Richard Morris Wallace, 88, 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.
He was a US Navy veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict, on the USS Swift AM122. He married Donna Ehrenfelt on Oct. 2, 1953, in Wellman, Iowa. He 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. He 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 he grew up at the Washington, Iowa, YMCA, where he was an avid swimmer.
He is survived by his wife: Donna Wallace, Wabash; five daughters: Vicki Lynn Harris, 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; a daughter: Sally Little; son-in-law: Major General David Harris; two grandchildren: Shawna Wallace and Richard Alex Watkins; a great-grandson: Dallas Miltenberger Jr.; a brother: Robert Wallace; and two sisters: Dolores Givens and Donna Strange.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with David Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the funeral home. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family requests precautions be taken and facial coverings be worn.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion Post 15 or V.F.W. Post 286.