Laurence (Larry) E. Wallace passed away peacefully at the age of 84 on Nov. 20, 2015, at Spring Creek Inn in Bozeman.
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Larry was born on Dec. 9, 1930, in Joliet to Clarence Wallace and Ima Blaylock Wallace. He grew up in Joliet and enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he was 17. He met his wife, Beverly (Baringer) of Hathaway, when he was home on leave in Joliet. They were married in July 1954 in San Bernardino, California, where Larry was stationed at the time on board the USS Taluga.
Larry was a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, serving as a Navy Hospital Corpsman with the U.S. Marines. He retired from military service in September 1968 and returned to Bozeman with Beverly and their children, Teresa and Donald, in order to attend Montana State University. He received a bachelor's degree in History in 1972. He worked for many years as the Gallatin County Sanitarian and later worked for the U.S. National Park Service as the Yellowstone National Park Sanitarian.
Larry is survived by Beverly; his children, Teresa Wallace (John Chou) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Donald Wallace of Seattle, Washington; his granddaughter, Carolyn Wallace Chou of Boston, Massachusetts; his sister, Molly Descheemaeker of Lewistown, and her family; and his uncle, Donald Blaylock of Bedford, Texas.
Larry enjoyed reading, fishing, travelling and having coffee with his friends. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was very proud of his children and granddaughter.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Nov. 27 at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church in Bozeman.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Larry's memory to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, www.donate.nmcrs.org.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 25, 2015