The Clan Wallace Society-Worldwide is deeply saddened by the passing of

Norman C. Knight
1930 ~ Woodslee, Ontario, Canada ~ 2014

Norm Knight, the loving husband of our own Advisory Director for Canada, Dorothy (Wallace) Knight, passed away on Thursday, June 12, 2014 surrounded by his family. Norm and Dorothy were best friends and married for almost 63 years.

Norm was a retiree of Chrysler Corporation with 36 years of service, where he was a spay painter and worked in the "re-work" department refinishing imperfections resulting from the manufacturing process. He was a member of Woodslee IOOF Lodge and past director of the Woodslee Credit Union and Federation of Agriculture. He had many interests but wood working was his passion. He and Dorothy enjoyed their many travels to Scotland, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and especially Italy where he visited his brother's grave in Ortona.

Norm was a very active Annual member of the Clan Wallace Society World Wide wherein he assisted Dorothy in her many activities associated with the CWS. Norm was a very nice guy, as many of us in the CWS knew from our contacts with him over the years and at the Calgary Gathering in 2012.

The Board and Council of the Clan Wallace Society Worldwide express their heartfelt sorrow to Norm's family at his passing. He will be greatly missed by his beloved wife Dorothy, sons Craig and Jon, and daughter Norma Jean, and six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and the many nieces and nephews.

William Wayne Wallace
1939 ~ Canyon Lake, TX ~ 2011

William Wayne Wallace departed this earth on July 29, 2011 in the presence of his loving wife.  He was born February 15, 1939 in Belton, Texas. His birth was on the White Family Farm in Bell County.

Wayne attended Texas A&M University and graduated with honors in 1963 with a degree in Engineering.  He later received his Professional Engineer License and worked for 13 years with Aramco in Saudi Arabia, before he retired.  He was actively involved with the Southwest Texas Archeological Society.  He was a Council Member of the Clan Wallace Society Worldwide and a Convener in Texas for many years.  He was the brother to Past President Marcus "Jim" Wallace, and uncle to current Secretary and Board Member, Donna Kay Wallace.

Wayne was a quiet man with that slow Texas drawl, and unique in his love of family and friends.  He was a Patriot, Conservationist, Adventurer, and a proud man of our Heritage. He had a keen interest in nature and her history.  He is survived by four children, 12 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.  He is much loved by his family and will be dearly missed.

Richard Wallis, Sr.
1937 ~ Liverpool, PA ~ 2011

Richard W. Wallis Sr. passed away at home with his family by his side-July 14, 2011.  He was 74.  He was a member of Clan Wallace Society since the late 90's.  He worked for Greyhound Bus Lines as a freight/baggage handler.  Richard was also a poultry farmer for about 30 years, some of it at the same time as his greyhound job.

He was a 50 year member of the Free & Accepted Masons-Lodge 371.  Richard or "Turtle" to his friends was an active member of his church, in the choir and co-chair of their Apple Butter Boil committee.  He was well-known and loved in the Liverpool, PA community and would always be there to help a friend in need.

He loved golf, watching sports and spending time with his family.  He is survived by his wife of 49 years Sandra, and his 3 adult children-Bob, Tim, and Richard Jr., who convenes the PA area Games.

Laurie Isdell
?? ~ San Jose, CA ~ 2011

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Clan Wallace Society Lifetime member Laurie Isdell on April 29, 2011.  She had been battling breast cancer for the past five years. Laurie is survived by her husband Dan. Dan & Laurie were very active convening Clan Wallace Society tents at games & festivals in central California.  A celebration of Laurie's life was held at the Sacramento Valley Scottish Games & Festival in Woodland, CA on Saturday, May 7, 2011.

Roger William Wallace
1923 ~ Albuquerque, NM ~ 2010

Roger William Wallace was born on June 14, 1923 in Las Vegas, New Mexico and passed away on December 19, 2010 in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area.  The family of Roger thanks their many friends and relatives whose sympathy and thoughtfulness will always be remembered and deeply appreciated.

I have known Roger and his family since 1996.  He was very proud of his Scottish heritage. His grandfather emigrated to New Mexico from Scotland.  He was proud of his family and especially his daughters, Sandra and Patricia.

