Richard Morris Wallace, 88

Richard Morris Wallace, 88, of Wabash, died at 9:31 a.m., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on Sept. 13, 1932 in Washington, Iowa, to Everett Morris and Dora Marie (Phillips) Wallace.

Richard was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict, on the USS Swift AM122. He married Donna Ehrenfelt on Oct. 2, 1953 in Wellman, Iowa. Richard worked at Celotex in Lagro, where he was also the Union President for 10 years, before retiring in 1995. He was a life member of the United States Mine Warfare Association, and the American Legion Post 15 and V.F.W. Post 286, both of Wabash. Richard enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Wabash Men's Bowling Association, motorcycle trips on his Honda Goldwing, and supporting his family in their activities and sporting events. In his younger years Richard grew up at the Washington, Iowa YMCA, where he was an avid swimmer.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Wallace of Wabash; five daughters, Vicki Lynn Harris of LaFontaine, Martha Sue (Tim) Babb, Kathleen Kay (Loren) Rife, Teresa Marie (Raymond, Jr.) Garrett, and Elizabeth Ann (Donald, Jr.) Watkins, all of Wabash; 13 grandchildren, Tracy (Derek) Furnas, Nicholas (Teresa) Harris, Erin (Ross) Haughn, Jeremy Ulshafer, Timothy (Gina) Babb, Jason Pence, Betha (Travis) Rader, Carrie Fox, Scott (Abby Whiteman) Garrett, Amy (Mike) Enyeart, Kristi Garrett, Katie (Justin Davis) Watkins, and Audra (Nick Hannah) Watkins; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Sally Little; son-in-law, Major General David Harris; two grandchildren, Shawna Wallace and Richard Alex Watkins; great- grandson, Dallas Miltenberger Jr.; brother, Robert Wallace; and two sisters, Dolores Givens and Donna Strange.

Funeral services were Dec. 9, 2020, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash, with David Phillips officiating. Burial is in Falls Cemetery, Wabash.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion Post 15 or V.F.W. Post 286.

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Posted on 2020 Dec 08