YOUNGSTOWN - Joseph A. Wallace, 96, of the city’s west side, passed away peacefully early Monday afternoon, March 11, 2019, at Canfield Place with his family by his side.
Joseph was born in Wolf Run, Ohio, on April 8, 1922, a son of the late Joseph G. and Leona G. Bendle Wallace, and came to this area from Pennsylvania with his new bride in 1946.
He was a 1940 graduate of North Union High School in Uniontown, Pa., where he played quarterback on the football team and was named the top Fayette County quarterback as a senior. Joe then proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a gunner on a dive bomber in the South Pacific.
After moving to Ohio, Mr. Wallace was self-employed for many years as the owner/operator of Wallace Sunoco on North Meridian Road in Youngstown, retiring in 1997 and passing the business on to his son.
He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Austintown.
Joe will always be remembered for his kind heart, warm smile, and his great and sarcastic sense of humor. He loved his family, his work, his friends, and especially the time he spent with his two grandkids.
Joe’s beloved wife of 66 years, Erma J. Davison Wallace, whom he married July 7, 1945, passed away Oct. 4, 2011.
He leaves his son, William (Susan) Wallace of Canfield; his daughter, Debra (Dennis) Hay of Westerville; two grandsons, Joe (Lindsey) Hay and Michael Hay; two great-grandchildren, Declan and Ezra; a brother, Edward Wallace of Dunbar, Pa.; a sister, Ellen (Ralph) Arison of Vanderbilt, Pa.; and a sister-in-law, Nancy Wallace of Orange City, Fla.
Besides his wife, three brothers, Rev. Maurice Wallace, Michael Wallace, and James Wallace, are deceased.
Family and friends may call from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2305 S. Canfield-Niles Road, Austintown, where services will be held at 11 a.m., followed by military honors.
Private interment will take place at Brunstetter Cemetery in Austintown, where Joe will be laid to rest next to his wife.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.
In lieu of flowers, Joe’s family suggests memorial contributions be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church.
The Wallace family sincerely thanks the caring staff of Canfield Place, for the kindness shown and care given to “JoJo” during his stay there.