James "Jack" Arthur Retherford

July 15, 1935 ~ March 11, 2022 (age 86)


Pastor Jack Retherford


Pastor James Arthur “Jack” Retherford, returned to his heavenly home on March 11, 2022. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggles and ultimately gave him peace.

“Jack” as he was known to friends and family, was born to Jim and Gladys Retherford on July 15, 1935 in Burns Oregon. Jack graduated Grant Union High School in 1954, where he participated in football, basketball and track. Throughout his life he was an avid sports fan and coached many players up until his 70’s.

Jack was blessed with a loving family. He married his best friend and love of his life, Betty Jane Freeman, on March 17, 1956 in John Day Oregon. Jack helped raise his three boys in a ranching rodeo lifestyle. He was his children’s biggest supporter in their athletic achievements and continued to support all his grandchildren as a permanent figure at every event.

Following the death of his father, Jack found a life of faith and a commitment to God. He became an ordained minister of the Assembly Of God Church. He officiated countless funerals, marriages and baptisms and was the pastor of many churches throughout Oregon and Idaho.

He is dearly missed by his loved ones who celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his creator and in the arms of family.

Jack  is survived by his wife, Betty of 65 years; his brother Victor Retheford; his sons Rod & Chris Retherford & honorary family Dennis Adkins;  his grandchildren Brooke Johnson, Jare’ Huycke, Jacee James, Qiera Tucker, Duvar Retherford, & Cameron Retherford. His great grandchildren; Avery, Brynn, Peri, Jack, Jaylen, Brooklyn, Dani, and multiple nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by parents; Jim & Gladys Retherford, His sister Margie Hoe, and his oldest son Rick Retherford.  

A celebration of life and potluck will be held on Tuesday March 15, 2022 at 1pm at the Assembly of God Church in John Day. Reverend Lee Teague will officiate. Jack will be laid to rest next to his father and mother in the Canyon City Cemetery on March 16, 2022. A private family service will be held at 11am followed by a 1 pm graveside service for family and friends that would like to pay their respects.


Rod Retherford                                   Cameron Retherford

Chris Retherford                                 Bill Elliott

John Morris                                         Skip Inscore

“I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am you may be also.” John 14:3

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