Bill passed away at his home in Gresham, Oregon on November 10, 2018. Born in Hood River, Oregon on February 22, 1936, he was the son of Lloyd M. and Eda P. Wallace.
Over the course of his adult life, Bill served in the U.S. Army, two of those years in Germany. Later in civilian life, he joined Clan Wallace Society, assisting at Games and convening on occasion. Bill was part of the group attending the Gathering in Estes Park in 2009. In addition to his Clan Wallace association, he was part of the Northwest Scots Honor Guard, including serving as commander, presenting our nation’s colors at parades and Scottish events across the Pacific Northwest.
Bill was married to his wife, Ada, for nearly 49 years. Bill is survived by four children: Greg, DeNeice, Angelia and Wayne, eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
A memorial service was held for Bill on December 2, 2018 at the Rockwood Seventh-day Adventist Church in Gresham.
The Clan Wallace Society (CWS) is sad to inform its members that we have lost another good friend. William (Bill) John Wallace passed away on the 15th of April at the age of 75 after a year-long fight with pancreatic cancer, departing from “this life to more life.”
Bill was born in Waupaca, Wisconsin. At the age of 20, he enlisted in the Army as a private, attended OCS and graduated a 2LT. In 1962, Bill met Norma Hoefer of Freeport, Illinois. They were married on June 6, 1964. Norma was the bedrock of his life. In the Gaelic, Norma was known as Bill’s anam cara (soul friend). Many times at CWS annual meetings and gatherings, you could see Bill and Norma walking hand-in-hand like they had just started dating, and they did so for their 53+ years of marriage.
With Norma at his side (sometimes figuratively), Bill completed two combat tours in Vietnam; one as a 1LT Infantry Heavy Mortar Platoon Leader; and one as a helicopter pilot with the rank of CPT. He also completed a three-year assignment to Saudi Arabia. Bill retired as Chief of Concepts and Studies Division, Director of Combat Development after 24 years in the Army with the rank of LTC.
Bill then worked in the Aerospace industry with McDonnel Douglas/Boeing for 16 years in management. He and Norma settled in Bend, Oregon in 2006.
Bill was a Council Member of the Clan Wallace Society and was elected to the Board of Directors. During his nine (9) year tenure on the Board, he was the Treasurer, Executive Vice President, and President from 2007 through 2009.
Bill is survived by Norma and their sons William Wayne Wallace and family Rafif Jouejati and grandsons Adam Wallace and Ramsey Wallace of Virginia; and CSM Douglas Dwight Wallace and Nicole Nikrandt Wallace and grandson Cayden Wallace of Wisconsin.
A celebration of Bill’s life took place at the First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary in Bend, OR on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Bill will be interred in the columbarium of Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia at a future date to be announced. Bill will be greatly missed by his loving wife Norma and their family and friends. He will also be missed by his CWS family. We bid farewell to a good man and a good friend.
Ben passed away on 18 June 2017 at the age of 76. He was born 20 March 1941 in Talladega, Alabama to Benjamin Franklin and Rachel Lucille (Hurst) Howard. He attended the Talladega City school system, graduating from Talladega High School in 1959. Ben attended Auburn University, Alabama for two years prior to enlisting in the Air Force. He had two AA degrees in Aircraft Maintenance and Instructor of Technology. He graduated from Park College in Parkville, Missouri with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Human Resources in 1984. He graduated from Golden Gate University San Francisco, California in 1987 with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Human Resources.
He enlisted in the United States Air Force on 12 July 1961, serving on Air Force bases from Kansas to New York, New Hampshire, California, and Arizona. Additionally, he served overseas in the Philippine Islands, Guam, Okinawa, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Korea, Thailand, and Indonesia. He arrived at Williams Air Force Base(AFB) in 1971. He would always say that when he drove through the main gate, he was “home”. There was a special vibe at “Willie” and he enjoyed his 11 years there very much. Beginning as a reciprocating engine mechanic, he later cross-trained into jet engines, became a Quality Control Inspector and spent the last four years of his career as a Field Training Master Instructor, retiring from active duty at Williams Air Force Base in August, 1981 as a Master Sergeant.
