Nov. 16, 1919-July 5, 2007
HERMISTON - Ralph Woodrow Wallace of Hermiston died in his sleep on Thursday, July 5, 2007, at Rose Arbor Assisted Living Facility in Hermiston. He was 87. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston. Burial will follow at Hermiston Cemetery.
Mr. Wallace was born Nov. 16, 1919, to James and Ezma Circle Wallace in Borden, Saskatche- wan, Canada. He and his family moved from Canada to Careywood, Idaho, when he was 15. He graduated from high school in Sandpoint, Idaho, and attended Kingman Business College.
He married Lou Hesselgesser in 1946. He lived and worked in Athol, Idaho; Barstow, Calif.; Hanford, Wash.; and Ordnance before building a home in Hermiston. He came to the Hermiston area to work on the McNary Dam and built schools, churches, commercial buildings and many fine homes during his working career as a carpenter and builder.
He and his wife also owned and operated a Farmers Insurance Agency between 1949-1965.
Mr. Wallace married Pegge Caudle in 1970 and remained with her until her death in 2003. Ralph and Pegge were extraordinary square and round dancers and members of the Prairie Shufflers and the Square Knots for 30 years. As snowbirds in Apache Junction, Ariz., they danced every day.
He was an avid gardener and won some Blue Ribbons at the Umatilla County Fair for his produce. He enjoyed working with wood, bird watching, reading, camping, hunting, fishing, water skiing and a good joke. He endeavored to practice the "Golden Rule" in all of his business and personal relations.
He is survived by sons Doug and wife Nancy of Pilot Rock, Ron and wife Beth of Eugene and Dave Wallace of Springfield; daughters Tami and husband Dan Turley and Wendy Valero both of Hermiston; brothers James and wife Jeanne Wallace of Glide and Lee and wife Olive Wallace of Sweet Home; sisters Shirley and husband Merle Jewett and Carol Fiscus of Hermiston; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Pegge and sister Bonnie Bell.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.