Louis R. Walch

Louis R. “Buck” Walch, 87, of Eagle Point, died Aug. 15, 2009 at Rogue Valley Medical Center.
Buck was born June 25, 1922 in Wellen, Ore., to Lou and Anna (Nygren) Walch, who were pioneers of the Lake Creek area.
On May 15, 1957, he married Vera Lee Carter, who survives. He owned and lived on his cattle and hay ranch in Lake Creek his entire life. Buck enjoyed hunting, baseball, nature, his family and friends and he loved all animals. He always rooted for the “under dog” and would give the shirt off his back to help friends and neighbors.
Buck attended Lake Creek and Little Butte Creek schools and graduated from Eagle Point High School. He proudly served in World War II. He was a member of the Lake Creek Grange for 72 years where he held the positions of Master, Secretary and Gatekeeper. He also belonged to the Pomona Grange, Oregon Farm Bureau, Grange Co-op and the Lake Creek Historical Society.
Buck was well known as an excellent story teller. Anyone within listening distance would stop what they were doing to listen when they heard his telltale chuckles right before he launched into a wonderful story of events in his earlier life or just everyday occurrences. He simply had a way of making the story come to life. Buck was considered one of the best historians in the valley because of his rich memory. He never lost his sense of humor. He looked at life and death with grace and dignity. During his illness, Buck was surrounded by friends and family whom he cherished deeply.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Willard and sister, Katherine. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Vera; daughter, Debbie Bellm, sons, Norman and Loren Walch; and grandchildren, Matthew, Reid, and Travis Walch and Nicole Bellm.
A potluck to celebrate the life of Buck and his brother, Willard, who died March 5, 2009, will be held Sept. 26 at the Lake Creek Historical Society at 1 p.m.

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