As a civilian, Ben worked for Garrett Turbine Engine Company for one year and from there returned as a Civil Service employee to Williams (AFB) in 1982. Upon Williams AFB closing in August, 1992, Ben transferred to Luke AFB, Arizona where he retired as Chief of Resources, GS-12, for the 56th Civil Engineering Squadron in March, 2007. He worked for the Department of the Air Force for over 44 years. Ben loved all things Scottish and loved aviation and military history. He was a lifetime member of Clan Wallace International through his great-grandmother, Bertha Wallace Howard. He was a lifetime member of the Scottish American Military Society (SAMS), and for three years, served as Commander of the SAMS Color Guard. He was affectionately known as “Bubba”.
Ben was a devoted family man. He enjoyed being with his children and grandchildren whenever possible and when not, would make sure to phone them frequently. He loved to read and enjoyed travelling. But when a trip was over, he loved coming home. He always had a big smile on his face with a joke or story just waiting to be told. Ben was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Donna Kay Howard, and stepson, Steven Andrew Murray. He is survived by the love of his life, Mary Kathryn Murray, daughters, Lisa Dianne Herren (Mitch) of Wichita, Kansas, Lori Lynn Miller (Craig) of Lawrence, Kansas, son, Scott G. Howard (Rachel) of Queen Creek, Arizona, daughter, Elizabeth Sheldon (Joseph) of Lincoln, Kansas, stepson, David Ryan Murray of Mesa, Arizona, 13 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and another great-grandchild due in October.
He was truly blessed. We love and miss you. God bless and keep you in his care. Forever loved. Never forgotten.
The Clan Wallace Society has lost a good friend. William Hamilton Wallace passed away on March 3rd, nearly 95 years of age. He was born on a homestead ranch in Gilbert, Arizona. He lost his father when he was six. Sadly, they lost the ranch shortly thereafter, yet he retired at 62 financially independent.
Bill distinguished himself as an Eagle Scout, valedictorian of his senior class, and the fourth Arizonian to graduate from the United States Coast Guard Academy. He married his college sweetheart, went to war, raised a family of five, and dared himself to start his own business.
But this is not his story. He built his life on hard work, keeping his word, and showing kindness to others. He was a grand gentleman and will be remembered as a good, honest and kind man.
He is survived by Laurie Wallace Herrero, Susan Mann, Alison Swanson, Hamilton Wallace, Jim Wallace, nine grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.
Bill attended many Scottish Games, and several Clan Wallace Society Gatherings, where many members got to meet him and witnessed his very likeable demeanor. He will be dearly missed by his family, and his Clan Wallace Society family.
Mrs. Anne Marie Lindig Wallace passed away Wednesday, January 4th, at the age of 85.
Anne Marie is survived by 2 daughters and one son: Jean Marie Kendall and husband Jon of Salado; Stephen Duke Wallace and wife Barbara of Pleasanton, CA; Jo Anne Wallace McIntosh and husband Jim of Austin; 8 grandchildren and sisters-in-law: Mary Lindig of Hye and Mathilda Lindig of Fredericksburg.
Anne Marie was born July 25, 1931 in Gillespie County, to Max Christian Lindig and Frieda Meier Lindig. She married Joe Perry Wallace November 23, 1957, in Fredericksburg. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and siblings: Else Preas, Ernst Lindig, Emilie Hansen and Theo Lindig.
She received a Bachelor of Science on May 25, 1953, and later in life went back to school to receive her Master of Art Education at East Texas State University on August 13, 1976. During her career as a school teacher, she taught in five different school districts, Waco ISD, Fredericksburg ISD, Howe ISD, West ISD and Killeen ISD, where she received many awards for her excellence in teaching. After retiring from teaching, she was a co-owner of the Kwik Kopy shop in Temple, Texas. She spent her life volunteering and serving others, including being an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Sherman, Texas, being a co-founder and lifetime achievement recipient of the Clan Wallace Society, and serving on the board of the Central Texas Area.
