Robert "Bob" Rundle Wallace

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  • Name: Robert "Bob" Rundle Wallace
  • Location of Birth: Hibbing, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: February 4, 1919
  • Date of Death: April 3, 2006 (87 years old)
  • Parents: Guy Wallace and Maude (Kinney) Wallace
  • High School and Class: Hibbing High School, Hibbing, Minnesota
  • College: Hibbing Community College - Hibbing, Minnesota
    1949 - Michigan Technological University - degrees in Mining, Metallurgical and Civil Engineering
  • Highest Rank: S SGT (Staff Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch: United States Army Air Corps
  • Date Sworn In: 1942
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  • Date of Discharge: 1945
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  • Military Highlights:
    Robert enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in 1942. He served as an armament ball turret gunner in Germany where he was shot down and was a prisoner of war near Gross Tychow, Germany for one year.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:
    Prisoner of War for one year near Gross Tychow, Germany

  • Civilian Life:
    On August 8, 1945, Bob married Norma Christine Brown in Monahans, Texas.

    They moved to Houghton, Michigan, where he attended and graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1949 with degrees in mining, metallurgical and civil engineering.

    They then moved to Hibbing, Minnesota and later to Chisholm, Minnesota where he was in the United States Steel's Oliver Iron Mining Division in Hibbing as a mining engineer. In 1954, he became supervisor of engineering for the Sherman Mine. From 1960 to 1965 he was superintendent and mineral lease engineer for the Minnesota Operation.

    In 1966, Bob founded RR Wallace and Associates, a consulting firm involved with mining and civil engineering and surveying projects including design of sewer and water treatment plans across the Iron Range. He was president until his retirement in 1985.

    In 1998, Bob was inducted into the Michigan Technological University Academy of Distinguished Mining Engineers.

    Bob was very active in the community as a volunteer and was a member of the Untied Methodist Church in Chisholm.

    In the fall of 2004, he moved to Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Norma in 2003, his parents, and his sister, Ada Ruth Farley.

    Bob is survived by his children, Thomas (Carol) Wallace, Bruce (Cheryl) Wallace; and Carol LaRue (Joseph) Spooner; his brother, Samuel; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

    Bob died at Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital in Grand Rapids and is buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery at Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Section 26, Site 2242)

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