Major Charles Eugene “Gene” Wallace, 73, died peacefully in San Antonio on July 11, 2018 at University Hospital in the presence of his beloved wife Suzy and son Ray. He served a distinguished military career, both in Southeast Asia as an enlisted airman during the Vietnam Conflict, and as an officer from 1979 to 1994.
Gene was born on March 7, 1945 in Huntsville, Texas to Mary Alline-Angier Wallace and Dr. Raymond Frank Wallace. Shortly after graduating from high school, he crossed the seas for the first time in 1968 to serve his nation in Southeast Asia in the United States Air Force, where he served at the Bien Hoa Air Base and Ham Tan. Shortly afterwards, while assigned to the American Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, he was blessed beyond measure when he met his wife and soulmate Suzy in July 1971. They took their marital vows in Houston, Texas on 24 August 1973, and spent their many years together brightening the lives of those around them.
Gene left the service in 1972 to complete his B.S. degree in Political Science at the University of Houston, and worked as a civilian until 1979, when he completed OTS at Lackland AFB, Texas and was trained as an AWACS Air Surveillance Officer. His distinguished forty-year career in the Air Force and Private Sector included assignments in Management, C4ISR, Counterterrorism, Counterproliferation, Information Operations (IO), Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), and Political/Economic Intelligence. Gene lived & worked in ten different nations across the globe and played an instrumental role in the development & implementation of programs & contracts for DoD and Federal Law Enforcement and served in Local Law Enforcement as an Auxiliary Police Officer. He retired from his final Air Force assignment in 1994.
Gene is survived by his dear wife Suzy, son Ray, daughter-in-law Kimberly, granddaughter Kirana, and another granddaughter on the way. He is predeceased by his parents, and his older sister Margaret Angela Wallace. He leaves behind a vast legion of loving extended family members and grateful friends who have been forever touched by his generosity and kindness.
A graveside service with full military honors will be held Wednesday, 25 July at 10:30 AM at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery (1520 Harry Wurzbach, San Antonio, TX). Rev. Terry Davis from Sequin, Texas will be the presiding pastor. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes memorial gifts in Gene’s memory to the following organizations:
National Stroke Association: https://secure2.convio.net/nsa/site/Don ... tion=form1
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: https://donate.lls.org/lls/donate
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