George “Duke” Wallace

January 30, 1939 ‒ November 03, 2016

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”  Mark 16:15  Remembered for sharing Christ’s message of hope, love, and salvation, Duke Wallace knew God’s grace, and faithfully preached the Gospel to all who would hear.  No longer bound to his earthly body, Duke peacefully passed away at home Thursday, November 3, 2016.

The son of George M. and Isabel (Irwin) Wallace, Duke was born January 30, 1939 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.  A dedicated Boy Scout, at age 16, Duke received his Eagle Scout Badge.  He graduated from Scott Senior High School.  Duke transferred from Gettysburg College to Eastern Baptist College where he graduated.  He then completed Grace Seminary.

For 10 years, Duke served as a missionary in Brazil.  He later moved to Mansfield as pastor of Woodville Grace Brethren Church, was then pastor in North Kokomo Grace Brethren Church, and most recently was pastor at Clyde Baptist Church.

Very active, Duke enjoyed bike riding and jet skiing at Lake Erie.  He loved spending time with family.  A supportive husband, Duke was generous.  He was great at sharing stories and reminiscing.  Most of all he will be remembered as a bold Christian, sharing his faith and life testimony with many.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 25 years Sally Wallace of Mansfield; sons Gregor (Shari) Wallace of Fairmount, Indiana, Kevin (Kim) Wallace of Valparaiso, Indiana, and Joel (Lisa) Wallace of Tilton, Illinois; step children Karen (John) Ramseyer of Noblesville, Indiana, Kelley Crouse of Mansfield, and Susan (Eric) Worthington of Conesville; nine grandchildren; three step grandchildren; one great granddaughter and one great granddaughter on the way; lifelong friend Kenny Roussey, special friends Rev. Dr. David Atkins, and Phil Farley.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family will receive friends Monday November 7, 2016 from 11am-2pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services celebrating the life of Duke Wallace will begin at 2pm.  The Rev. Dr. David Atkins will officiate and burial will follow in Caledonia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to Sending Hope International (A Christian orphanage ministry in Asia) or Campus Outreach Indianapolis may be made through the funeral home.

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  • The tribute to my best friend, Duke Wallace, is beautiful. We were friends since, or even before, our elementary school days. We were both spanked when we were in first grade for talking too much to each other! We went to the same elementary, middle, and senior high schools. We doubled dated and had many good times together and with others.

    Eventually, we both accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior and went to Christian colleges to prepare for ministry. As Duke’s tribute indicates, he served the Lord as a pastor and as a missionary. I served the Lord as a pastor and Christian educator.

    Over our adult years Duke and I had many good conversations that focused on our faith in Christ and also our love for sports! Our families were were mentioned many times. Regretfully, the distance between us prevented us from seeing each other in recent years but we enjoyed a number of phone calls. Our last conversation was two evenings before he died while he was watching the World Series!

    The thing I will always remember about Duke was his zeal in telling others about Jesus Christ! He was bold and unashamed. I will miss being able to talk with my BEST FRIEND on this earth but look forward to many good talks with him in Heaven!

  • Duke Wallace was my pastor, father figure, neighbor and friend. I will always cherish my many memories of you! Thank you for being an important part of my family’s life.

    All of my love and peace to the Wallace family during this time of loss and remembrance.

    Gina Nunn Nicholson Kramer & Reed Nicholson

  • To the Wallace family – my condolences. May God grant you peace and comfort in your time of grief and loss.

    Of Duke Wallace? What can you say of a man that led you to Christ – except – THANK YOU – Thank you Duke! I know thru his teaching God calls His own. That salvation is not a work of man.

    However, I also know of my stubborn and unrepentant heart and of the passion and love expressed by you Duke (and his flock) while at North Kokomo GBC. Thank you Duke for loving me enough to gently yet firmly confront me for my sin each time we met on those many Wednesday night Bible study meetings. You never let the comfort that comes with getting to know a person prevent you from sharing the truth that could have alienated us.

    The truth that I am a sinner under the penalty of death. The truth that in God there is NO sin and therefore no entry into heaven because of that sin. The truth that in the fullness of time, God sent His only begotten Son to be a substitute for our death sentence. The truth that whoever believes on the name of Jesus the Christ shall not suffer death but have eternal life. What a precious truth.

    Oh that anyone of us might meet and get to know a man like Duke Wallace. What can I say to you Duke? THANK YOU!

    You will be missed.

  • To the Wallace family:
    I met Duke in September of 1960 when we both began studies at Grace Seminary. For these 56 years he has been a very valued and respected friend. I have rejoiced in his total commitment to Jesus Christ, his powerful witnessing and his fervent preaching. He, like Paul, was never ashamed of the gospel of Christ. I treasure the memories of these 56 years. For him, I can gladly give the best of all accolades:
    He was a man of God.
    I happened to see recently the Wallace Coat of Arms with its Motto:
    Pro Libertate or “For Liberty”. For all these years, Duke has lived, breathed and witnessed for Christ to bring people liberty from sin, the world and the devil. Not only a good Christian, but a good Wallace. He has fought a good fight, he has finished his course, he has run and won a good race and for him no doubt there is a crown of righteousness.
    My prayers are for Sally and her children, Greg, Kevin and Joel, and all the rest of the family who are bound up in the bundle of life with Duke. He was and is a great man. We shall all see him again. God be with you all. Love Don.

  • Sally, we would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family. Duke was a wonderful man and will be missed by all. May God embrace you in comfort during this difficult time.

  • We at Encompass World Partners (formerly Grace Brethren International Missions) wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to the family of Duke. We are thankful for his service with us in the beautiful country of Brazil. Today there exists a thriving, missionary-sending national church in that country thanks to the years of sacrifice and service of missionaries like Duke Wallace who served there.
    We rejoice that Duke is enjoying his heavenly reward alongside the One he loved and served so faithfully here on earth. May the Lord comfort his family as they deal with this earthly separation as they also cling to the promise of His unchanging word:
    “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” (Psalm 116:15)