Willard Walch, Sr.

Willard Walch, Sr., 85, of Eagle Point, died Mar. 5, 2009 at his home. He will be eternally reunited with his wife, Jody.
    
Mr. Walch was born to Lou and Anna (Nygren) Walch on May 24, 1923, in Wellen, Oregon.

He attended the Lake Creek school, Butte School, and graduated from Eagle Point High School (now Little Butte School.)
   
Willard
met the love of his life, Bessie Jo (Jody) Simmons, at a Lake Creek
social function. They married on Dec. 31, 1947, in Medford. They had
five children.
   
After high school, Mr. Walch went to work
for Douglas Airplane factory in Santa Monica, Calif. During this time
WWII broke out and he joined the Army as a paratrooper with the 101st
Airborne and later with the 82nd Airborne.
   
When he came
home, he became a logger. He began as a faller for Crane Mills in
California. One time when logging was slow, he took his family to Los
Angeles and worked there as a carpenter for 2 ½ years. This was in the
mid 50s. In 1959 or ‘60, he returned to southern Oregon and went to
work for Steve Wilson, first a choker setter than as a cutter. He
worked for Wilson for about 19 years. Later, Mr. Walch worked for
Eugene Burrill at Fort Klamath and in the Diamond Lake area, and then
for Hanscom Brothers Logging. He retired in 1986.
   
Mr. Walch was a man of gentle strength and a quick laugh. He will be missed by all who new him.
   
He
is survived by his brother, Buck (Vera) Walch, of Eagle Point; sons;
Willard. Jr. (Chris), of Ashland, Olen (Janet) of Montana and Gregory
(Colleen) of Gold Hill; daughters, Rebecca of Seattle, Wash., and
Shannon (Jim) Howell of Brightman, Wisc; three granddaughters, two
grandsons and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his
wife, Jody.
   
At his request, there will be no service. In
lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lake Creek Historical
Society, 1739 So. Fork Little Butte Creek, Eagle Point, OR 97524.
   
Arrangements by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives.
 

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