Wallace Henry Zallek, 84, fell asleep in the Lord in the early morning of December 8, 2013 at home in Ahwatukee, Arizona. Wally was born on June 5, 1929 in Mason City, Iowa to Henry and Anna Zallek, and is survived by his wife, Barbara Anne Karp, children: Susan Marie Eckhoff - Golden Valley, MN; Jeanne Louise Lincoln (Jim) - Cave Creek, AZ; Paul Andrew - Helena, MT; Julie Ann - Mankato, MN; Mark Stephen (Nancy) - St. Peter, MN; Laurie Barbara Knight (Dan) - St. Peter, MN; John Richard (Lori) - Tempe, AZ, grandchildren: Alexandra (Clay) Nelson, Mark (Stephanie) Eckhoff, Taylor Zallek, Bailey Zallek, Brett Zallek, Anne Lincoln, Georgia Lincoln, Molly Knight, and Jon Knight, four great grandchildren, and two sisters: Irene Dunn - Mason City, Iowa and Polly Buttram - Plymouth, MN.
Wally married Barbara in Bird Island, Minnesota, December 31, 1951. They had their first child, Susan, while living briefly in Bird Island; their next five (Jeanne, Paul, Julie, Mark, and Laurie, while living in Mason City, Iowa; and John, while living in Dell Rapids, South Dakota. He moved his family to Saint Peter, Minnesota in 1967.
Wally had a great interest in baseball, a sport for which he was paid to work as a catcher for the Bird Island, Minnesota town team during his summers in between his college years at Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. If it had not been for his taking a job "playing" baseball in Bird Island, God only knows how history would have played out.
Wally retired from State Farm insurance in 1992. He and Barbara relocated in 1997 to Ahwatukee in Phoenix, Arizona. During his married years in Mason City he managed a Standard Oil service station. He was employed by State Farm Insurance as an auto claims adjuster in South Dakota, returned briefly to managing a Standard Oil service station in Willmar, Minnesota and finally returned to State Farm in Mankato, Minnesota. Wally planned well for his and Barb's retirement, and settled in Arizona.
The funeral service is scheduled for June 28, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Peter's Catholic Church in Saint Peter, Minnesota, with burial of ashes at Calvary Cemetery in Saint Peter. A Celebration of Life with be held Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 1-4 p.m. the RTV2 Clubhouse for Family and Friends. May Wallace Henry rest in eternal peace.
A special thanks to the Grace Hospice staff, especially Joan Erickson, RN, and Dr. Mathew and
Dr. Cho. Additional special thanks to Wally's family physician, Dr. Whitten.
The family requests memorials be sent to Grace Hospice: 2141 E. Broadway Drive, Suite 118 Tempe,