Jan. 7, 1932 - Jan. 22, 2012
Cremation rites have been held for Wallace Eugene “Wally” Entz, 80, of Coos Bay, under the direction of Nelson’s Bay Area Mortuary. A family remembrance will be held later.
Wally was born Jan. 7, 1932, in Dallas, Ore., the son of David and Susan (Warkentin) Entz. He passed away Jan. 22, 2012, in Coos Bay. Wally was raised and educated in Dallas where he graduated from Dallas High School. He served as a Seabee in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1951 to 1955. He completed construction and driver’s school and was stationed in Adak, Alaska, and Guam.
On Dec. 28, 1954, he married Jean Moad in Stevenson, Wash., while home on leave. After his release from the service, Wally worked in construction; as a mill worker at Western States Plywood, Elk River; owner/operator of Pitch’s Tavern, Port Orford; and for many years as a truck driver. He worked for several freight companies over the years, but worked at Pacific Motor Trucking in Coos Bay the longest. Wally and Jean also owned and operated a motel in North Bend. They made their home in Port Orford, Coos Bay, Renton, Tigard and back to Coos Bay where they retired.
Wally loved sports and hunting. He played football and basketball in high school and semipro football while stationed in Guam. He was an avid golfer, played on several town basketball teams, was a member of the Eagles’ pool team, and was a very competitive card player. He was a member of the Coos Bay Eagles Lodge and the Coquille Elks Lodge.
Wally was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and was always ready with a warm smile and a great story or two. He was much loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
Wally is survived by his wife, Jean Entz of Coos Bay; son, Rocky and Julie Entz of North Bend; daughter, Lynda and Ed Ellingsen of Coos Bay; grandsons, James Ellingsen, Skyler Waldrop and Troy Entz; granddaughters, Erica Ellingsen, Amanda Waldrop and Victoria Entz; and sister, Hazel Helms of Dallas.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Virginia Aplet.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030; or to a cancer-research organization such as the American Cancer Society, 31 W. Sixth St., Medford, OR 97501.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson’s Bay Area Mortuary, 541-267-4216.