John W Wallace, of Carter Lake, IA. was proceeded in death by parents Bill and Irene and brother George Wallace and his beloved dog Gizzy. Survived by daughters Joan Wallace (Mike North) and Linda Workman (Bob Peck), son Mike (Deanna) Wallace, brother Bob Wallace and partner Sandy Caddell.
John’s pride and joy was his grand children and would attend as many of their activities as he could. Enjoyed the times any of them stopped by to visit and always was ready with a bowl of fresh popped popcorn or M&M’s. John had 7 grandchildren, Jake Griffey, Mikey Wallace, Jason Wallace, Anthony Workman, Gabi Arellano, Kaylin Peck and Quinton Peck. John had 9 great-grandchildren, Zander/Zaiden Griffey, Gabby/Landon/Maddox/Wren Wallace, Mayson/Waylon Wallace, Ivy Jennings and bonus granddaughter Jackie Garcia.
John retired from Union Pacific Railroad where he was a boxcar painter and lettering specialist. After his retirement, John continued this love for lettering and making signs and has been running Wallace Signs for years (if you ever rode with him anywhere he would point out a sign, building or ambulance that he had lettered).
John was an avid bowler who was proud of accomplishing 45 consecutive years going to the USBC Nationals tournament as well as bowled on several leagues. John was also inducted into the Omaha Bowling Hall of Fame. This is a passion that he shared with his children as they all ended up with bowling balls in their hands.
John could be found every weekend at a local racetrack with his son and grandsons. He was a racecar owner for years and his special times was when his son started racing at the age of 16 and then once his son stepped down his grandsons got behind the wheel. He made many friends over the years that he would go on trips with to various races and talk shop with.
John was very proud of the years he served as a fireman for the Carter Lake Volunteer Fire Department. He would tell stories of the various calls they would have and how gratifying the job was and was always ready to go when the beeper went off.
On Saturday’s during the Fall you could find John sitting on his couch screaming at the television telling the Husker coaches what they should be doing. As with most of us, he had a love/hate relationship with the Huskers, but his house remained full of Husker memorabilia (sprinkled in with NASCAR cars and Mike’s trophies). If you’ve been to his house, you know!!
To each and every one of you, please know that although he may have had his own way to show it, he felt the love and friendship from each of you.
Visitation: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Friday (7/28/2023) at Roeder Mortuary, 2727 N. 108th St., Omaha, NE.
Funeral Service: 11:00 AM Friday (7/28/2023) at Roeder Mortuary, 2727 N. 108th St., Omaha, NE.
A luncheon will be served following the service at Carter Lake Community Church, 3030 N 9th St, Carter Lake, IA.