Lloyd Alfred Walch

Lloyd Alfred Walch

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, Ore., 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 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 spending winters with Margaret in Quartzite, Ariz. He loved exploring the desert on his ATV. Lloyd was a gifted craftsman and enjoyed 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 the 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, Ore., and Shirley Stone, of Lake Creek, Ore.; his three sons, Ronald and wife, Judi, of Lake Creek, Ore., Richard and wife, Charlie, of Medford, Ore., and Russell and wife, Debra, of Medford, Ore.; 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 Lloyd's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2009, at Memory Gardens Memorial Park, 1395 Arnold Lane Medford, Ore. Pastor Fred Devos will officiate.

Arrangements by Memory Gardens Mortuary and Memorial Park 541-773-7338

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