Michael David Rydbom

Michael David Rydbom, 65, went to be with the Lord on

Saturday, March 5, 2011. He was born on June 15, 1945, in Burbank, Calif., to David and Ruth Rydbom. Mike was the oldest of three children. He attended San Marino High School and USC, graduating with a degree in business. Mike was drafted into the Army, and fought for his country in the Vietnam War from 1968 - 1969.

Soon after returning to the States, Mike met and married his lifelong loving partner, Beverly Mosser, on June 17, 1972.

Together, they raised four children and started a thriving, and successful roofing supply company, Coastal Roofing Supply, in Southern California in 1974. After selling the

company in 1988, Mike bought the Ashland Shopping Center and moved his family to Ashland, Ore., where he could

enjoy the outdoors with his children. Mike was a pivotal member of the community until his death, and was involved with Rotary and the Elks Club. He was also a past board member of Ashland Community Hospital, and Ashland YMCA.

Mike's greatest love in life was his family and his dogs. His priority was always to provide for them, working tirelessly every day. Mike was a godly man, committed to living a good, honest and decent life. He enjoyed hunting and

fishing, and more than anything, being with his children and grandchildren. He was truly a dedicated family man and will be missed deeply.

Mike will always be remembered for his giving spirit, stoic nature and big heart. While on the outside he was seen as a big stubborn Swede, he had a very tender side, that those close to him were blessed to experience. Mike was known to be the first to help a friend in need, buy you a meal, or force you to eat dessert. He wanted nothing more than to protect and provide for those he loved. He will be remembered for his generosity and the great sacrifices he made.

Mike is survived by his wife, Beverly Rydbom; children

David Rydbom, Kimberly Rydbom, Michelle Christian and Michael Rydbom; sisters, Nancy Roos and Sharon

Williamson; six grandchildren; and his beloved dog, Sig.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2011, at 2:00 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 2004 Siskiyou Blvd.,

Ashland, Ore. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Southern Oregon Humane Society, in memory of Mike

Rydbom. Arrangements by Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home.