Walking On -- Roy Walter Zimbrick
Roy Walter Zimbrick
Dec. 19, 1933 – Nov. 26, 2019
Roy Walter Zimbrick was born Dec. 19, 1933, to Matt and Marie Zimbrick in Portland, Ore. He passed on Nov. 26, 2019.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Zimbrick of Grand Ronde; son, Grant Zimbrick and his wife Dorothy of Denver, Colo.; daughter, Dana Wilson of Grand Ronde; grandchildren, Chris (Maria), Emily (Charles), Anna (Jono), Lee (Amanda), Vince (Candi), Max (Louisa and Oksana) and Karley (Cody); great-grandchildren, Austin, Ethan, Elias, Ava, Louisa, Nora and two on the way; brother, Richard Zimbrick and wife Violet of Grand Ronde; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cristi Scholten; father, Matt Zimbrick; and mother, Marie Amacher.
Roy was raised on Rowell Creek Road in Valley Junction, Ore., and attended school in Valley Junction and Willamina. He excelled in every sport in school and was recruited to play college football, but due to a knee injury was not able to play.
He married the love of his life, Joyce Huddleston, on March 14, 1953. They raised their children in Willamina and later moved to their home on Rowell Creek in Valley Junction.
Roy had logged with his father Matt during his high school years and later started Zimbrick Logging with his brother Richard. They operated the company for 50 years.
Roy was an avid hunter, fisherman, “Legendary Logger” and one of a kind. He was a lifelong Bulldog supporter and was inducted into Willamina High School Hall of Fame in the spring of 2019. He was also a member of Willamina Christian Church.
He loved his family, community and all school sports. He gave freely to so many and will be remembered always for his generosity, love for his family and unforgettable stories.
Services will be held at the Willamina High School gym at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like contributions be made to the sports and vo-ag programs at Willamina High School in Roy’s memory. Make checks payable to Willamina High School.