In memory of

James "Jim" Wallace

August 25, 1932 - August 16, 2021
From: Lake View, IA
James "Jim" Wallace

James "Jim" Wallace

Born: August 25, 1932
Died: August 16, 2021
Age: 88
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   Jim Wallace, age 88 of Lake View, IA, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 16, 2021, at Black Hawk Life Care Center in Lake View.
   James William Wallace was born on August 25, 1932, to parents LaVerne and Lucena (Segelke) Wallace in Cherokee, IA. He was baptized and confirmed at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee. Jim and his sister, Barbara, were raised in Cherokee where they attended school. Jim graduated from Cherokee High School with the class of 1950. He then attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, IA, before being drafted into the United States Army in January of 1953. Jim served his country during the Korean War as a Corporal. He was honorably discharged on October 21, 1954. Upon returning home, Jim attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. 
   On April 10, 1955, Jim married the love of his life, Norma Lydia Goslar, at St. John Lutheran Church in Charter Oak, IA. This union was blessed with three sons: Geoffrey, Craig, and Timothy. They lived in West Branch, IA, for a short time before moving back to Cherokee. In 1957 Jim was approached by the Buena Vista County game warden, Frank Starr, about working for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. He would soon find this occupation to be his life-long passion.  Jim received the Frank Starr Conservation Award from the Little Sioux Wildlife Association.  Jim and Norma moved to Lake View where he worked as a conservation officer for both Sac and Ida counties in Iowa for thirty-two years before retiring in 1989.
   Jim was the epitome of what it means to be an outdoor enthusiast. His love of the environment and determination to preserve it was impressive. He devoted a lot of his time educating others, especially area youth, about the importance of treating the environment respectfully. He was an active member of the Sac County Sportsman’s Club. Jim organized the Sac-Carroll Conservation Camp attended by numerous area youth allowing kids hands-on experiences in the great outdoors. Jim was also known for providing area youth with new fishing poles. This was something he thoroughly enjoyed and always brought a smile to his face.  Many area youth owe their interest in conservation to Jim’s enthusiasm towards Iowa’s abundant natural resources.  Trees....some ‘seven hundred thousand’ (Jim’s calculation was a little off) were planted by Jim throughout his lifetime, a true testament to his love of the outdoors. Jim was approached by KCIM Radio Station to present a weekly hunting and fishing report which is now being continued by his grandson, Ben. 
   After Jim retired, he and Norma experimented with charter fishing on Lake Michigan. He obtained his US Coast Guard 50 Ton Master License and captained the “Jolly Fisherman” for two years. He and Norma entertained many friends and family on their boat the “Sunchaser”. To say Jim liked to fish is an understatement. His love of fishing, along with the passion and knowledge that he held for the water and everything that lives in it, was second to none. While home was always Black Hawk Lake, he and his family enjoyed fishing trips all over the nation. The Florida Keys, Texas, Arkansas, Utah, New Hampshire, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia, just to name a few.
   Jim was a man of strong faith. He knew who his maker was and was always very thankful and gracious for what the Lord provided. His family meant the world to him. To spend time with them was without a doubt, at the top of his ‘favorite things to do’ list. Jim was quite proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He and Norma were long-term members of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Lake View where Jim served as President of the church council.
   Jim leaves his earthly life having set an amazing example of what it means to be a conscious conservationist. We can all be caretakers of our environment and the wildlife that lives in it. His memory will forever live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.
   Jim is survived by his wife of sixty-six years, Norma Wallace of Lake View, IA; children: Geoffrey (Donna) Wallace of Sulphur Springs, TX, Craig (Jackie) Wallace of Lake View, IA, and Tim Wallace of Richfield, UT; grandchildren: Andrew (Laura) Wallace of Dallas, TX, Ashleigh (Eric) Lacey of St. Charles, MO, Jim (Chloe) Wallace of Lake View, IA, Ben (Melissa) Wallace of Lake View, IA, Alexa (Cassidy) Schear of Richfield, UT, and Madisen Wallace of Richfield, UT; great-grandchildren: Margaret Wallace, Olive and Willow Wallace, Grace and Claire Wallace, Radisen, Tayven, Kaysen, and Ridge Schear; brother-in-law Roger Flint of Cedar Rapids, IA; sister-in-law Jerry Goslar of Infield, NH; many other extended family members and friends.
   Jim was preceded in death by his father and mother, LaVerne and Lucena Wallace; stepmother Gladys Wallace; brothers-in-law Wilfred (Marlene) Goslar and Eldon (Marjorie) Goslar; and sisters-in-law Helen (Kenneth) Torgeson, and Edna Mae (Charles) Schultz.

