Wendell Fred Wallace
Wendell Fred Wallace, a devoted husband, dad, granddaddy and great-granddaddy died at the age of 89, on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family.
Wendell was born Oct. 17, 1929 in Clifton, TX to Melvin L. Wallace and Roby Standefer Wallace. After graduating from Clifton High School, he enlisted in The United States Army. Upon his return from the Army, he enrolled into Clifton Junior College, where he graduated in 1950.
There, he also met Marynell Rohne. They were married at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Cranfills Gap, TX on Nov. 24, 1950. They later decided to move to Houston and Wendell worked at Sears before working at Houston National Bank. In 1956, they moved to Pasadena, TX and Wendell started a career with First National Bank, which later became First Pasadena State Bank where he was A Senior Vice President. He graduated from Southwestern Graduate School of Banking in 1969. On Aug. 31, 1981, he retired from First Pasadena State Bank after 25 years of service. That day was Proclaimed “Wendell F. Wallace “Day.
In 1974, he and John Phelps purchased a funeral home, which later became Pasadena Funeral Chapel. In 1981, he attended Commonwealth College of Funeral Service and became a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in 1982.
Wendell and his family joined Sharon Lutheran Church - now known as Peace Lutheran Church - in 1956.
He was an Honorary Lifetime Member and had been an appointed director of Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Pasadena Junior Chamber of Commerce and was a lifetime member of the Jaycees. In the past he was president elect of the Pasadena/South Rotary Club; he was on the Board of Directors of Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo; the Board of Directors of Humana Southmore Hospital; past board member for First Pasadena State Bank; past president of The Pasadena’s Lion Club; On the Board of Directors MBank of Pasadena; former vice chairman of The Sam Houston Area Council of The Boy Scouts of America and former troop leader. He was president of The Texas Funeral Directors Association from 1990-1991. He was “Funeral Director of the Year” for The Southeast Texas Funeral Directors Association for 1992-1993. He was actively involved in The United Fund for many years.
As a dad, he was always there to support our activities in band, drill team, football, baseball and basketball. What he enjoyed most of all were the events his grandchildren and greatgrandchildren were involved in. He missed very few games even when he became ill.
He retired from the funeral home just in time to be able to travel. He and Marynell traveled all over the United States to watch their grandchildren and great-grandchildren play softball, basketball, soccer, baseball, golf, football, cheerleading, beauty pageants , volleyball, orchestra, choir and dance recitals.
Wendell was preceded in death by his parents Melvin and Roby Wallace, siblings Imogene Burgdorf, Joe Preston Wallace and Morris Wallace.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years Marynell Wallace; children Pat Dietz and husband Pete, Pam Wooley, Jan Wallace, Michael Wallace and wife Bridget; grandchildren Kristy McCoy and husband Patrick, Amy Carro and husband Bobby, Ryan Dietz and wife Becca, Kyle Eaves, Christopher Wallace and wife Peyton, Chelsea Wallace and Hunter Martin, Kody Eaves and Ally Esquivel-Eivet, Kole Eaves and Madison Wallace and great grandchildren Kayden and Emma Carro, Sean and Kylie McCoy, Ethan and Owen Dietz and Kean Eaves.
A visitation was held Jan. 25, at Pasadena Funeral Chapel. Funeral services were held Jan. 15 at First Baptist church of Pasadena. Interment followed at Forest Park East Cemetery.