Roger was a Director of the Clan Wallace Society 2000– 2002.  He was very appreciative of the policy which allowed anyone with an interest in Scottish history, it’s influence on America, and a belief in the principles of this society to become a member. He enrolled many members of his family as Council Members.

Roger served for 5 years in the European Theater during WW II.  He was a truck driver and participated in the “Red Ball Express.”  After the war he was an organizer for the Teamsters Union.  He started in the Western Conference and then was promoted to Director—Food Processing and Cannery Central Division.  He remained a consultant for the Teamsters Union after his retirement.

He is missed by all who knew him.  Although his health prevented him from traveling to games the past few years, he remained an enthusiastic supporter of the activities of Clan Wallace Society (Worldwide).

By Marcus J. (Jim) Wallace

Thomas Benjamin Wallace
1930 ~ Converse, TX ~ 2010

Annual Member Thomas Benjamin Wallace of Converse, TX.  He served in the Korean War and two tours of duty in Viet Nam where he received the Purple Heart. He retired in 1970 and is survived by his wife Gerry.

Richard A Wallace
    ~ Marysville, CA ~2010

Long time Clan Wallace Society Worldwide Council Member and Convener Richard Andrew Wallace, 87, of Marysville, CA passed away peacefully with his wife Janice & family by his side on March 25th, 2010.  Born in Philipsburg, PA.  A Yuba Sutter resident since 1964.  Retired Air Force with 26 yrs. of service in 3 Wars, World War II, Korea & Vietnam.

His passion was his family.  A love for his wife, Jan, for 56 wonderful yrs.  His 3 children; Joanne Wallace, husband Rick, Andy Wallace, wife Pam, Priscilla Wurm, husband Vint. 6 randchildren; Lee Foster IV, wife Heather, Richard Foster, Logan Wurm, Casey Wallace, Tyler Wallace & Andrew Wallace. 4 Great grandchildren, Levi Foster V, Georgia Foster, Kayla Wallace & Lexi Wallace.  Richard enjoyed his retirement while doing woodworking, Dutch Oven cooking, promoting Clan Wallace Society & traveling.

Full Military Memorial Service will be held on April 3, 10am at Ullrey Chapel in Marysville, CA

Obituary from the The Appeal-Democrat.  More information to follow.
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James Harrison Wallace
1948 ~Greenville, KY ~2009

Long time Clan Wallace Society Worldwide Council Member James Harrison Wallace, 61, of Greenville, Kentucky died Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at Muhlenberg Community Hospital in Greenville. He was born Sept. 29, 1948, in Hammond, Ind., was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a phlebotomist and a member of First Christian Church, Greenville.  Jim, along with several members of his family, was active in Scottish Affairs and participated at Games and Festivals in the Midwest, being a regular at the Glasgow Kentucky Highland Games.  His absence will be felt by those who knew this pleasant and interesting gentleman.   Jim was preceded in death by grandson, Silas Harrison; parents Paul and Ione; and brother Joey.

Survivors include: his wife, Coni Theios Wallace; sons: Justin (Nicole), Damon and Heath; grandchildren: Turner and Jaxon; sister: Paula (Jamie); nephews: Thomas (Robin), Todd, Seth and Andrew; great-niece: Courtney; great-nephews: Gideon and Ben (Kelsey); father and mother-in-law: John and Glenda; sister-in-law: Robin; and many relatives and friends.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to: Monroe Carell Jr., Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt Gift Processing Office, PMB 407727, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37240-7727.

William B Wallace
1917 ~ McMinnville, Oregon ~ 2009

William B. ("Bill") Wallace passed away quietly in his sleep at the age of 91 on the morning of Wed. May 20, 2009, after a brief but precipitous decline following complications from a stroke.

Bill was born on June 14, 1917 in Kearney, NJ to Anna (McManus) & James Wallace of Paisley, Scotland.

Bill was a lifelong patron of the arts, & enjoyed jazz band & choir concerts, theatre, ballet & dining in Manhattan, NY for many years before enjoying the same, on a smaller scale, upon his retirement to McMinnville, Oregon at the age of 86.

