Story last updated at 4:13 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2002

Preston O. Walrath


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Preston O. Walrath  
Preston O. Walrath, 91, died peacefully Thursday morning, July 18, 2002, at South Peninsula Hospital's Long Term Care with loved ones at his side. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. today, July 25, at South Peninsula Hospital's Long Term Care.

Mr. Walrath was born Oct. 12, 1910, to Chester and Cora Walrath and was raised in Blaire, Neb. He was the eldest of 12 children. As a young man he moved to Alberta, Canada and worked as a machinist for a wheat-threshing farm. He enjoyed the down home cookin' at the farm and he liked the cook, Wilma even more. Little did he know that she would be the love of his life. Preston and Wilma married and raised three beautiful children, Chester, Doris and Preston in Eugene, Ore.

Talented in many areas, Preston enjoyed gardening, fishing and carpentry. In Eugene, Preston proudly built their family home and was employed as the parts manager for Pontiac. Always valuing a strong work ethic, Preston worked through retirement as an apartment manager for an independent living center in Junction City, Ore. Preston was a devoted father and husband, and worked hard to support those he loved.

Preston lived his last two-and-a-half years at the Long Term Care Facility near his grandson Kip of Homer, where he was surrounded by love and care.

His family said, "Preston was a man who loved unconditionally, was good to his core and was always a perfect gentleman. He blessed all that knew him with his gentle presence and brilliant smile."

Preston is survived by his children, Doris Walrath of Washington and Preston Walrath of California, his grandchildren Debbie Clark of California, Kip Walrath of Homer, Preston and Eddie Walrath of California and Eric Walrath of Washington; his great-grandchildren Jesse and Jamie (Stoddard) and three great, great-grandchildren. Preston is preceded in death by his parents, his son Chester and the love of his life, Wilma.