Wallace Eugene Bichsel
Wallace Eugene Bichsel, 59, passed away peacefully at home on April 7th, 2021 with his wife and children around him. Wally passed away due to congestive heart and renal failure. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Dawn; their children Bailey, Calen, Chase and Cade of Gervais; his sisters, Sue (Dave) Slowick of Beaver Creek and Theresa (Al) Knox of Molalla, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Wallace of Arizona and his mother Theresa of Canby. On his deathbed, he had told his sisters that his mother would be the first person he would look for in Heaven.
Wally was born on September 1st, 1961 in Portland and grew up mainly in Canby. In 1979, he met the love of his life and soul mate, Dawn. After marrying in 1984, the couple moved to Hubbard, and later bought a small farm on the outskirts of Gervais, where they have lived for the past 30 years.
For over 30 years, Wally worked in sales in the pump and water service industry, gaining a reputation for his hard work and dedication to helping clients whom he considered friends as well. He took pride in the work he did, as shown through the customer support and loyalty he had throughout the decades.
Wally was a devoted husband, father, and well-respected member of his community. Wally's greatest joy were his children, whom he was very proud of, and he especially loved watching them play sports. His favorite times were coaching his sons' little league baseball teams in Woodburn and Gervais for over 12 years. During this time, he became deeply involved with the Junior Baseball Organization. He would come to be president of the Mid-Valley Baseball Organization in Woodburn, before going to sit on the Gervais Sports League committee. He took great pride when he was in charge of running many tournaments at Centennial Park, some of which his teams had participated in. He took great pride in every team he had coached in both Woodburn and Gervais, where he was a beloved and popular coach. His coaching came to an end in 2018 when his youngest son entered high school. While he would have loved to have continued coaching, it became too hard on his body following his second heart attack in 2017.
A service in honor of Wally will be held at 11 A.M, Wednesday, May 26th, 2021 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Canby, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gervais Sports League, an organization very near and dear to Wally's heart.