Carl Wallace Sr., 83, of East Alton, passed away at 3:47 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, at Alton Memorial Hospital.
He was born on March 2, 1932, in Grafton, the son of the late Carl Frederick and Mary Barbara (Riley) Wallace. He married Charlotte F. Stone on Jan. 12, 1957, in Jerseyville and she preceded him in death on April 7, 2010.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Mary and John Walter of East Alton; one son and daughter- in-law, Carl (Ed) and Lauri Wallace of St. Louis; three grandchildren, Melissa Bock and her husband, Mike, Chris Walter, and Lance Wallace and his companion, Kaitlin Mallinson; four great-grandchildren, Lilly, Olivia, Victoria, and Eriel; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Marilyn Perdun of Jerseyville, Myrna and Harold Landon of Carlinville, and Barbara and John Eddings of Springfield; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Riley and Joan Wallace of Las Vegas, and Loren and Barb Wallace of Chandler, Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Dee Dee Wallace of Alton; two sisters-in-law, Donna Cox and Pat Ufert; a brother-in-law, Jim Stone; his beloved dog, Jake; and several nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends.
Carl was formerly employed at Owens-Illinois Glass Works as a moldmaker in the mold shop. He and his wife formerly owned and operated No Man’s Land from 1980 to 1993. Carl was a member of the East Alton American Legion Post No. 794, the Wood River VFW Post No. 2859, and the Wood River Masonic Lodge No. 1062 A.F. & A.M. He was a Scoutmaster for three years and a baseball coach for 10 years. He was on the zoning board for the Village of East Alton for many years. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. He loved to tell stories and watching basketball. He was an avid fisherman and fished at Rend Lake for 35 years, where they nicknamed him Catfish Carl.
In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by one brother, Jerry Wallace; and a brother-in-law, Sonny Perdun.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, at Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, at the funeral home. His nephew, Fred Wallace, will officiate. Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto with full military rites by the East Alton American Legion Post No. 794 Ritual Team.
Memorials are suggested to the N.I.C.U. at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis and will be accepted at the funeral home.
Online guestbook available at www.pitchfordfuneralhome.com.