His first job was as a "Bobbin boy" at the Coates & Clark Thread Co., & he spoke fondly of the opportunity to work & live a rugged, outdoor life as a teenage member of the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC's) in Idaho during the Depression.

He had a long career as a precision toolmaker, machinist & aerospace manufacturer.  Among his contributions to early rocketry, Bill helped design & build the X-15 rocket engine & the Lunar Excursion Module.  He was founder & President of his company, Mechanical Laboratories, Inc.

Bill had a life-long love of music.  He was an accomplished drummer, and dabbled in piano & "vibes". While playing at an event, Bill met & fell in love with the darkly beautiful Teresa Morman.  They eloped on the train to Maryland, but found on their return that the event was not received well by either sets of parents.  They were married (again!) on July 13, 1941 at St. Cecelia's Roman Catholic Church in Kearney, NJ.  They had six children.

Bill participated in the Allied Invasion of Normandy in WW II as an engineer with the Merchant Marines supply fleet.

Bill will be remembered warmly for a generous heart, a forgiving spirit and for his cosmopolitan taste in clothes, food and jazz.  He had a vibrant and playful sense of humor, & often spoke of his namesake, William Wallace.  He spoke of being one in a 400 year line of Williams born to Jameses born to Williams, & deeply treasured his Scottish roots.  On a recent visit to the Highland Games in Oregon, Bill met the President of the Clan Wallace Society & was delighted to learn he may very well have been the oldest member of the Clan in America.

Chev. James (Jim) Anthony Wallace Schmelzer KCTJ, KST
1935 - 2009

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, October 12, 1935 to Thelma Fox Schmelzer and Anthony Schmelzer Jr., Jim Schmelzer died peacefully in the afternoon on March 28, 2009 of cancer after a long illness. He leaves no immediate family but many, many good friends. Jim was an active Council Member of the Clan Wallace Society Worldwide, a member of The St. Andrew Society of Baltimore, a Knight in the Order of Sao Teatonio, and a Knight Commander in the Priory of St. James of Jerusalem of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem; also known as the Knights Templar.

Jim got his bachelor's degree from University of Arkansas; Masters from Northern Illinois in DeKalb and worked on his PhD at the University of Maryland at College park; he then taught Art and Art History in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, and retired from Montgomery County, MD. He loved life, cooking, dining, theater, his friends, and all things Scottish. We will miss you Jim.

A memorial service was held at 10:00AM Saturday April, 18, 2009 at St. John Neuman Church, 620 Bestgate Road, Annapolis, MD.   MAP

In lieu of flowers, he asked you to contribute to your favorite school or environmental group, such as The Nature Conservancy or The Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Karen Schives
1942 ~ Chatham Ontario ~ 2008

CWSW member, Karen Schives, 66 of Chatham Ontario passed away December 28, 2008 after a lengthy illness.  Karen leaves her husband Bob, 3 daughters, and 4 grandchildren.  She was the sister of CWSW member Beverly Rock of Fergus, Ont. and cousin to CWSW Canadian Commissioner Dorothy Wallace Knight. of Woodslee, Ontario.

Murray C (Mike) Walker Jr.
1923 ~ Silver Spring, MD ~ 2008

Clan Wallace Council Member (#878) MURRAY C. WALKER, JR. "Mike" On Thursday, October 9, 2008. Beloved husband of Betty J. Walker and the late Peggy J. Walker; father of Kevin B. Walker, Michelle D. Mosier and Kim T. Vichich; brother of Jean Knight. Also survived by 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was also a Knight Commander in the Priory of St. James of Jerusalem, SMOTJ, where he served as Treasurer.

Relatives and friends may call at COLLINS FUNERAL HOME, 500 University Blvd., West, Silver Spring, MD, Monday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. where service will be held on Tuesday, October 14, at 1 p.m. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery. in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Hospital Foundation, 11801 Tech Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904.

