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John "Butch" E. Wallace, Jr.

John "Butch" E. Wallace, Jr., 65, died unexpectedly at his summer home in Perham, MN, on July 4, 2009. Funeral services will be held on July 7, at 1 p.m. at the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home, New York Mills, MN with Pastor Jon T. Haakana officiating. Military presence was by Charles D. Center V.F.W. Post #3289 of New York Mills.

A military service will be held at a later date with Davis Funeral Home, Leavenworth, KS. Final resting place will be the Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Big Pine Lake Association, Perham, MN, St. Dionysios Greek Orthodox Church, Kansas City, KS, or to the charity of the donor's choice.

John was born June 3, 1944, in Leavenworth, to John E. and Kathyrn Biltz Wallace. He graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1962 and entered the United States Navy after graduation. He served his country for 35 years and retired as a Chief Petty Officer. During his service in Cyprus, he met and fell in love with Eleni Psaropoula and they were married February 17, 1972.

After his Navy service, Mr. Wallace was employed by the Department of the Army, Ft. Leavenworth. He retired from government service in 2006. After retirement, he continued enjoying the family summer home in Perham. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed taking family and friends to his special fishing spots on Big Pine Lake.

Preceding John in death were his parents; sister, Janet Eleanor Wallace; and niece, Deana Van Diepen.

He is survived by his wife, Eleni; his sister, Joan Van Diepen and husband, Don, of Indianola, IA; nephews, Curtis Van Diepen and wife Debra of Corpus Christi, TX and Russell Van Diepen and wife Kim of Colorado Springs, CO; two great-nephews and one great-niece. He is also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins throughout the United States and Cyprus. His great wit and easy going personality will be missed by all.

Arrangements were provided by the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home of New York Mills. Condolences may be sent online at