Obituary: Walter Wilcox

Walter F. “Bill” Wilcox, 86, of Sweet Home died March 19, 2010. He was born Nov. 19, 1923 in Moreland, Kan. to Trace and Edith (Powers) Wilcox.

Mr. Wilcox served in the United States Navy. He was discharged in 1947. He met Patricia in Shanghai, China, after World War II. They married and then returned to Sweet Home in 1947 where his parents were. He worked for Union 701 as a heavy equipment operator. When he wasn’t working the union he found work driving for local logging companies.

Mr. Wilcox lived in Eureka, Calif., for a short time before returning to Sweet Home to work on the construction of both dams. He was forced to stop working and in 2001 the Wilcoxes moved to Lebanon Rehab as he slipped into Alzheimer’s.

Mr. Wilcox was a member of the VFW, Elks and Sportsman Holiday. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He loved books by Louis L’mour.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Wilcox; daughter Edith Wilcox: sons Mike and daughter-in-law Fonda Wilcox, William “Bill” and daughter-in-law Paulina Wilcox, Jim and daughter-in-law Lori Wilcox, and Chris and daughter-in-law Becky Wilcox: and numerous grandchildren.

Mr. Wilcox was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters €“ he was the last survivor of the siblings; and by his great-granddaughter, Caitlyn Easling in 2007.

A viewing will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at Sweet Home Evangelical Church.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 26, also at the Sweet Home Evangelical Church.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.