Former Juneau resident Richard E. "Rich" Wallace, 72, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004, at Careage of Whidbey in Coupeville, Wash.
He was born in Ashland, Ore., on May 26, 1932. At the age of 12, he went to live with his aunt and uncle, Harold Wallace and Faith (Klein) Wallace, who later adopted him. He was raised in Medford. Following high school, he joined the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean Conflict as a Ranger in the 101st Airborne. After his honorable discharge, he worked as a logger in Southern Oregon and Northern California until the 1960s. At this time, he moved to Southeastern Alaska, where he lived in Sitka and worked in various logging camps. He later moved to Juneau, where he owned and operated a tree service. He then semi-retired and moved to Washington State a few years ago.
He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, the American Legion, the Elks and the Eagles.
His family said he loved the great outdoors, hunting and fishing. He also liked to bowl and travel.
He is survived by two sisters, Teddy Loefsler of Juneau and Julie (Dale) Morgan of Medford, Ore.; four children, Jake (Trid) Waite of Oak Harbor, Wash., Edna Jerrett of Springfield, Ore., Debbie (John) Kesselring of Juneau and Bob (JoAnne) Chernikoff of Juneau; and 10 grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at the American Legion Post 141 of Langley, Wash. on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004 at 2 p.m.. Arrangements and cremation are under direction of Burley Funeral Chapel, Oak Harbor, Wash.