Robert S. Wallace — Lake City

LAKE CITY — A memorial service for Robert S. Wallace will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church in Lake City, with the Rev. Darren Paulson officiating.

Mr. Wallace, 83, of Lake City, died Monday (Feb. 12, 2007) at the Lake City Nursing Home.

Born Feb. 28, 1923, in Lake City, he graduated from Lincoln High School in Lake City in 1941 and attended the University of Minnesota until April 1943. He then entered the Army Air Corps and served with the 461st Bomb Group in Italy from October 1944 to July 1945 during World War II. He completed 30 missions as a radio operator and waist gunner on a B24 bomber and was awarded the Air Medal for meritorious achievement. After returning home, he married Waunita "Nita" Lindeen on July 18, 1945, in Lake City. He was discharged on Oct. 8, 1945, returned to the U of M and earned a degree in aeronautical engineering in 1948. He worked at Northrop Aircraft in Hawthorne, Calif., for two years before returning to Lake City and working as a product engineer at Gillet and Eaton, now Federal Mogul, for 371⁄2 years. He retired in February 1988.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Robert Jr. (Molly) of Minneapolis and Richard of Lake City; four grandsons; and special family, the family of Debbie Mickelson. He was preceded in death by two sisters and two grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Mahn Family Funeral Home, Anderson-Peterson Chapel in Lake City, and an hour before the service Saturday at the church. Lake City VFW Post 8729 and American Legion Post 110 will provide military rites.

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