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Wallace Peter "Wally" WAKEFIELD

1930 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Wallace Peter "Wally" WAKEFIELD Obituary
Lifelong East-Sider Born June 30, 1930. Died at home May 2, 2017. Preceded in death by best friend and wife of 55 years, Donna; parents, Ralph & Margaret and sister; Marjory Christenson. Survived by children, Peter (Valerie Loichot), Beth (Jode Fritz), Bonnie, Laura (Randy Kovars), & Lynn (Steve) Hennen; grandchildren, Daniel Paladie, Alanna & Bailey Hennen, Virginia & Carl Fritz, Zoë & Nathan Wakefield; brother, Richard; brother-in-law, Roger; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and close friends. Wally worked as an elementary school teacher for 29 years in the St. Paul Public Schools. Additional positions throughout his career included pro-shop attendant at 3M Club's Tartan Park Golf Course, press box announcer with the MN North Stars, and as Sports Editor with the Lillie Suburban News. He was active in professional organizations and the community throughout his life. Wally served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War as a forward observer in the 90th Field Artillery Battalion. He is a member of the American Legion and the VFW. As an avid lifetime member of the St. Paul Ski Club, Wally was proud to be a member of the club's Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the American Masters Ski Jumping Hall of Fame, and served as chair of its Selection Committee. Wally was named to the Johnson High School Hall of Fame in 2007. He was honored in 1994 as Mr. Golf by the Diehard Golf Tournament. Wally took pride in supporting those less fortunate. Some of his favorite charities include: the St. Paul Ski Club's Promising Skier Fund, the Confidence Learning Center (Brainerd); Our Lady of Peace Hospice Center (St. Paul); St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (Memphis); Wishes and More (St. Paul) and the MS Society. He volunteered for the Tapemark Charity Pro Am Golf Tournament which raises funds for the intellectually challenged. Wally was an enthusiastic supporter of high school prep sports, American Legion Baseball, and the North St. Paul Legion 39ers. In 2016 he was honored to receive the MSHSL Outstanding Media Services Award. In his leisure, Wally enjoyed working with oil paints and took pride in producing landscapes to adorn the walls of his home and those of his friends and family. Other leisure activities included travel, playing cards with dear friends, reading, cross-word puzzles, watching sports and writing books and publishing the Red Rocker newsletter. In his death, Wally continues to give to others. He generously became a tissue donor to the Rocky Mountain MS Center. He will forever be remembered for his wit, courage, and loyal friendship. Special thanks are extended to the staff at Red Rock Sr. Living in Woodbury for their extraordinary care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, donations to any of the charities mentioned above, or a charitable organization of your choosing, will be appreciated. Celebration of Life to be held Sunday, May 14, 2017 at the American Legion Post 39, 2678 7th Ave. E., North St. Paul, 55109 2:00-6:00 p.m. Remembrances at 3:00 p.m. Celebration to be followed by special memorial at the Saint Paul Ski Club's Carver's Lake facility at 7:00 p.m.
Published in Pioneer Press from May 4 to May 14, 2017
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