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Obituary: Joseph Harvey Walch

Joseph Harvey Walch, devoted brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away in Provo, August 31, 2005. He was born December 15, 1915 in Elgin Oregon. He was the seventh child of eight born to Charles Walch and Emma Weech. He married Jewell Elizabeth Richardson in Boise ID on January 24, 1947. In June of 1947 they were sealed in the Cardston Alberta LDS Temple. Together they raised Jewell's daughter from a previous marriage. A son and daughter were born to them in Idaho prior to moving to Fort Worth, Texas, where another son was born. Joseph served faithfully in his church and loved associations with members. He served as a temple worker in the Dallas Texas Temple. He grew up on a family farm in Rupert Idaho assisting his mother and father. After graduating from the University of Idaho Joseph became a teacher to eight students in a 1 room school house. Eventually his interest expanded to include studies in Aeronautical Engineering. But duty called.. He entered The United States Army serving in the European Campaign during WWII. Upon his return he continued his studies receiving his Master Degree in Design Engineering from Southern Methodist University. His work mainly centered on the design of fighter jets such as the F-111 and the F-4. Work took him to Abilene TX, Denver CO, San Diego CA, St Louis MO, and Tulsa OK. Homes were purchased with the moves and as a result, in later life he found his niche in real estate. He managed his properties in his remaining years. He is survived by a brother, Oscar Walch of Provo; sons, Charles of Arlington TX; David of Provo; a daughter, Gayla (David) Scoll of Los Angeles, CA. 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Jewell; three brothers three sisters and his step-daughter, Arlene. Services are under the direction of Berg Mortuary. They will be held Saturday September 3, 2005 2:00 p.m. at the Oakhills Seventh Ward Chapel, 1038 North 1200 East, Provo, Utah. Friends are calling Saturday 12:30-1:45p.m. at the church. Interment in the Provo City Cemetery.