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Gordon Edward Wallace

June 17, 1933 ~ April 7, 2021 (age 87)


Gordon E. "Gordy" Wallace, age 87, of Kalamazoo, Michigan passed away peacefully April 7th, 2021 from complications of Alzheimer's. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 65 years, Carol, his children Scott Wallace, Tim (Janine) Wallace, Cindy (Jeff) Smith; seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and his brother Eugene (Sharon) Wallace. Gordon was preceded in death by his mother, Frieda Petzke Wallace and his father, Merton Henry Wallace. Gordon was born in Buchanan MI. and raised in Coldwater MI. As a recipient of All State football honors, Gordon followed his dream of playing football at the college level and enrolled at Western Michigan University, later graduating in 1956 with a BA degree. While attending college, he met the love of his life Carol Tassie. They became inseparable and soon married. In 1958, Gordon joined the National Guard where he rose to the level of Company Commander of the 156th Signal Corp of Kalamazoo. During that time, his unit was called into active duty during the Berlin Crisis. Gordon and Carol moved to Portage, MI. where they lived for 50 years. Gordy cherished those years. He developed many long-lasting friendships, was active in Boy Scouts, coached Rocket football, and showed his admiration and support for Michigan football every Saturday in the fall of each year. Gordon retired as Quality Control and Customer Service Manager from Lear Siegler in 1988. During his retirement he enjoyed his family and friends, his veggie garden, the casinos, his several vacations on Anna Maria Island in Florida and golf. In 2000, Gordon decided to enter back into the work force and worked for the City of Portage in the Parks Department. He truly enjoyed leading and mentoring young people. This dear man, who was a huge part of our lives will be sorely missed. The imprint that he left on all of us will be everlasting. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of Gordon's life will be announced at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Langeland Family Funeral Homes Burial & Cremation Services, 3926 S. 9th St. Kalamazoo, MI 49009. The family welcomes memories and messages on their online guestbook at


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