Donald Gene Wallace © Enid News and Eagle 01-25-2020 Submitted by: Glenn
July 18, 1934 - January 22, 2020
A Celebration of Life Service for Donald "Don" Gene Wallace, age 85, of Lahoma, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at the Ladusau-Evans Chapel, with Rev. Jim Edmison and Rev. Bill Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Cherokee Cemetery under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 at the funeral home.
Don was born July 18, 1934, in Jones, OK, to Nick and Eva Dell (Howell) Wallace, and passed away January 22, 2020, in Integris Bass Baptist Hospital. He grew up in the Jones community. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Police Science from Northwestern State University. Don married Opal Odessa "Dess" Bryan on October 14, 1955, in Jones, OK. Don entered the U.S. Army on September 21, 1956, and was honorably discharged on September 9, 1958. He started a long career with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in July of 1966, retiring in 1988, and started his other career with the Department of Public Safety as a Driver License Examiner, retiring in 2004 after 37 years. He was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church in Drummond.
Don is survived by his wife, Dess, of the home; son, Rick Wallace and wife Dianna, of Cherokee; daughter, Regina Wilson and husband Kameron, of Freedom; grandson, Chase Wallace and wife Wren; granddaughters, Chelsea Kornele and husband Brad, Tiffany Howerton and husband Jared, and Kallie Humphreys and husband Kyle; great-grandchildren, Huxley, Lennon, Sutton, Dawson, and Cayton; brothers, Johnny Wallace and wife Wanda and Robert Wallace and wife Mary; and several other family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Cora Sue Wallace; and brothers Glenn Wallace, James Wallace and Mickey Wallace.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Cancer Division, with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home serving as custodians of the funds.
Condolences may be made online and the service may be viewed online at www.ladusauevans.com.
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