Born February 1, 1918, in Cloverdale, Oregon, to John Remington Bidgood and Maude Cox Bidgood, James Edwin Bidgood (Jim) was one of five sons and a daughter. His parents were Oregon public school teachers and administrators. Jim attended elementary schools in Hubbard, Turner and Independence, then graduated from Molalla High School and Oregon State College School of Pharmacy. Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Jim acquired his license to practice pharmacy in 1940.
Jim served during World War II in the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1945. He was a First Pharmacist Mate and the only medical officer on the USS Moore, one of the destroyer escorts defending troop- and supply-ship convoys back and forth across the Atlantic and Mediterranean.
Following the war, Jim served the public as a pharmacist for 40 years. In 1945, he and first wife Esther and daughter, Joan, moved to Medford, Oregon. A second daughter, Nancy, was born in 1947. Three years later, the family moved to Oceanlake (now Lincoln City), where Jim served as pharmacist with Walt Folkstad. Esther was an elementary school teacher at Delake and Oceanlake schools. The couple were active members of the community, e.g., Jim was a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the March of Dimes Polio Drive and American Legion, and he was a charter and life member of the Oceanlake Elks Club, BPOE 1886. The marriage ended in divorce in 1960 and Jim left to work in Hermiston, Oregon.
Jim, second wife Huldah and her son Bob Muir moved to Wasco, Oregon, in 1962. They purchased Wasco Drug, where pharmacist Jim and bookkeeper Huldah served the community, including surrounding Sherman County. He was glad to make after-hour house calls and prescription deliveries and was named Citizen of the Year in the early 1980s. Jim retired and sold the beloved pharmacy in 1985. He continued to renew his pharmacy licensure until 2006.
After retiring, Jim and Huldah continued to enjoy life in Wasco with friends and a growing family of grandchildren and great grandchildren. The couple were grateful "snow birds" in Desert Hot Springs, CA, and Hawaii. Jim survived COPD, a heart attack and stroke before 2006, but in that year Huldah predeceased him.
In 2011, Jim moved to Lincoln City, Oregon, to stay with his daughter, Nancy, and her housemate Larry. Jim lived with them until cancer symptoms arose and he moved into Lakeview Senior Assisted Living in Lincoln City. With the help of his physicians, Hospice nurses, loving Lakeview caregivers/ residents and family, Jim endured the deepening of pain until his passing on the evening of July 31, 2013.
An Honor Guard was present at the Celebration of James Bidgood's Life on August 9, 2013, in the Sun Rise Cemetery near Wasco. Officiating were Pastors Reasoner and Krewson. A reception followed in the Methodist Church of Wasco. Many friends, including grateful recipients of his care, attended. Family members present included daughter (Nancy), three nieces (Barbara, Levonne and Rebecca), three nephews (Dwain, Leland and Jeff), grandchildren, great grandchildren and their families. Step-son Bob Muir (Connie) was unable to attend because of emergency major surgery. Many of the family members and friends not present, including daughter Joan, nieces Sarah and Patty, and nephews Gary, Michael, Randy and Bernie, sent condolences and flowers.
Jim is survived by his brother, Kenneth Bidgood (Seattle, WA), his daughters, step-son, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Predeceasing him were his parents, second wife Huldah, first wife Esther, brothers Ralleigh, Omer and Dean, sister Gungadene and his grandson, Andrew.
Contributions in memory of Jim Bidgood may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Sherman County Historical Society, where he was a member. Funeral arrangements by Pacific View Memorial, Lincoln City.
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