn Harvey Markle, of Florence; she survives him.
Jim lived in Florence 24 years. He was a graduate of York High School, where he played football as a full-back. He also played football in college.
Jim graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with degrees in History and Sociology.
Later, he completed his Master’s degree in Social Work there. After he moved to Florence, he completed his doctorate in Human Services.
After graduation from college, Jim took a road trip on his motorcycle from York, Pa., across the United States to Oregon, where he discovered Florence — which he thoughts was the town of his dreams.
Eventually, he secured employment as a case manager of Senior and Disabled Services in Florence. A highly educated man, Jim also enjoyed climbing mountains, riding his motorcycle and jogging on the beach in Texas when he was young.
Before he moved to Florence, he also worked in on oil rigs in Galveston, Texas and in Arizona.
Jim will be missed. He always said that his greatest accomplishment was staying clean and sober for 37 years. He was active in Alcoholics Anonymous in Florence, where he served as a leader in that program for many years and helped many people.
He was also a member of the Florence Seventh-day Adventist Church and was baptized there in January 1998. His favorite Bible text was James 5:16 — “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
After battling diabetes for many years, Jim died fro heart and lung disease.
Jim was preceded in death not only by his parents James and Helen Markle of Pennsylvania, but also by his two sons: Eric “Jake” Markle of Tacoma, Wash., and A.J. Markle when A.J. was just a young child.
Jim is survived by his wife Carolyn of Florence; stepdaughter Lela Soards Graf and her husband and three children, of Honolulu, Hawaii; his sister Jennifer Markle Stouter of Lago, Fla.,; sister Alice Markle Twiford of Williamsburg, Va.; his brother David Markle of Chicago, Ill.; sister-in-law Joan Harvey Case; brother-in-law Ronald L. Case, MD, of Lacey, Wash.; nephews Edward P. Case, MD, of Olympia, Wash., and Brian W. Case, MD, of Indianapolis, Ind. and their families; sister-in-law Betty Malm and brother-in-law Donald Malm of Springfield, Ore., and their family; and Jake’s widow, Courtney Markle Buckholz, and their two children.
Jim will always be remembered for his love for his wife Carolyn; for his love for his animals; for his love for Jesus; and for his care for those who struggled with alcoholism.
Burns’s Funeral Home in Florence, Ore., is in charge of arrangements. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, a Celebration of Life service is planned for a later date in the spring.