John Woodrow Walch

John Woodrow Walch, 91, of Ashland, died May 24, 2008 at his home.
    
He was born Nov. 24, 1916 at the Walch Ranch in Lake Creek to John Wesley Walch and Ida Marie (Newstrom) Walch. He attended the Lake Creek School through the eighth grade. He was a rancher, working the 1,460-acre family ranch at Lake Creek. He also worked as a millwright at various White City lumber mills.
   
The Walch family came from Germany to Nebraska and then settled in Lake Creek in 1882. Mr. Walch was a pioneer historian with extensive knowledge of Jackson and Josephine county histories, as well as Ashland. He also enjoyed photography.
   
He was a devoted husband of 40 years to Mildred, who survives. Other survivors include Mildred’s children; Richard Oelrich of Sweet Home, Ore., Harvey Oelrich and Rodney Oelrich of Salem, Ore., Cindy Coffin of Dallas, Texas; a brother, Lloyd Walch of Central Point; sisters, Margaret Hansen of Brownsboro, Ore., Betty Lou Payne of Sams Valley, Ore. and Shirley Stone of Lake Creek and three granddaughters.
   
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Peggy Ann.
   
The service for Mr. Walch was held May 29 at Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home in Ashland. Pastor Jim Larsen of the Christian Church of Ashland officiated. Private interment followed by Scenic Hills Memorial Park, Ashland.
   
Donations in Mr. Walch’s name may be made to the Lake Creek Museum and History Society.
 

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