W. Earle Wallace

W. Earle Wallace
W. Earle Wallace of Clearwater, FL (formerly of Otsego) passed away Sunday, May 18, 2008 at the home of his step-grandson, Steve Morse, in Colquitt, Georgia. He was born in Morgan Twp., Valparaiso, Indiana on July 9, 1913, to Walter and Effie (Cain) Wallace. On May 28, 1932, he married Irene G. Gott of Valparaiso and she preceded him in death on May 29, 1987. On August 1, 1992, he married Arlene Schribner of Clearwater, FL and she preceded him in death on December 8, 2006. While living in Valparaiso, he worked for the Porter County Road Commission and for many years he had a milk route. Earle started farming and was the manager of the Montdale Stock Farm in Washington Twp. In 1956 he and Irene moved their family of ten children to Otsego, where he bought Holland’s Dairy. Later, he bought Dutchmaid Dairy in Kalamazoo and renamed Holland’s Dairy as Dutchmaid. While running both dairies he also operated the Oak Hill Rabbit business for many years before retiring to Florida. Surviving are five sons, Melvin (Neva), Roland (Helen) all of Otsego, Don, Alan Wayne (MaryAnn) all of Plainwell, Larry (Charyl) of Dorr; three daughters, Kay (Robert) Dougall of Grand Haven, Sue (Ron) Ellinger of Otsego, Denise Anne (Edward) Koehrn of Plainwell; 29 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; five step-children; eight step-grandchildren, including a special step-grandson, Steve (Sherry) Morse of Colquitt, GA; his sister, Wilma Robertson of Tennessee; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sons, Marvin and Kenneth; two granddaughters, Gayle Wallace and Stacey Schmitt; a daughter-in-law Kay Wallace; his father and mother; six brothers; two sisters. Mr. Wallace has been cremated and a graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM Friday, June 13 at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Wings of Hope Hospice.
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