Bob Leon Walch



Bob Leon Walch, 83, died Monday, September 17th, 2007, of natural causes at his home. Bob was a lifelong resident of the Eagle Point area. He was born on February 4th, 1924, in Yankee Creek in the home that he grew up in. He grew up on the family farm with 2 brothers and a sister. Bob later graduated from High School in Medford, and then went on to serve in the Coast Guard during WWII. After the war, Bob met his lifelong love, Clara Ida Childers. They were married in 1948 and have spent a lifetime side by side.



Bob and Clara worked with Bob's parents, Bill and Myrtle Walch to establish "Indian Lake Ranch," a 1200 acre ranch between Eagle Point and Butte Falls. The ambition also included the construction of a 50 acre lake which started out being used for irrigation, but became a destination waterskiing resort for the locals. Families would swarm in from all over to "go see the Walch's." The main part of the ranch was eventually sold in 1979, but Bob and Clara kept a small bit of the acreage where they have continued to reside. Besides tending the land and the animals on the ranch, Bob also worked in the logging industry at various times in his life doing everything from lubing the trucks to owning his own company.



Retirement had not slowed him down in the least. He was always up to something, whether it be flying his airplane and hanging with the "fly boys," restoring old cars, singing and playing his mandolin, working on the "new Kuderoky" that he had just dreamed up, or riding around the logging roads shot gun with "Chicken."



Bob wasn't a man of a lot of words, but his kind and gentle spirit spoke volumes. He was always there to lend a hand to anyone in need, just as the good book says. He left a mark on many hearts that will not soon be forgotten and will be forever missed by family and friends.



Bob's surviving family include his wife, Clara; his brother, Wayne "Buzz" Walch; his children, Trudy Tepper and Jim Walch; grandchildren, Tammy Beddow and Travis Tepper; step grandchildren, Brandon Van Valkenberg and Sheila Kinney as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Myrtle Walch, brother, Ben Walch and sister, Betty Keim.



Services for Bob will be held at Eagle Point Community Bible Church at 27 S. Shasta Ave., Friday, September 21st, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. All who knew him are encouraged to attend.



Denim shirts and old blue jeans to a robe of white

Up the golden stairs through the pearly gates

And all dressed up in white

Old slouch hat and a heavenly crown

Oh what a sight.......

This old cowboy on your streets of gold and all dressed up in white

Lyrics by Bob Walch