Sept. 6, 1929-April 9, 2005
HERMISTON - The funeral for Wallace "Wally" A. Radcliffe will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the chapel at Burns Mortuary of Hermiston with military honors and burial to follow at Hermiston Cemetery.
Mr. Radcliffe, 75 of Hermiston, died Saturday, April 9, 2005, at his home in Hermiston.
He was born Sept. 6, 1929, at Leonard, N.D., to William and Mary Bartholomay Radcliffe. In 1937, he moved with his family to Amenia, N.D. where he worked on the family farm and attended school.
In October 1951 he was drafted into the U.S. Army Artillery, serving with Battery 780th Fa Bn APO 301. He served in Korea and for 19 months, drove ammo trucks at night to the front lines. The stories he shared with his family of this experience were overwhelming. The sound of the enemy bugles blowing on attacks was a constant reminder to him for the rest of his life of the service he gave to his country. In April 1960 he received an honorable discharge as a Cpl (E-4). During his military service he received the Korean Service Medal, with 4 bronze service stars, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
In 1954, he married Ruth Helling. They were parents of three children, Barbara, David and Judy and lived in Blanchard, N.D., where they farmed and had an Ayrshire dairy herd. They later moved to Enderlin, N.D., where Mr. Radcliffe purchased a Minneapolis Moline Implement Store. They divorced.
He met Mary Sprankle Lofing at Billings, Mont. They moved to Prosser, Wash., in 1965 and were married at Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on Feb. 11, 1966. He became dad to his new wife's two children, Dennis and Sandy.
Mr. Radcliffe worked for Pendleton Grain Growers as a truck driver transferring, in 1971, to PGG in Hermiston where he worked until his retirement in 1995.
The Radcliffes made their home in Hermiston.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing pinochle, having family gatherings where he could show off his wonderful barbecue skills and he enjoyed dancing with his wife, whom he lost this past November.
It was said he would be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, generosity and loving heart for family and friends.
Survivors include his son, Dennis Lofing of Hermiston, daughter, Sandy Hunter and her husband, Steve, of Hermiston, son, David Radcliffe of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., daughters, Judy Radcliffe of Seattle, and Barbara Radcliffe of Ames, Iowa; brothers, Jim Radcliffe of Lisbon, N.D., and Jerry Radcliffe and Dwight Radcliffe, both of Fargo, N.D., several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, by his parents, by a brother, Don Radcliffe and a sister, Janice Dalzell.
Memorial contributions maybe made to Vange John Memorial Hospice in Hermiston, to The Salvation Army in Pendleton or to Pet Rescue in Hermiston directly or through Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, P.O. 289, Hermiston, OR 97838.