John W. Wallace passed away in his sleep on July 17, 2017, just short of his 91st birthday. A memorial service honoring his life will be 1 p.m. on August 5, 2017 at Southern Hills Christian Church, Edmond, OK.
John was born August 20, 1926, to Hugh and Helen Wallace. His four children, Harold Wallace, Cathryn Thomas, Helen Ruth Riggs and James Wallace; ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren survive him.
An early Oklahoma advertising agency man, John went into partnership with his dad, Hugh M. Wallace and Ed Galloway to help build Galloway Wallace Advertising Agency, Inc., into a well known company in the '50's through '70's with creative efforts from the milk bottle on Classen originally for Townley's Dairy to live TV commercials and then to filmed commercials for multiple regional clients throughout the Southwest. He was truly an early day ad man, creatively in-tune to the then growing TV advertising world.
In the early '70's, he decided to learn how to fly. To fund his flying time, he sought outlying manufacturers in Western Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri to serve. And it worked well for him, allowing him to accumulate thousands of hours providing new creative ideas to his new advertising clients.
John grew up in the 'Midtown' Plaza area of Oklahoma City, Okla., moving to Edmond in 1957 so that he could be "out in the country", as he and his wife Jeri raised four children. Funny thing is that his "country place with a dirt road in front"soon became a central part of the ever-growing Edmond. So, after their children graduated from high school, the Wallaces moved to Colorado for much of each year to hike, stalk wild game for photos and then paint or write about what they saw. The time gone from his advertising practice grew, week by week, year after year, until the couple retired and spent substantial time in Colorado until John's wife Jeri became ill.
John could easily be described as a passionate person about oil painting. In Colorado, he painted multiple landscapes based on his exploring and hiking. Back in Edmond, he moved more to portraits, especially family members and Indians. He became a strong supporter of multiple Indian Reservation Health and Child Welfare Campaigns. He and Jeri probably spent more time studying the greatest European artists at the Louvre, in Paris, than most Europeans. They traveled to Switzerland to enjoy the mountains.
John and his wife Jeri were also passionate about their children and introducing them to all that life might offer. Their motto was "Seize The Day". To that end, the family vacationed the US, mostly tenting; explored different religions by study; learned about learning by debating and reading; and learned about music and art by learning instruments, learning artistic procedures and touring countless art galleries. Both John and Jeri were passionate about continuing their formal education. While working, they both obtained multiple degrees of higher education from both OCU and UCO.
John instilled a huge sense of excitement about exploring nature and all of the personally satisfying sports tied to nature from hiking, camping, boating, and skiing to snorkeling.
John was a WWII Veteran, post war, notably as a guard with the Nazi War Trials in Nuremburg, Germany. Dad will be missed. He was a good man.
The John W. Wallace funeral will be 1 p.m., Saturday August 5, 2017 at Southern Hills Christian Church, 3207 S. Boulevard, Edmond, OK, 73013, under the direction of Crawford Family Funeral Service, Edmond.
Published on August 1, 2017