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Arnold M. Wallace

Sep 1, 1921 - Jun 8, 2018
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    There is a time for all of us to meet death and our faith lets us know it is not the end, only a marvelous change. Arnold Melvin Wallace, 96, a long-time Cle Elum resident died in his home on Masterson Road surrounded by his children. His wife, Laurene died June 30, 2015. Arnold and Laurene were married 73 years and 8 months at the time of Laurene’s passing. He spent the last two and one-half years without Laurene but had the loving care of his children every day since Laurene’s death.  His wish of dying at home was granted because of his children lovingly caring for him, along with his “babysitters”, as he liked to call them, and his loving friends of Hospice. 

    Arnold was raised with his brothers Lionel and Harold in Orofino Idaho by his parents Beatrice and Arthur Wallace. He had a loving childhood and in 1941 at the age of 20 he married the love of his life, Laurene Craig. Shortly after their marriage they moved to the state of Washington where they spent their entire lives. Arnold worked in the carpentry trade all of his life becoming a successful building contractor where he built many homes in the Columbia Basin area. 21 years after their first child was born they were blessed with the gift of their youngest child “Beth Ann”. In 1987 they moved to Cle Elum where he spent the last 31 years of his life. They purchased their home on Masterson Road because it was equal distance between their children.
    They were fortunate enough to have a winter home in Yuma, Arizona where they enjoyed 24 years each winter of warm weather and great friendships. 
    Arnold loved to hunt and one of his greatest enjoyments was to hunt with his son Danny for over 60 years. He loved his horses and from the early part of his married life he always had horses to hunt with. He loved a garage sale and was well known for finding all kinds of goodies that he needed, or didn’t need, for a good price. He once bought 15 pair of crutches because they were a good price. He gave a set of crutches to everyone in the family in case they needed them. He was an avid fisherman and loved being with his son catching fish for just as many years as he hunted with Danny. Joining Arnold and Danny often were several of his grandsons to hunt and fish alongside him. Arnold was without a doubt the hardest worker you’ve ever seen. There wasn’t anything that he could not fix or figure out. He was blessed with lots of energy and good health and he would work like the energizer bunny. Everyone who knew him remarked they had never seen a harder worker in their lives. One of Arnold’s greatest accomplishments, along with Laurene, was creating a great family.  Arnold was always prouder of this accomplishment than anything that he did. He talked of it many times during his last years.  “The greatest gift a father can give his children is to love their mother.”          Thanks Dad for giving us that gift.
    Arnold is preceded in death by his parents, Beatrice and Arthur Wallace, his brothers, Lionel and Harold Wallace, his grandsons Rodney Warner and Brian Clasen and his son-in-law Burt Souders. No matter how old or how ill, it is a great sadness to lose a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great grandfather or friend.
     Arnold is survived by his daughters Sandy Souders (Jim) of Garfield, Sharon (Jack) McMillan of Yakima, Shirley (Gene) Clasen of Quincy, Beth Harkcom of Cle Elum and son Danny (Susie) Wallace of Lincoln, Montana. He is survived by his 15 grandchildren, Jamie (Thomas) Dahl, Robert Warner, Greg (Marnie) McMillan, Mark (Lynette) McMillan, Nicholas McMillan, Landi (Kevin) Lee, Colby (Stacey) Clasen, Cameron (Stacie) Clasen, Stacy Vrem, Luann (Simon) Rose, Becky (Richard) Whitacre, Magen Whitacre, Cody Wallace, Jeremy Harkcom, Justin (Angelia) Harkcom, 45 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Arnold was blessed to have lived 5 generations.
    A funeral service will be held in Cle Elum, Washington on June 16, 2018 -11:00 a.m. at the Cle Elum Community Church, Pastor Worth Wilson officiating, 201 East 3rd Street, Cle Elum, Washington 98922. Viewing will be at the church at 9:30 am.  Burial at Laurel Hill Memorial Cemetery, Cle Elum, Washington. All are invited to attend. Reception following the service at the church.
In memory of Arnold, memorials may be made to KVH Hospice, 309 East Mountain View Avenue, Ellensburg, Washington 98926. 

Funeral Information

Funeral service

Jun 16, 2018:11:00 am

Cle Elum Community Church

201 E 3rd Cle Elum




Laurel Hills Cemetery

Cle Elum, WA