Bob Leon Walch died Monday September 17, 2007 of natural causes at his home, he was 83. Bob was a lifelong resident of the Eagle Point area. He was born on February 4, 1924 in Yankee Creek in the home that he grew up in. He grew up on the family farm with 2 brothers and a sister. Bob later graduated from High School in Medford and then went on to serve in the Coast Guard during WWII. After the War, Bob met his lifelong love Clara Ida Childers. They were married in 1948 and have spent a life time side by side.
Bob and Clara worked with Bob’s parents Bill and Myrtle Walch to establish "Indian Lake Ranch" a 1200 acre ranch between Eagle Point and Butte Falls. The ambition also included the construction of a 50 acre lake which stated out being used for irrigation, but became a destination waterskiing resort for the locals. Families would swarm in from all over to "go see the Walch’s". The main part of the ranch was eventually sold in 1979, but Bob and Clara kept a small bit of the acreage where they have continued to reside. Besides tending the land and the animals on the ranch, Bob also worked in the logging industry at various times in his life doing everything from lubing the trucks to owning his own company.
Retirement had not slowed him down in the least. He was always up to
something, whether it be flying his airplane and hanging with the "fly
boys", restoring old cars, playing and singing his mandolin, working on
the "new kuderoky" that he had just dreamed up, or riding around the
logging roads shot gun with "Chicken".
Bob wasn’t a man of a
lot of words, but his kind and gentle spirit spoke volumes. He was
always there to lend a hand to anyone in need, just as the good book
says. He left a mark on many hearts that will not soon be forgotten and
will be forever missed by family and friends.
surviving family include his wife Clara, his brother Wayne "Buzz"
Walch, his children Trudy Tepper and Jim Walch, Grandchildren; Tammy
Beddow and Travis Tepper, Step Grandchildren; Brandon Van Valkenberg
and Sheila Kinney as well and numerous nieces and nephews. Bob is
preceded in death by his parents Bill and Myrtle Walch, brother Ben
Walch and sister Betty Keim.
Service for Bob was held at Eagle Point Community Bible Church, Friday, Sept. 21.
shirts and old blue jeans to a robe of white. Up the golden stairs
through the pearly gates. And all dressed in white. Old slouch hat and
a heavenly crown. Oh what a sight… This old cowboy on your streets of
gold and all dressed up in white. Lyrics by Bob Walch