Maurice Jack Wallis
1924 - 2014
Maurice "Jack" Wallis passed away suddenly March 22, 2014, at United Hospital System, Kenosha Campus.
He was born on July 9, 1924, in Mitchell, S.D., a son of the late Fred James and Alta Ethel (Moorhead) Wallis. Jack graduated from high school in Sioux Falls, S.D., in 1942 and then moved to Kenosha.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in December 1942 and served as tail gunner on a B-17 Bomber for 28 missions. He was discharged as a staff sergeant in October 1945. While home on leave during his service, he met Shirley A. McPhaul while visiting the local USO. They were married June 29, 1946, and celebrated 67 years of marriage together.
He attended University of Wisconsin-Madison for three years, then began working at Anaconda American Brass Co. on June 30, 1947, as a draftsman. He retired 38 years later as an engineering manager. He had 30 wonderful retirement years.
On Sept. 15, 2012, he went on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to see the WWII Memorial. Jack enjoyed going to the Heros Cafe at Fesitval Foods every Friday to spend time with other veterans.
He was a very talented woodworker - his biggest accomplishment was building his own home in 1952 and has lived there for 62 years. He also loved to travel and taking care of his yard, along with spending time with his great grandchildren.
He will be sadly missed by his wife Shirley; two children, Gary J. Wallis of Racine and Susan M. (Richard) Bolyard of Kenosha; four grandchildren, Clinton
(Sherri) Wallis, Joel and Aaron Bolyard, Nicole (Jason) Laypath and two great grandsons, Jason and Hayden Laypath.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harold, William, Charles and sister, Grace.
A visitation will be held for Jack on Wednesday, March 26 at the Proko Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until time of service at 12 Noon. Entombment will follow at All Saints Mausoleum with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers memorials would be appreciated by Jacks family to: Honor Flight, Inc. Attn: Diane Gresse 300 E. Auburn Ave. Springfield, OH 45505
Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street Phone: (262) 654-3533
Visit Jacks Online Memorial Book at:
Proko Funeral Home
5111 W. 60th St. Kenosha, WI 53140
Published online at KenoshaNews.com on Mar. 23, 2014