1932 - 2013
James R. “Jim” Badgett Sr., Milton-Freewater, passed away Jan. 7, 2013, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle at the age of 80. Services will be Jan. 18, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater with Pastor J.J. Dygert officiating. Concluding services and interment will be in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through the funeral home.
One of 13 children, Mr. Badgett was born Nov. 19, 1932, in Prosser, Wash., the son of Raymond and Rose Badgett. He lived nearly his entire life in Eastern Washington and Northeastern Oregon. He attended Ferndale Grade School and graduated from McLoughlin Union High School in Milton-Freewater in 1953.
During high school he participated in football, track, FFA and journalism, serving as the sports editor for the school paper. From 1954 to 1955 he served in the U.S. Army. After completing his military service, he returned to Oregon where he married and raised a family.
He worked for many years for The Spokesman-Review newspaper and lived in Moses Lake for almost 20 years. Several years ago he returned to live in Milton-Freewater, where until the time of his death he remained active, working part time for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and visiting with numerous relatives and lifelong friends in the area.
He is survived by four children: Zara Walker of Anaheim, Calif., James Badgett, Jr. of Castro Valley, Calif., Nora Badgett of Austin, Texas, and Carrie MacDougall of Henderson, Nev.; three grandchildren: Jenna Badgett of Concord, Calif., Michael MacDougall of Henderson, Nev., and Jamie Badgett of Castro Valley, Calif.; a sister, Alice Klein of Florence, Ore.; and numerous nieces and nephews.