Memorial service Saturday for WWII veteran, former Legion/VFW commander Hugh Wallace, 1922-2013

September 25, 2013 at 12:05 pm | In Obituaries, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 6 Comments

A memorial service is planned this Saturday at Providence Mount St. Vincent for Hugh P. Wallace, whose family shares this remembrance:

Hugh Patrick Wallace passed away peacefully September 22, 2013, with his family by his side, at the age of 91.

He was born in Seattle January 29, 1922, to Michael Wallace and Bridget Curran. Hugh married the love of his life, Betty June Thorburn, January 30, 1943, and shortly thereafter joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in the 4th Division, where he fought in the Central and South Pacific and survived the Battle of Iwo Jima.

After serving his country, Hugh returned to Seattle, where he remained active with the American Legion and served as a Commander of American Legion Post 160 and VFW Post 2713. He worked in construction as a heavy-equipment operator until his retirement.

Hugh and Betty were blessed with eight children, all who remained in the Seattle area. Pat [Sheri], Kathi [deceased], Barbara, Linda [George], Patty, Mike [Shari], Sue [Greg], and Terry; 17 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren. Hugh and Betty’s love story inspired us all and they shared a wonderful life together traveling, making many trips to Nevada and Eastern Washington and spending time with the little “schmoes,” as he affectionately called all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Hugh also enjoyed gardening and sharing his homegrown tomatoes with family and friends. Betty passed away August 8th, 2011, and Hugh will finally reunite with her once again. Hugh will be deeply missed by all his friends and family.

Service Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Chapel of Providence Mount St. Vincent, 4831 35th Ave SW, at 10:00 am.

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6 Comments

  1. God bless a fellow Marine……
    Semper Fi Hugh.

    Comment by stan wahl — 1:44 pm September 25, 2013 #

  2. what a man my father was…. dad embrace kathi and mama. there will be a huge void without you… yo!!! your favorite saying … i love you so much patty

    Comment by patty wallace valentine — 1:49 pm September 25, 2013 #

  3. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” Cherise the memories family. Andy and I wish you all the best. Take solace in eachother and dare to laugh over the memories you share.

    Comment by Suzanne Slatten — 2:16 pm September 25, 2013 #

  4. Someone who returned from Iwo Jima AND fought in other locations in the Pacific Theater as well, that’s huge!

    Although I will not be able to be at your service on Saturday Hugh, my thoughts will be with you all day and for many days afterward.

    Semper Fi Marine fellow Marine, and say hello to Chesty for me please!

    Comment by sbre — 4:37 pm September 25, 2013 #

  5. I never had the chance to meet Hugh, but wish I did. Your fight is over brother, you are relieved of duty. RIP.

    Comment by Nick Sullivan — 9:27 am September 26, 2013 #

  6. Rest in peace Grandpa. You will be missed. I love you!! Give Grandma a kiss for me!

    Comment by H. Patrick Wallace III — 11:26 am September 28, 2013 #

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