James LaDell Tingey, 81, of Cottage Grove died Feb. 14, 2013.
He was born April 8, 1931 at his home in Weston, Idaho to James Warren Tingey and Elizabeth Mae Bassett.
His father died when James was about five years old. He grew up on a farm in Weston where the family raised dairy cows. He was the youngest of nine children. His youth was filled with hard work on the farm where he farmed with horses and then later tractors. In his spare time, he hunted and fished in the area and explored the wild mountains on horseback. He graduated from Weston High School where he earned nine letters in football, boxing and baseball. He was a Gold Gloves Champion.
After high school from 1949 to 1952 he went on a northwestern states mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was during this mission that he met his first wife Shirley Dingman of Eugene. They were married in the Logan, Utah Temple on Dec. 19, 1952.
He joined the U.S. Army and served with distinction from 1952 until 1954 during the Korean War Conflict. He was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash. and also Fort Ord, Calif. He trained troops in hand to hand combat.He was discharged as a Sergeant first class E6.
After his military service the family settled back in Weston where he worked as a fireman, and then in 1956 moved back to Eugene where he began a career as a meat cutter. He worked for Safeway in the Eugene-Springfield area, retiring in 1993.
He and Shirley served a Senior mission in the Eugene Springfield area where they worked in the LDS employment division. His first wife passed away Dec. 23, 2002.
He remarried Joan Glenn on Jan. 3, 2004 in Portland, Ore. They enjoyed each other in their gold years living in Cottage Grove. They traveled around the region including Alaska, visited family and friends, and pursued their hobbies of gardening, hunting, fishing and church service.
He is survived by his wife, Joan, five children, Cynthia Gilles of Beaverton, Julie Piesker of Tigard, Nancy Davison of Bruceville, Texas, Marcia Pollard of Springfield, and Danny Tingey of Newberg, three step-children, Terra Hensley of Cottage Grove, Darren Glenn of Cottage Grove and David Glenn of Vida, a combined 25 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
A service was held Feb. 19 at the Cottage Grove Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Burial is at Willamette National Cemetery, Scott Mountain, Portland, Ore.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lane County or LDS Church Missionary Fund.
Arrangements under the care of Buell/Andreason's Funeral Home, Springfield.