Graveside services for Ann Marie Wallace will be 10 a.m., Saturday, January 7th, in the Lindig Cemetery. Funeral services will follow at 11:30 a.m., in Trinity Lutheran Church, with Rev. Percy Smerek officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Capt. Edward Grant Ries, Jr.
San Diego, CA
Sept 12, 1939 – March 29, 2016
Captain Edward Grant Ries, USMC passed away, Tuesday, March 29th, after a valiant battle against cancer.
Ed was known to many in the Southern California Scottish Community, and served as the convener for Clan Wallace for many years. For several years, he served as part of the Color Guard in the Salute to Veterans at Scottish Fest USA, over Memorial Day weekend, at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, where he will be accorded honors this year.
Ed wrote several excellent historical novels over the past few years, all of which are available through Amazon. He held a PhD in engineering, and taught at university level, as well as working in the private sector.
His first book was entitled ‘Legacy of Honor’; a fitting one, for such a gallant gentleman.
Ed was a devoted husband, father, and friend.
A church service was held Saturday, and a funeral internment ceremony took take place Thursday, April 7th at 1:00 PM at Miramar National Cemetery, section 9 site 561.
Semper Fi Skipper! Your duty here is completed. Your next and final duty station, will be at the Gates of Heaven.
It is with much sadness that we report past president of the Clan Wallace Society Jim (Marcus) Wallace passed on July 16, 2016. Marcus J. (Jim) Wallace Jr. was born in Port Neches, Texas in 1937. He spent most of his early life in Texas where he graduated from Port Neches High school. Then he went on to continue his education and graduated from Texas A&M, school of Engineering. Yes, Dad was an Aggie! He told and loved Aggie jokes with the best of ’em. He moved to California after college when he joined the Coast Guard. After a few years of active duty, he became a reservist and then got a job with the phone company and moved to Houston, then to St. Louis and finally settled in Oklahoma City for a long career with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. I think his heart was always in Texas though. He loved the people, the food and Aggie football! He married Janet Sue Sampson and they raised 2 children, Donna and David. He moved back to Texas a little over a year after Mom passed away to be close to his family and especially his grandkids. Jim enjoyed cooking, grilling outdoors and making unique dishes and not telling you what it was until after you ate it. Dad had a mischievous side that was fun to see. Corinth, TX is where he lived out his life, enjoying genealogy and trying to track down long lost family. He republished several books about William Wallace, participated in DNA studies, loved traveling to and attending Scottish games in the US and Canada while representing Clan Wallace. A special place in his heart was spending time with his children and grandchildren Heather, Joshua and Johnathan and his two (soon to be three) great grandchildren Jordan, Finnleigh and one on the way. Jim passed away on July 16, 2016. He will be dearly missed. Whenever I see a can of kipper snacks or lately vanilla bean shakes from Sonic, I will think of you Dad. Going to Mi Terra and traveling the back roads will never be the same. We will make one more trip to OK and place you beside Mom. We love you. The family asks in lieu of flowers you send a donation to the Central Texas Area Museum – Salado, TX
Hail to Our Chief
Ian Francis Wallace
35th of that Ilk
1926 – 2016
Ian Wallace, 89, was an energetic fighter for and protector of Scotland’s place in the world, in the realms of technology, the arts, and of politics. He used his skills learned from a lifetime in international business to work closely with Edinburgh University, wielding not cold steel, but financial acumen, in achieving the commercial development of its researchers’ ideas. A principal project of the University’s venture capital Quantum Fund, of which he was a founder director in 1985, was the digital “vision chip”, now found in every mobile phone, camera, and drone.
