Larry D. Wallace, 78


Larry D. Wallace, 78, of Sorento, died on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 6:25 p.m. at his residence.

Visitation will be held Sunday, April 18, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Sorento with full military honors. 

Mr. Wallace was born Sept. 28, 1942, in East St. Louis, to Walter and Bernadine (Johnson) Wallace. He married Ruby Miller on Oct. 6, 1979, in Sorento, and she survives.

He graduated from East St. Louis High School in 1961, and went on to proudly serve our country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and later Vietnam.

Upon his honorable discharge, Mr. Wallace worked for the Boilermakers #366 in Belleville for over 30 years. While there, he worked part-time as a policeman for Sorento. He concluded his career working for CIPS as a high-pressure pipe and tube welder.

He was a member of the Panama VFW and Masonic Lodge in Belleville, past member of the Sorento American Legion, past volunteer firefighter for Shoal Creek, and past board member for the village of Sorento.

Mr. Wallace could fix anything, and he quickly became the town welder and handyman in Sorento. He loved hunting, fishing, mechanic work and most of all, welding.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Wayne (wife Cindy) Wallace of Litchfield, Annette Stephens of Missouri, Edward Wallace, Dena (husband Phillip) Petroline, both of Sorento, and James Martin of Colorado; grandchildren, Marissa Davis, Tearsha Manibusan, Jace Wallace, Bobbie Brown, Alexander Stephens, Theresa Petroline, Emily Petroline, Ashley Dailey, Sarah Martin, Jessica Martin and Noah Martin; great-grandchildren, Damien, Trayse, Maylee and Tucker; sister, Joann (husband Bob) Lunk of Waterloo; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Wallace was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Terry “Ray” Wallace.

Memorials may be directed to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675.

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