Lloyd Alfred Walch

Lloyd Alfred Walch, 91, left this earth for his heavenly home on Friday, March 20, 2009. He passed away at his home with his family by his side.
    
Lloyd was born Dec. 19, 1917, in Lake Creek, Ore., the second child of John Wesley Walch and Ida Marie Newstrom Walch. On Jan. 10, 1947, in Central Point, he married Margaret Arglee Williams, who survives. They lived their married life of 62 years in Central Point, and raised their three sons.

Lloyd grew up on his parent’s ranch in Lake Creek with his four
siblings. He graduated 8th grade in the one room Lost Creek School.
From 1938 through 1941 he was employed with the U.S. Forest Service and
worked on the construction of the Pacific Crest Trail. He also manned
several fire lookouts.
   
At the beginning of World War II, he
moved to the San Francisco Bay area and went to work as a welder. He
worked in Kaiser Ship Yard #4 in Richmond and added his welds to many
cargo and troop landing ships. Later in the war he enlisted in the
United States Coast Guard and following training, served as armed
security for the Kaiser Ship Yards. Following his discharge from the
Coast Guard in September 1945, he moved back to the Rogue Valley where
he met and married Margaret. They were charter members of Community
Bible Church in Central Point and attended there for many years.
   
Lloyd
was employed in the timber industry most of his working life. He worked
many years as a moulder operator for Cascade Wood Products. He retired
in 1982 as head moulder operator for Medford Moulding Company, White
City. Following retirement, Lloyd  enjoyed winters in Quartzite, Ariz.
He loved exploring the desert on his ATV. Lloyd was a gifted craftsman
and enjoying working in his shop where he made many beautiful lapidary
items and interesting lamps from manzanita wood. He was an avid angler
and hunter his entire life. A trophy blacktail deer he bagged in 1968
still retains a place in the record book of Northwest Big Game of
Oregon. Lloyd loved Lake Creek and spent many hours through the years
maintaining Walch Park adjacent to Lost Creek Covered Bridge, which is
dedicated to his parents.
   
In addition to his wife, Lloyd is
survived by sisters, Betty Payne (Herb) of White City and Shirley
Stone, of Lake Creek; his three sons, Ronald and wife, Judi, of Lake
Creek, Richard and wife, Charlie, of Medford, Ore. and Russell and
wife, Debra of Medford;  grandchildren, Aimee Kuhlman (Jason), Jennifer
Brown (Don), Andrew Brittany and Shelly Walch; granddaughter-in-law,
Sarah Walch; and eight great-grandchildren.
   
In addition to
his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, John Walch, Jr.;
sister, Margaret Hansen; infant sister, Catherine May Walch; and
grandson, Rick Walch.
   
A celebration of life will be held
Mar. 30, 2009,  at 2 p.m. at  Memory Gardens Memorial Park, 1395 Arnold
Lane, Medford. Pastor Fred Devos will officiate.
   
Arrangements by Memory Gardens Mortuary and Memorial Park. (541) 773-7338 www.memmorygardensmortuary.com .
 

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