Clyde O’Dillon Wallace, of Defiance, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at the CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center.
He was born to Clyde O. and Clara (Walton) Wallace on July 25, 1923, in Tuscarawas County, Ohio.
He married Clara Ross on Sept. 8, 1946. She preceded him in death in 1972.
On March 3, 1978 he married Irene Dirr. She preceded him in death in 2011.
He is survived by four daughters, Cathleen (Richard) Ulicny of Iron Station, N.C., Rebecca (James) Braker of Defiance, Georgia (Timothy) Kohart of Defiance, and Hope Wallace of Van Wert; nine granddaughters; and eight great-grandchildren.
His son David Verne died in infancy.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Verne Wallace; sisters, Claribel Glick and Wilma Smith; a granddaughter, Robin Cartwright; and two granddaughters in infancy.
Also surviving are two stepdaughters, Julie Dirr of Seattle, Wash., and Rebecca Dirr Dmitruk, of Hinckley; and three step-granddaughters.
Clyde was a decorated World War II Army Combat veteran, serving in Europe. He graduated from Bowling Green State University.
He retired from Napoleon Spring Works, Archbold, and worked for Arrow Tru-Line and ITT Higbee, also in Archbold.
Clyde was an avid train buff from childhood and completed his dream by working on the B&O and New York Central Railroads as a young man.
He was a member of Zion’s Lutheran Church, Defiance, and a past member of St. John’s UCC, Archbold.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 4, at 11:15 a.m., at St. John’s Christian Church, Archbold, with Pastor Erich Christman officiating. Interment followed in the Archbold Cemetery, with military rites by the American Legion B.L.W. Post 311.
Short Funeral Home in Archbold was entrusted with the arrangements.
The family suggests that memorials be given to CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center. www.ShortFuneralHome.com.