   Memorials may be directed to Black Hawk Lake Preservation Association and Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Jim's Memory.

 

 

 

 

Tribute Video
SERVICES
10:30 a.m., Saturday
August 21, 2021
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Lake View, Iowa
OFFICIATING
Reverend Donald E. Peterson III
VISITATION
5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Friday
August 20, 2021
Emmanuel Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall
Lake View, Iowa
INTERMENT
Ferguson Cemetery
Lake View, Iowa

Condolences

Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 4:47 PM
“Sorry to hear of Jim's passing, no doubt still after the big fish. RIP”
- Nolan R Kreft
Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 4:47 PM
“I have many fond memories sharing a duck blind with Jim, which often included his sons and the Haseks. My career with the DNR was influenced in part by my friendship with Jim. I trust that God has filled Jim's "Grumman" with decoys, a Browning, a fly rod, and his beagle Bones. However, he will not need any divine help finding the best honey holes in Heaven for ducks and fish because Jim always had a natural instinct to find those places on his own accord. Good hunting and fishing Jim. With sincere respect and sympathy to the entire Wallace family.”
- Kirk Irwin
Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 4:47 PM
“I have appreciated knowing Jim for so many years. His passing will surely leave a void in the City of Lake View and most of all his family. He was admired by many.”
- Earl & Janet Hanson
Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 4:47 PM
“We send our deepest sympathy.Connie and Bernie Dheere”
- Connie and Bernie Dheere
Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 4:47 PM
“We send our deepest sympathy. Connie and Bernie Dheere”
- Connie and Bernie Dheere
Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 4:47 PM
“So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I loved hearing him share his knowledge on, well, almost everything. He always made time to say hi. I am sure he will be missed but, obviously, his efforts will have a lasting effect. Take care Wallace family.”
- Michelle Witte
Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM
“RIP Jim. As I sit here I remember you from the time I was about 12 years old. A few years later you accused my brother and I of shooting your goose decoys! Sorry, but it was not us (as we stated many times). Not that we would not have done it if we had thought about it. Since AI have lived in Alaska for 45 years I was unable to chat with you, but I will always remember those times at Art's Sport Shop and often in Lake View at your office. You were an inspiration to me and you still are.”
- Richard Freese
Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM
“My sympathy to Ben and everyone”
- Martin Shellenberger
Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM
“Deepest Sympathy to one and all. Sincerely Pat and Verdi Maunu”
- Pat Maunu
Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM
“My sympathy to Ben and everyone-God Bless”
- Martin Shellenberger
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 7:31 PM
“Sorry to hear about Jim's passing. Prayers for the family...”
- Alan Buse
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 7:31 PM
“So sorry to hear of Jim's death. So many good memories of our times together. Great times with he and Bob Hasek and others. Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends. ”
- Joe Skow
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 7:31 PM
“Sympathy to the Wallace family!”
- Steven Frank
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 7:31 PM
“Norma, So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Love hugs and prayers.”
- Charlene Green
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 7:31 PM
“Norma and family, Don and I are thinking of you with sympathy. We know that you have many happy memories to hold onto. Blessings to you all.”
- Don and Donna Tjaden
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 7:31 PM
“I'm sorry to learn of your loss.”
- Dennis Mein
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 7:31 PM
“So very sorry about your loss. I feel privileged to have gotten to spend some limited time with Jim (gramps) over the years. He was quite a character and I always enjoyed his stories. ”
- Chris Larson
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 7:31 PM
“On behalf of the Iowa DNR Law Enforcement Honor Guard Unit I would like to offer my condolences to Jim's family on his passing. We appreciate Jim's many years of service to the citizens of Iowa. ”
- Ron Lane
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