Jack D. Wallace

Jack D. Wallace, 83, died June 6, 2021, at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, MO. He was born April 8, 1938 during a blizzard, 5 miles south of Sublette, KS on the family farm, son of Otto R. and Gladys H. Thomas Wallace.

Jack is preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Betty Wallace Chaffin (Junior), his brother, Philip Wallace (Daisy), and his sister, MaryLou Wallace Spanier (Chuck), all of whom are buried in Sublette, KS.

Jack is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carolyn Wallace, of Raytown, MO, and his three daughters; Kelly Snelling (Terry), of Independence, MO, Lynn James (Richard), of Raymore, MO, and Sara Wallace, of Raytown, MO. He also had two children from a previous marriage.

Jack is also survived by his five granddaughters; Dawn Snelling O’Guin (Travis), Andrea Snelling Graham (Jordon), Ginger James Nolker (Brent), Jackie James, Carly Snelling Crowder (Joe), and eleven great-grandchildren: Monica, Mackenzie, and Travie O’Guin; Chazdon and Alexa Graham; Gabriel, Esther, Eliana, Elias, and Dominic Nolker; and Clay Jackson Crowder and his little brother on the way; and one great-great-grandchild, Landon Graham.

He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Marilyn Williams, four nieces, two nephews, and many long-time close friends from his 46 years in Alcoholics Anonymous.

Jack was raised in the Disciples of Christ (Christian) church, and later affiliated as Methodist.

Jack graduated from Sublette High School in 1956, enlisting soon after in the Air Force. His last assignment was Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. After a brief period in Oklahoma City, he moved to Liberal, KS, going to work for Panhandle Eastern. After marrying Carolyn, he was transferred to the Kansas City, MO area where he resided the rest of his life.

He was skilled in many areas and was never afraid to try something new. From sales, to retail management, to clerical, to assembly line, to maintenance, to counseling—he did it all, even after his retirement from the gas company.

He also explored a number of hobbies. He won several chili contests, he loved shooting Sporting Clays, he was a gun collector, a coin collector, and he loved old cars. His favorite was his ‘55 Chevy—it was his very first brand new car.

He enjoyed travel, including a couple of cruises, but mostly loved road trips with Carolyn, always planning the next one. Jack and Carolyn began each day drinking coffee and working the crossword puzzle in the newspaper. He and Carolyn also loved watching Jeopardy and sports together—basketball, baseball, and especially football. He was always very interested in the history and statistics of the sports.

Jack loved his family and big gatherings and was always a big presence. He really made being together fun!

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Jack’s name be made to:

Kansas City Hospice House
12000 Wornall
Kansas City, MO 64145

Visitation for Jack Wallace on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Heartland Cremation and Burial Society, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown, MO 64133. Private family burial at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Higginsville to take place at a later date.

The family asks that those attending the visitation who are not fully vaccinated for Covid-19 please wear a mask.

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  1. Mike "turtle" Billion on June 9, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    Sorry to hear I always got a kick out of talking to on the occasions I got to. 🙁

  2. Lance Cummins on June 10, 2021 at 6:11 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. I will remember him as a warm, caring, authentic and genuine man. He was always welcoming and engaging and I thoroughly enjoyed being around him. My heart goes out to Carolyn and his girls. He will be missed by many.

  3. Kathy Lowery on June 10, 2021 at 10:17 am

    Jack was a special man with a smile that lit up a room! His warmth, humor, kindness, & love for his family will be his beautiful legacy. My heart aches for those he leaves behind, as I know how deeply he was loved. Cherish the memories & rest assured that he is forever looking down on his loved ones – continuing to watch out for all of his ladies. Rest comfortably, Jack – you are forever loved & treasured.

  4. Priscilla Farmer MacFarlane and all the Marion Farmer Clan on June 10, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    Carolyn, I did not know Jack very well, but know that you two seemed to have a wonderful life together and that speaks volumes. Sending prayers and blessings to you and Kelly, Lynn, and Sara. I know Jack was well loved and obviously loved well also. Love to you all as you remember him during this time of missing him.

  5. Mark Bybee on June 12, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Jack wasmost certainly one of a kind. He was one of the most fun and most interesting people I ever met. I consider myself so fortunate to have been his friend for over 40 years. He will be sorely missed but thought of often.

  6. Roger Thompson on June 13, 2021 at 10:48 am

    To all the Wallace family are prayer are with you and sorry for your loss of Jack.

  7. Will Medlicott on June 13, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    Jack (and Carolyn) saved my life. I loved him. My oldest son is named for him. He was a great man and I already miss him.
    My condolences to Carolyn, Kelly, Lynn, Sara and the rest of his family.

  8. Curry Mike on June 14, 2021 at 8:45 am

    So sorry for your loss, he was a great guy and super fun. I always enjoyed it when he came to visit Sara at work and we got to talk guns. Sending our love and prayers!

  9. Judy Padilla on June 16, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    Carolyn, Lynn, Kelly and Sara, we are so very sorry for the loss of Jack and your dad. We’ve been friends for a long time and it’s always so sad when one of them leaves us. Jack was always such a kind man, we will miss him. Our prayers are with your family.

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