Wilfred John Wallace

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died September 22nd, 2019

Wilfred “Bill” John Wallace, 94, of Escanaba, passed away Sunday, September 22, 2019 at North Woods Place in Escanaba. Bill was born on July 21, 1925 in Muskegon, MI., son of John & Vivian (Jolin) Christianson. Vivian Christianson later married Virgil W. Wallace whom adopted Wilfred “Bill” Christianson and his two siblings.

On May 28, 1955 Bill married the love of his life, Margaret Joy Freeborn. Their union began at St. James Episcopal Church in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. They celebrated 53 years of marriage before Joy preceded him in death in 2009.

Bill was a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Forestry.

He was employed with the Department of Natural Resources with various assignments, lastly holding the position of District Forester over the Wyman State Nursery in Manistique, MI.

Bill was a WWII veteran, serving in the Army/Air Corp.

He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing along with snowshoeing during the winter.  He was a talented carpenter who built the family cabin at a compound in Deer Park, MI.

After retirement Bill and Joy enjoyed being snowbirds in Las Vegas, NV. and their beloved Waveland, MS.

Bill enjoyed telling a funny story however it was often hard for him to get to the end of the story because he would start laughing so hard before he could get to the punch line of the story.

He held a lifelong membership with the Manistique Rifle and Pistol Club in Manistique, MI. and was also a lifelong member of McMillan Lodge 400 F & M Masons in Newberry, MI.

Bill is survived by his children, Wendy (Larry) Parnell of Olympia, WA., and Bruce (Sharon) Wallace of Escanaba, MI.; grandson, Ezell (Karen) Willis; two great grandchildren; brother in law, Stuart (Ruth) Freeborn, Deer Park, MI.; and numerous nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Lois (George) Bloomquist and Arlo (Leo) Johnson.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home, 302 South 13th Street, Escanaba. The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. with Reverend Suzanne Ray officiating.

Burial will take place in Hiawatha Township Cemetery in Manistique.

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5 Tributes to “Wilfred John Wallace”

  1. Wendy, Bruce and families,
    My deepest sympathies to all of you on the loss of your Dad. He is a big part of the fond memories I have of our times at St. Alban’s. He was a special guy. May God bless you with peaceful hearts and sweet memories.

  2. Wendy and Bruce, I didn’t really know your dad, we did meet once. He was very nice. I know how hard it is to lose a parent and I know he was suffering. You have my sympathy and prayers. May he rest in peace with your mom in heaven.

  3. My sympathy for the loss of your father. Your family were great neighbors to my parents and as friends later. Cherish the memories of your family..

  4. Our most sincere sympathies on the passing of your dad. Bruce, you have been a best friend to me since the day we met. The good man you have always been is directly attributable to the man whose life and memory we now honor. I have never forgotten walking across the street into your back yard when we were kids and watching your dad train his newest hunting dog to point using a grouse wing and a fly rod. His profound explanation of that remains with me to this day. You and your families are in our prayers.

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