Longtime Wallowa County resident Edward Andrew Wallace, 79, passed away peacefully Nov. 15, 2015 at his home in Clarkston, Wash., with his family by his side.
Ed was born July 3, 1936 in Granger, Wash., to Donald Perry and Lucile Francis (Rinehold) Wallace. Ed enjoyed working on the ranch with his folks and two sisters. He played football, was a steer wrestler and asparagus cutter, and enjoyed hunting. He graduated from Granger High School in 1954. Shortly after graduation he moved to Wallowa County with his folks and ranched in Lostine, Enterprise and Kuhn Ridge. On June 28, 1958 he married Carol Lee Cherry of Lostine, his wife of 57 years. Ed had many successful hunts with his boys, many friends and family from both the Yakima Valley and Wallowa County over the years.
Ed was a farmer, a rancher, caretaker of the Wallowa County Fairgrounds and State C Brand Inspector.
Ed was actively involved in many organizations over the years. He worked the calf shoots at Chief Joseph Days, was Jaycee’s member, NRA member, 4-H leader, Fair Board member (14 years), Wallowa County Stockgrowers member and Stockgrowers president and worked the Enterprise Livestock Auction.
Taking after his dad Don’s love of rodeos, Ed team-roped and calf-roped at Chief Joseph Days and many other events throughout eastern Oregon.
Ed enjoyed his horses, the cows, working the fields, fishing, hunting, roping, trap shooting, reading, and playing cribbage. He also ran for County Commissioner and loved visiting with friends and family and was always supported his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events and activities. In 2006 Ed and Carol moved to Clarkston to go on dialysis. Although Ed had many health issues over the years his sense of humor, his caring wife, the love from family and friends kept him going. The past several years he enjoyed building airplanes and painting.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Lucile Wallace, and nephew Doug Parker.
He is survived by his wife Carol; his sons: Dwayne and his girlfriend Betsy, Dan and his wife Jaana; daughters Debbie and her husband Trent Axen, and Diana Jannuzzi and boyfriend Rick; Six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and one great-grandson; sisters Donna Everetts of Hood River and Joanne Birch of Omak; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Ed will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, kindness, his ability to tell great stories, his tenacity in life, and his lasting friendships with others.
A memorial service will take place March 19 in Enterprise.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Wallowa County Stockgrowers or a charity of your choice. Merchants Funeral Home of Clarkston is handling arrangements.