Zalph L. Wilson, a longtime resident of Hood River, Ore., passed away at his home on March 20, 2010, at the age of 85. He was born in Barnardsville, N.C., graduated from high school at age 15 and went on to the University of Tennessee until joining the army in World War II and then the Korean War.
He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, the Ardennes, Bastogne, and it always touched his heart when he spoke of his 6th Armored Division during the liberation of Buchenwald prison.
He leaves his wife, Alice, of 55 years; daughter, Nancy Waters, of Hood River; son Patrick, of Portland, and son Robert and his wife, Diane, of Goldendale, Wash.; grandchildren Sean, Matthew, River and Keisha; and great-grandson, Logan.
He also leaves a large, wide extended family of nieces and nephews and longtime friends who all touched Zalph in a special way.
Services will be held at Willamette National Cemetery on March 31 and a tribute to Zalph will be held on his birthday in July.
It’s hard to say good-bye to someone who was so easy to love.
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