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April 20, 2018

3/14/2018 3:05:00 PM
Memorial service for Tubby Wallace planned for spring

Lyle " Tubby" Wallace, 89, of Stewartville, died on Monday, March 5, 2018 of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where he had resided since September of 2016.
Lyle Frances Wallace was born on June 4, 1928 in Rochester to DeMitt "Dewey" and Catherine (Bell) Wallace. He grew up in rural Simpson, attended country school and Rochester High School, graduating in 1946. He was employed part-time at B and B Auto Body in Rochester as a teenager.
Tubby was married on Oct. 29, 1949 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa to Harriet A. Phelps. Following their marriage the couple moved to South St. Paul, where Tubby was employed as an auto body repair specialist. Tubby was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952, serving two years including duty overseas in Korea. After his discharge the couple lived in southeast Minnesota and Tubby continued to work in auto body repair for over 35 years until his retirement. He also worked from the shop in his garage on nights and weekends doing repair for friends and family. Tubby was not a fan of Minnesota winters, so he and Harriet moved to Arizona in 1966 and then to Arkansas in 1986. Harriet passed away in April of 1996. Tubby moved to Mason City, Iowa and then on to Stewartville in 2014 to be near family. He was an avid fan of stock car racing, followed NASCAR, enjoyed deer hunting in younger years, and collected guns and model cars. Tubby always enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his nieces and nephews and their families.
Tubby is survived by his sister, Marcella Hebl of Stewartville; sister-in-law, Marion Wallace of Rochester, and Harriet's sister and brother-in-law, Marge and Ray Bestler of Hastings, and his nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Kenneth "Tea" Wallace and brother, Clarence "Hank" Wallace.
A memorial service will take place this spring at High Forest Community Church in High Forest. Burial with military graveside honors will take place at Wasioja Cemetery in Wasioja.
A second obituary with times and date will be shared in the paper and on-line prior to the memorial service for Tubby.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville.

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