Monte Mediger, 42, of Abbotsford, Wisconsin, formerly of Keizer, Oregon, passed away December 07, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin.
Services will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Abbotsford, Wisconsin with visitation beginning at 12:00 and services and military honors beginning at 2:00. A lunch and time for sharing will be held after the service.
An additional service and time for celebration will be planned for a later date in Keizer, Oregon with internment at the Willamette National Cemetery.
Monte was born in Crescent City, California to James (Jim) and Candis (Candy) Mediger. He was a member of the 1990 Roseburg High School graduating class in Roseburg, Oregon and was a proud Indian until the end.
Monte served in the United States Navy from 1990 to 1994 and served on both the USS Thach and the USS Carl Vinson. He achieved the rank of E5 and received the National Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the SW Asia Service Medal with the Bronze Star. He proudly helped defend our country during the first Gulf War when his ship was stationed in the Persian Gulf.
As an avid golfer, he enjoyed many hours at the McNary Golf Course in Keizer, Oregon where he was a member with his father and later enjoyed several years as part of the men’s league at the Meadowview Golf Course in Owen-Withee, Wisconsin. Monte also enjoyed the outdoors, specifically fishing. He relished the thrill of Salmon fishing on the Oregon Coast and on the Columbia River. He later found joy in the many lakes in Northern Wisconsin and even came to enjoy ice fishing.
Monte was an active member of the Abbotsford Lions Club and the Dorchester Midnight Riders Snowmobile club. He was an honorary member of the local “Hog Farmers” motorcycle group and enjoyed several cross country trips with his wife, Joanna, as well as many weekend rides on their beloved Honda Goldwing. They especially enjoyed riding the Beartooth and Chief Joseph Highways in Southern Montana and Northern Wyoming.
Monte’s true love, though, was football. He proudly helped coach the Regis Rams of Stayton, Oregon for several years and then later served as the Defensive Coordinator for the Abbotsford Falcons of Abbotsford, Wisconsin. As a huge fan of college football, he shared every win and loss with the Oregon Ducks, his beloved team.
Monte is preceded in death by his grandparents, Eugene and Mary Mediger and John and Joyce Wilson, and his aunt, Annette Crandall.
Monte is survived by his wife of nearly ten years, Joanna Mediger; his parents, Jim and Candy; his sister Angela (Jeff) Badgett; four neices, Shalynn and Marisa Eckley, and Molly and Madison Fish; his nephew Evan Fish; several uncles and cousins; and his beloved dog Jack.