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Richard Wallace, 88, of Greenfield
Mass of Christian Burial: Will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. John’s Catholic Church in Greenfield with burial in the Greenfield Cemetery with full military graveside rites by the Greenfield American Legion Head-Endres Post No. 265 and V.F.W. Post No. 5357. A luncheon will be held at the church following the committal services at the cemetery. Father James Ahenkora will officiate the service.
Open Visitation: Will be held at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield on Friday, February 15, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Family Visitation: The family will greet friends on Friday evening at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Scripture Service: A Scripture Service will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield on Friday, February 15, 2019.
Memorials: May be directed to the Richard Wallace memorial fund to be established by the family.
Richard “Dick” Eugene Wallace was born March 6, 1930, in Orient, Iowa, the son of Paul Henry and Esther Eleanor (Sorensen) Wallace. He passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at the Good Samaritan Society in Fontanelle, Iowa, at the age of 88.
Dick grew up in Orient and graduated from Orient High School in 1948. In high school he loved to play football and competed at state in track. He loved hanging out with friends in a group fondly named, The Bowery Gang. After graduation, he and a friend, Winston Kingery, traveled to California where they enlisted in the Unites States Navy and served in San Diego, CA.
He returned home to Orient and met and married Dorothy Weisshaar in Creston, Iowa on August 16, 1952. Three children, Linnea, Mark, and David, were born to this union.
Upon arriving in Greenfield, Dick worked at the Texaco gas station eventually opening and operating his own business, Wallace Auto Supply, in Greenfield for 38 years expanding the business to include a store in Stuart in 1968. Dick was a tireless businessman, providing service to both communities. He retired in 1996, passing the business to his son David. Dick had many hobbies and was always curious about things both old and new. He enjoyed car restoration, photography, wood working, playing bridge, painting, bird watching and gardening. He was a member of the Greenfield Lion’s Club for 60 years and a long standing member of St. John’s Catholic Church. Dick also took an active role in the restoration of the Warren opera house.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Logan Wallace, sisters-in-law, Kay Hawks and Rosie Weisshaar, and brothers-in-law, Robert Knopp, Gene Hawks, and Pierre Keitges.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Wallace of Greenfield; daughter, Linnea Kirchhoff and husband Steve of Houston, Texas; two sons, Mark Wallace of Kansas City and David Wallace and wife Connie of Greenfield; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two sisters, Judy Knopp of Seattle, Washington, and Joan Hart and husband Mike of Madison, Wisconsin; other relatives and friends.