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John Woodrow Walch

John Woodrow Walch

The funeral service for John Woodrow Walch will be held Thursday, May 29, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. at Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, 1811 Ashland Street, Ore. Pastor Jim Larsen of the Christian Church of Ashland will officiate. Private Interment will be in Scenic Hills Memorial Park, Ashland.

A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28, 2008, at Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Lake Creek Museum and Historical Society.

Mr. Walch, 91, of Ashland, died Saturday, May 24, 2008, at his home.

He was born November 24, 1916, at the Walch Ranch in Lake Creek, Ore., to John Wesley Walch and Ida Marie (Newstrom) Walch. He attended the Lake Creek School through eighth grade. He was a rancher, working the 1460 acre family ranch on Lake Creek, and worked as a millwright at various White City lumber mills.

The Walch family came from Germany, and via Nebraska, settled in Lake Creek in 1882. Mr. Walch was a pioneer historian with extensive knowledge of Jackson and Josephine county histories, as well as Ashland. He also enjoyed photography.

Mr. Walch was a devoted husband of forty years to Mildred, who survives. Survivors also include Mildred's children, Richard Oelrich, of Sweet Home, Ore., Harvey Oelrich, of Salem, Ore., Rodney Oelrich, of Salem Ore., Cindy Coffin, of Dallas, Texas; brother, Lloyd Walch, of Central Point, Ore.; sisters, Margaret Hansen, of Brownsboro, Ore., Betty Lou Payne, of Sams Valley, Ore., and Shirley Stone, of Lake Creek, Ore.; three granddaughters, Donette, Dawneanne, and Danielle.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Peggy Ann.

Arrangements are by Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland, Ore.