Joseph Walz

Obituary of Joseph Frederick Walz

Joseph F. Walz, 83, of Bellingham, WA, passed away at home on July 30, 2021 after a brave battle with mesothelioma. Joe was born in Stayton, OR, on February 11, 1938, to Paul and Leona (Uphoff) Walz. He graduated from St. Francis High School in Eugene, OR, in 1956 and served in the US Marine Corps from 1957 to 1961. Joe spent his career as a residential, commercial and industrial painter in Oregon, California and Washington. He retired from Alcoa-Intalco in Ferndale, WA, after working there for more than 27 years. After retiring from Intalco, he worked as a security guard at the Conoco Phillips Refinery in Ferndale for ten years. Joe was proud to have been an Eagle Scout, a Marine and a Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus. Joe and his wife and best friend Diane Perry enjoyed traveling, especially to Hawaii, camping, the annual Walz family campout, miniature golf, and best road trip of all time to Yellowstone National Park. Everywhere Joe went he came upon people he knew, even at the Mazatlan airport. He was also an avid Oregon Ducks fan and enjoyed rooting for the Seahawks and Mariners. Joe will be deeply missed by his wife Diane, his three daughters from a previous marriage, Robin (Jerry) Krawczewski, Janet (Chuck) Rose, and Karen Walz, grandchildren Kimberley, Zach, Alicia, Marissa, , Daniel, Josh, Dakota, Chase and Lacie, and great-granddaughter Shaylee; siblings Rose (Wally) Ackerman, Rita (Allen) Gilman, Pat (Ed) Sanders, and Dave (Debbie) Walz and many nieces and nephews, his stepchildren Darren Geiger, Darci (Kenny) Twining, step-grandchildren Dave (Angie) and Elizabeth and great-grandson Barrett. Joe was predeceased by his parents and older sister Donna Brotherton. Donations in Joe’s memory may be made to Whatcom Hospice Foundation at whatcomhospice.org. The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude for Whatcom Hospice’s amazing support. Please sign the Book of Memories, light a candle and leave your condolences for the family at www.JernsFH.com
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