JB Latham Obituary
JB Latham, 75, of Grants Pass died Thursday, Oct. 3, 1991, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Roseburg.
A private memorial service for the family was held with Hull & Hull Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of choice.
After cremation, the deceased's ashes will be spread over the Port of Brookings.
He was born July 7, 1916, in Farmersville Texas, and lived there until his enlistment in the U.S. Cavalry. When he completed his tour of duty with the cavalry, he enlisted in the U.S. Army-Air Corps (now the U.S. Air Force).
Early in World War II, he underwent advanced pilot training and served as a B-17 pilot in the European theater in England. On April 9, 1944, while on a mission over Gdansk, Poland, he was downed, taken prisoner and held in the Stalag Luft I prisoner of war camp until the end of the war. In 1946, he re-enlisted as a master sergeant in the Air Force and served for 20 years despite numerous health problems related to his days as a POW. He retired from the Air Force on June 30, 1955.
He worked at the U.S. Post Office in Grants Pass until 1969, when he retired due to war injuries.
He is survived by his wife, the former Louise Schilling, whom he married May 9, 1942, in Lewiston, Idaho.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons, James M. Latham of Grants Pass and Patrick A. Latham of Medford, his brothers Bill Latham of Huntsville, Ala., Melvin Latham and Frank Latham of Farmersville; and sisters, Gay Rogers, Bonnie Rogers and Ola Stanford, all of Farmersville. His daughter, Midge Williams, preceded him in death in September 1990.
--Grants Pass Daily Courier (October 7, 1991)