July 26, 1922-Nov. 3, 2004
BENKELMAN -- Merle Wallace, 82, died Wednesday (Nov. 3, 2004) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman.
He was born July 26, 1922, to George Washington and Iva Marie (Starling) Wallace in Tarkio, Mo. In 1937, the family moved from Missouri to Kanarado, Kan., and from there to Benkelman.
On March 15, 1942, he entered the U.S. Army. He was stationed in the European Theater of Operations with the 803rd Tank Destroyer Battalion. He served in Normandy, North France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe campaigns, earning five Bronze Stars. He was discharged Oct. 1, 1945.
On Dec. 1, 1945, he married Elaine Winnifred Wilson in St. Francis. The couple moved to Southern California for a short time before returning to Benkelman. He was an auto mechanic and served one term as Dundy County Sheriff. He worked several years as a lineman for the City of Benkelman. After his retirement he worked at the Benkelman Country Club as a greens keeper.
He was a member of the Benkelman Volunteer Fire Department, the Justice Lodge AF and AM of Benkelman, the Martin Bowles American Legion Post No. 65, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4178 both of Benkelman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Rollin and Sterling Wallace; and one sister, Georgia Fish.
Survivors include his wife, Elaine Wallace of Benkelman; sons, Barry Wallace and wife, June of Sidney and Kelly Wallace and wife, Sue of Mansfield, Texas; two brothers, Bud Wallace and wife, Marguerite of Agra, Kan., and Norman Wallace and wife, Jeanine of Denver, Colo.; one sister, Marsha Smith of Goodland, Kan.; six grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
Services are Saturday, 1:30 p.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with Marcine Farmer, PMA, officiating. Interment will be at Benkelman Cemetery with military honors.
Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of the arrangements.