Wallace was driven by a sense of frustration that Scotland had lost out to the United States in the race to be at the forefront of vision technology. This he blamed on the failure of financiers at home to move fast enough in support of her innovators’ work. In the 1980s he became a consultant to the University’s Centre for Industrial Liaison and Consultancy. Wallace also helped to establish the University’s Centre for Human Ecology, taking a longstanding interest in promoting and developing the wider application of renewable energy.
In support of Scotland’s music, he took part in the management of the Scottish Baroque Ensemble, and for the visual arts, helped to establish the Leith School of Art, where he became a regular student at classes. But it was in politics that a strong will, undoubtedly passed down seven centuries from his illustrious ancestor, made itself felt. He did not shrink from dismaying some of his friends by taking part, in the 1970s, in the earliest campaign for a Scottish Assembly, which led to the referendum on Scottish Devolution in 1979 and the establishment of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh 20 years later.
“He was passionate about Scotland and its potential as an independent nation”, his family recall. Nevertheless he displayed sensitivity in the potentially divisive debates that followed. “He remained absolutely resolute,” it is remembered of him, “but good-humoured.“
Wallace was 35th head of what is known, in Highland fashion, to its worldwide adherents as the “Clan Wallace”, but is in fact a Lowland family that originated from the south-west of Scotland. His tenure as chief coincided with the 700th anniversary, in 2005, of the execution of Sir William Wallace by King Edward I of England in London in 1305.
The son of Colonel Robert Francis Hurter Wallace of that Ilk, CMG, and of his wife Euphemia, herself a colonel’s daughter, Wallace was the youngest of three brothers. The eldest, Malcolm, from whom he inherited the Wallace chiefship in 1991, served with the Black Watch in the Second World War, Korea and Borneo; was Mentioned in Dispatches, and rose to be a Lieutenant Colonel. The other, Donald, was killed in action in Normandy in 1944.
Ian Francis Wallace was educated at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire, England, and did his national service in the army from 1944, going on to serve as a Lieutenant in the Middle East Land Forces (Arab Legion) in Palestine between 1946 and 1948. His experiences there made him, for the rest of his life, a committed supporter of the Palestinian cause.
He went up to New College, Oxford, in 1948 to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics, graduating MA in 1951. There followed two years pursuing business studies at the Centre d’Etudes Industrielles, Geneva, during which Wallace also proved himself as a mountaineer, conquering, among other ascents, the Matterhorn. He also acquired a lifelong love of skiing.
He began his business career in 1954 with the Aluminium Ltd Group of Companies (Alcan), working in Canada and in Britain until 1959. He then joined the British-Australian mining company Rio Tinto Zinc Corporation (RTZ), now Rio Tinto Group.
In 1963, he married Teresa Hyne Buckingham, a clergyman’s daughter, and they would have two sons, Andrew and James, and a daughter, Henrietta.
Wallace spent much of his working life based in London at RTZ’s headquarters, and was not to bring his family back to Scotland until 1977.
The advent of the 1995 film Braveheart, directed by the American actor Mel Gibson, who also played William Wallace, and which set off a worldwide cult of the Scotland’s hero, proved something of an ordeal for Wallace. He did not care for the film’s sensational aspects, nor for what he saw as the liberties it took with history, but, friends remember, “ he weathered the Braveheart phenomenon with characteristically quiet good humour”.
Wallace remained all his life proud of his ancestor, who as one of the Guardians of Scotland was briefly head of state at the end of the 13th century, following his victory over the English at the battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. One of a number of ceremonies which took place in 2005 to mark the 700 years since the first Wallace’s death was at Stirling, site of the 19th-century Wallace Monument, now a focus of pilgrimage by enthusiasts worldwide.
Ian Wallace is survived by his wife and his three children. His son Andrew succeeds him as 36th Chief. Just as did his ancestor, Ian Wallace took a broad view of the causes he supported, his favourite quotation being from GK Chesterton’s tale, “The Hammer of God”: “Humility is the mother of giants; one sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.”
Chief Ian Francis Wallace will be missed by his family and the entire worldwide family of Wallace.
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 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.