1917 - 2012
Milton-Freewater resident William H. Wallen, 94, passed away Aug. 23, 2012, at his home. William was born Sept. 25, 1917, in Crowder, Okla., to Joseph H. and Jennie H. Gay Wallen. He graduated from high school in Crowder. On Sept. 18, 1937, he and Ivol Elizabeth Williams married in Kelso, Wash. He worked in the logging industry and farming. He came to this area in 1979 from Eugene, Ore.
He loved spending time with his family and grandchildren, always there to lend a helping hand for anyone. He enjoyed gardening, especially sweet potatoes and yams. He liked all kinds of hunting and fishing, and was always building craft items as a hobby. He was a member of the Church of God “Seventh Day” and was active as a deacon, elder and cared for the grounds of the church building.
William is survived by his wife at home; two daughters, Marilyn June Brown of Veneta, Ore. and Elizabeth J. (Gerald) Carlson of Hermiston; two sons, Marvin Dean (Leona) Wallen of Wallowa, Ore., and Dennis L. (Lou) Wallen of Milton-Freewater; his sister, Alice L. Wood of Crowder; 12 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Lloyd Brown; two great-grandsons, Gregory Acosta and Levi Brown; his son-in-law, Robert Brown; two brothers; and nine sisters.
A graveside service was held at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Pastor Brian Franks of the Church of God “Seventh Day” officiated. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of God “Seventh Day” or any charity of donor’s choice through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.