Capt. John Wallace 1939 – 2024

John Wallace

( March 24, 1939 – January 6, 2024 )

Capt. John Wallace presenting the wreath at the Wallace 700 Society of Aberdeen wreath laying ceremony commemorating the 700th anniversary of the execution of William Wallace. (Aberdeen, Scotland, 8/21/2005)

WALTERBORO:     John Robert Wallace passed away unexpectedly Saturday afternoon, January 6, 2024 at the Trident Medical Center in Charleston after a brief illness, at the age of 84. John was born March 24, 1939 in Princeton, Indiana a son of the late Robert Floyd Wallace and Marjorie Eloise Steel Wallace.  He graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1961 and entered active duty as an Ensign, before the Coast Guard sent him to the University of Illinois, where he earned his engineering degree. For the next twenty years he served his country faithfully, rising through the ranks, before eventually retiring as a Captain.  During his career, he saw combat in the Vietnam War, and received many awards and citations to include the following:  The Meritorious Service Medal, The Coast Guard Commendation Medal with Gold Star, the Amy Commendation Medal, The Coast Guard Achievement Medal, The National Defense Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. John was extremely proud of his military service, and throughout his life he dedicated countless hours in support of veterans and their needs.  He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

John spent his civilian career serving as a county administrator in various places including Amelia, Virginia.  He was an active member of the Clan Wallace Society, a heritage group that promoted the history of Scotland and its famous martyr, William Wallace.  John was knighted in three countries and thus was known as Sir John Wallace.  Many of his friends lovingly called him “Sir John”. He also was known for many years as “Captain John” to his friends and acquaintances in the Clan Wallace Society.   John was well-known throughout Walterboro and Colleton County.  He possessed a caring and outgoing personality, and his witty stories and contagious laugh will be remembered by all that knew him.  He was a member of the Walterboro Elks Lodge #1988 and the Harley Owners Group.

In lieu of flowers, it was John’s request that memorials be made in his memory to The Wounded Warrior Project, or to the Disabled American Veterans.

Used with permission of Parker-Rhoden Funeral Home, 117 Paul Street in Walterboro.

Harry A Wallace III

S/Sgt HARRY A. WALLACE III, aka G or Wally, went on a Great Adventure on March 15, 2020.   He was really excited about being reunited with his mother,  Libbo (Elisabeth Mathews);  father, Harry Jr.;  brother, William B. Wallace; and his wonderful grandparents.

He loved his life on earth and felt like he was the most blessed man ever to be.   He is survived by his beloved wife of fifty-seven years: Buffy (Merrill); children:   Dr. Mary Buffington Jenkins (Button), Harry A., IV (Scotty or Poppy), Elizabeth Becker (Liza) and Matthew M. He loved their spouses: Greg, Catherine, Frank and Tessie.   Also, he LOVED the grandchildren to the highest degree: Sam and Will Jenkins;  Harry, James and Mary Charles Wallace;  Frank J., Katherine and Wally Becker and young Smith Wallace; and his sister, Lavender.   He loved his delightful sister, Dolly (Hartman); and his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, as well as multiple nieces, nephews and godchildren.

Actually, he cared for people of all sizes, shapes, ages and walks of life.   He loved his employment: 31 years as a stock broker and an additional 22 years as an insurance agent with a little real estate, and teaching on the side.   His hobbies were many, but mostly boating and gardening, baseball, reading, watching his grandchildren play sports and all things Scottish:  games, bagpipes and Scotch whiskey.

He attended Charleston High School, Kentucky Military Institute, Kimball Union Academy, Babson College and the University of Virginia School of Business.   He was a long-time member of Christ Church United Methodist and the Charleston Boat Club and he was a Paul Harris Fellow in the Rotary Club.   Additionally, he was a council member of the Clan Wallace Society, joining in 1967 and served as the second president on the society board of directors.

He served in the Army Reserves, on the Kanawha County Board of Education,  the Spring Hill Cemetery Board, the WV Wesleyan College Board of Trustees, and as President of the Clan Wallace Society International.   He liked the Boy Scouts, the U.S. Army and many other local organizations,  including the Children’s Home Society and the Charleston Light Opera Guild.

In lieu of flowers,  give your wait staff a big tip,  because “they are working their way through college.”

A graveside service was held with immediate family on March 18 and a Celebration of Life will be planned when all of WCF (Wally’s Circle of Friends) can get together without social distancing.  Condolences may be sent to the family at

Published in Charleston Gazette-Mail on Mar. 22, 2020

Frank Wallace Leslie 1954 – 2020

Frank Wallace Leslie
1954 – 2020

Frank Wallace Leslie, age 66, of Kempner, Texas passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020. Frank was born October 6, 1954 in Newark, Ohio to parents Henry and Elsie Leslie.

Mr. Leslie served his country honorably in the United States Army for 21 years before his retirement. During his time served, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and several others. After his retirement from the Army, Frank worked as a Test Support Specialist for Civil Service. Frank was also active in the Mount Hiram Masonic Lodge and the Eastern Star. In his free time, Frank liked to participate in competitive shooting, watching the Highland games, war gaming, learning history, and especially enjoyed his Single Malt Saturdays.

In 1977, Frank married the love of his life, Wynona Lynne. Together they shared 43 years of marriage.

Frank is survived by his wife, Wynona “Lynne” Leslie; daughter Sheryl Lynne Leslie; and son Jason Christopher Leslie and wife,Tiffany as well as nine grandchildren; Austin Armstrong, Angel Armstrong, Mark Armstrong, Sebastian Leslie, Kaylee Leslie, Baylee Leslie, Jonathan Leslie, Christian Leslie, Jacquylyn Bicknell.

William St. Clair Wallace 1936 – 2018

William “Bill” St Clair Wallace
1936- 2018

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.

William J. (Bill) Wallace 1942–2018

William J. (Bill) Wallace

June 5, 1942 – April 15, 2018

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.

In Central Oregon, Bill developed skills as an amateur photographer thanks to patient coaching by local professional photographers.

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.

Norma and Bill at the 2012 Calgary Gathering

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 Ray Howard 1941 – 2017

Ben Ray Howard
1941 – 2017

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.

William “Bill” Hamilton Wallace 1922 – 2017

William “Bill” Hamilton Wallace

1922 – 2017

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.

Anne Marie Lindig Wallace 1931-2017

amwallaceMrs. 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.
Online condolences may be left at

Capt. Edward Grant Ries, Jr. 1939-2016

Capt. Edward Grant Ries, Jr.
San Diego, CA
Sept 12, 1939 – March 29, 2016

capt edward grant riesCaptain 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.

Fair Winds and Following Seas!

Marcus “Jim” Wallace 1937-2016

Marcus “Jim” Wallace
Corinth, TX

jim-marcus-wallaceIt 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