James Joseph Wallace was born July 18, 1935, in Corliss Township, Otter Tail County, MN, the son of Joseph and Fredericka “Freida” (Schave) Wallace. He passed away October 5, 2018, at his home in rural Frazee, Becker County, MN.
He was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Evergreen Church and grew up in the Toad Lake area, attending country school. Jim worked in the iron ore mines in Virginia, Minnesota and later the ice plant in Detroit Lakes.
On February 17, 1962, he was united in marriage to Bonnie Iten at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee. To this union four children were born. They made their home in Erie Township. Jim worked for Sorenson Construction/Olander as a machine operator for over 25 years. He was a member of the Local 49 for 54 years.
Jim was active in the Knights of Columbus and enjoyed gardening, hunting, carving fish decoys, ice fishing, and cutting firewood. He raised beef cattle on his hobby farm and enjoyed playing cards in the neighborhood. Jim was a good cook and was a wonderful care giver to Bonnie for the last ten years.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Bonnie Wallace of Frazee; children: Martin (Jean) Wallace of Frazee; Amy (Scott) Tietz of Fergus Falls; Ann (Dean) Lubitz of Perham; Jamie (Luke) Wothe of Frazee; grandchildren: Heather (Nick) Ott, Joshua Tietz, Nicole Wallace, Adam Tietz, Allen Lubitz, Jesse (Bekah) Wallace, Kellie Jo Lubitz, Ethan Wothe, Heath Wothe; great grandchildren: Tanner Ott and Audrey Wallace; sister: May Gallagher of Aurora, MN; brothers: Herbert Wallace of Detroit Lakes; Everett Wallace of Rainsville, AL; and several nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Fredericka; siblings: Marvin and Melvin Wallace and Adeline Shamp; in-laws: father and mother in law George and Sylvia Iten, and sister and brother in law Gwenn and Jim Stomberg.