Herbert Halliday Wright
1920 ~ Annandale, Virginia ~ 2008

Clan Wallace Council Member (#196) Herbert Halliday Wright of Annandale, Virginia passed away on June 28, 2008 at age 88.  He was a long time member of Clan Wallace Society (Worldwide).  Herbert was a native of Washington, D.C. and grew up at the Anderson House on Massachusetts Avenue.  He was a graduate of Western High School.  He apprenticed as a printer and worked for the Government Printing Office for over 45 years.  Herbert served on the Board of the Central Fairfax Services and was licensed as a Lay Eucharistic Minister by the Episcopal Bishop of Virginia.  He is predeceased by a son, Andrew Wright.  Survivors include his wife of over 60 years, Ella H. Wright; children Catherine Ann Wright, and Frederick W. Wright and granddaughter Emma Seibert Wright.  Burial took place at National Memorial Park on July 3, 2008.  Donations may be made to the Catherine Ann Wright Fund at Central Fairfax Services, 6860 Commercial Drive, Springfield, VA 22151.

Peggy H. Wallace-Webbe
1921~ Johnson City, Tennessee ~ 2008

The Clan Wallace Society (Worldwide) is saddened to announce the death of Peggy H. Wallace-Webbe who passed away June 22. She was a resident of Johnson City, Tennessee.

She was a council member of CWS, since 1965. She served several years as a director of the society and I believe 2 years as secretary. She was 87 years old at the time of her death. She and her husband Thomas B. Wallace were two of the very first members of the Society. They were both Council members. Her son Thomas B. Wallace III is a past President of the Society.

Paul Addison Wallace
1960 ~ Port Arthur, TX ~ 2008

Clan Wallace Life Member (#872) Paul Addison Wallace, 48, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away at his residence on June 12, 2008.  He was born in Port Arthur on April 9, 1960 to Marcus James and Mary Hebert Wallace.  He was the loving son of Mary Wallace of Port Arthur; brother of Michael Dale Wallace of Port Arthur, Lowry Wallace of Port Arthur, Lloyd Wallace of Mt. Vernon, Everett Wallace of Mt. Vernon, CWS Past-President Marcus James Wallace, Jr. of Corinth, William Wayne Wallace of Canyon Lake, and Ruth Wallace of Port Arthur, all of Texas.  He was preceded in death by his father, Marcus James Wallace.

A graveside service was Monday, June 16th at 2:00 p.m. at Greenhill Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.  Paul was buried in his kilt with his staff by his side. His brothers and sister were all members of Clan Wallace Society.

William H.S. Wallace, Sr.

William Henry Shaw Wallace, Sr.
1923 ~ Churchton, MD ~ 2008

Clan Wallace Councilman (#24) William H.S. Wallace, Sr. passed away after a long illness on Friday, April 18, 2008.   Beloved husband of Katherine D. Wallace and devoted father of member William H.S. Wallace, Jr. (Betsy) and Grandfather of Ian, all CWS Members, Robert E Wallace, M. Elizabeth Bachert, Donald R Dixon, Jr., Beverly D Shaklee and Patricia D. Pugliese. He is also survived by 11 grand children and three great-grandsons.  He wasz preceded in death by his first wife Martha Owens Wallace, parents of William H.S. and Elizabeth Shuey Wallace, and a brother George F. Wallace.

A funeral service and celebration of his life was held at Friendship United Methodist Church, Friendship, MD.He was intered at Marylands Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham. MD with Merchant Marine Coast Guard Honors.

Skip Berg Obit Photo

Dr. Dean Rae (Skip) Berg
1956 ~ Edmonds, WA ~ 2007

Clan Wallace Councilman, Skip passed away the night Aug. 11, 2007, of a sudden heart attack. He was 51 and leaves loving wife of 20 yrs. Kathy and Brother Neal Berg of Florida. He was a Doctor of Silviculture (Forestry Management.) while doing what he liked to do - dancing at an outdoor 60s RnR concert.

Skip was one of 12 1st- cousins of CWS Director Jim "Bowie" Wallace. "I helped my Cousins Darrell Wallace and Skip Berg set up and convene the PNW Games in Enumclaw, WA in 2006, which they convened again in July 2007.

- "Jim Bowie" Wallace
Dean Rae Berg Photo Memorial
"Here is an impromptu photo memorial of Skip's life, an extraordinary brother and eco-warrior. See: The childhood photos were taken by his loving and surviving father Don, while the later photos have come from family, friends and me. Kathy, his wife has just begun the planning stages of a formal celebration for the last weekend of September (9/29) in Seattle."
- Neal Berg

Dr. Robert E. H. Puntenney
1917 ~ McMinnville, OR ~ 2007

Robert E. H. Puntenney, M.D., a great supporter of the Clan Wallace Society and Scottish History, passed away suddenly at his home in McMinnville, OR, on January 1, 2007. He was 89 years old.

He was born in Holly, CO on September 7, 1917, to Elma Grace Wallace Puntenney and Francis Herbert Puntenney. His mother, a Wallace by birth, immigrated to America directly from Scotland.

He attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He then went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Kansas and a specialty in Urology at UCLA in California. From there he held multiple teaching positions at UCLA, Stanford University, University of Iowa, and University of Nebraska medical schools. In these positions he was the recipient of numerous professional medical awards and service commendations.

He served in the Navy from 1942 to 1953, entering the service at the beginning of World War II as an enlisted man. Soon he was promoted to an officer and rose through those ranks as well. In 1952 he married Rosemarie Daniels and began raising a family.

Prior to his retirement in 1978, he accepted a position with the Veterans Administration Hospitals as a Chief of Staff where he was dedicated to improving the services provided to military veterans. After retirement, he continued with active participation in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion.

His personal beliefs held an extremely strong dedication not only to his total family, but also to his heritage and he passed that on to his children. His son, Robert A. Puntenney, had the pleasure of enrolling him as a Life Member in Clan Wallace in September 1998, in tribute to his Wallace heritage, of which he had a very strong pride.

He is survived by his wife, 4 sons, 1 daughter, 13 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. He was dearly loved by both his family and his medical patients, and will be deeply missed by all. The entire Clan Wallace Society expresses its heartfelt condolences to Rosemarie and her family.

Robert J. Calhoun
Zionsville, PA ~ May 23, 2007

"It is with deep regret that I inform the Clan Wallace Society of the passing of Robert J. Calhoun, life member #1018 on May 23, 2007.  Robert is survived by his wife Jean, two sons and a daughter.  We both attended and graduated from Haverford H.S. in 1944-he in January, and I in June.  The school is located in suburban Philadelphia PA. Robert served in the U.S. Army in WW II where he saw combat in the European theater.  I have lost a good friend, and our Society has lost a man who served his country in a time of need."

        Submitted by Charles T. Wallace, Tucson, AZ

Leonard C. (Chuck) Bearman
Valdosta GA ~ December 27, 2006

Leonard C. Bearman, known to all as Chuck, passed away on December 27, 2006. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Alta, and his daughter, Linda, as well as a large circle of people who felt honored that Chuck considered them his friends.

Chuck devoted his life to government service. After graduation from Tri State University with a degree in civil engineering, he served two years in the U.S. Army. Following his Army service, Chuck moved to the Army Corps of Engineers as a civil service employee and worked for the Corps for 35 years, including a number of years of overseas service in Austria and Italy.

Chuck also had a passion for flying and earned a private pilot's license, using it to good effect as a member of the Florida Coast Guard Auxiliary, assisting in search and rescue operations and drug smuggling interdiction. Other favorite hobbies of Chuck were bowling and golf. He was also a Master Mason.

Chuck's real passion was his Scottish heritage. It was in this that he had a significant impact on everyone that is proud to be a Scot. Among his many accomplishments:

  • President of the Alexandria Virginia Highland Games, which under Chuck's stewardship went from one to two days;
  • Life member of the St. Andrews Society of Washington D.C.;
  • Assisted with the formation of the Council of Scottish Clans and Associations (COSCA);
  • Charter member and founder of the Tartan Educational and Cultural Association (TECA);
  • Served as a director of the Tartan Authority Scotland;
  • Founded the St. Andrews Society of Valdosta, Georgia;
  • Served as a board member of Clan McIntosh;
  • Served as a board member and past president of Clan Wallace Society Worldwide, for which Chuck received the Clan Wallace Lifetime Achievement Award.

Chuck prided himself on helping others, especially young people. He also had a wicked sense of humor that took no prisoners. He will be greatly missed.

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