Claude Allen Wallace, 63, of Shiloh, OH passed away and went to rest with his heavenly father 17th November 2018 at his home in Shiloh surrounded by family and friends, following a short illness.
Mr. Wallace came into this world on the 24 October 1955 in Mansfield, Ohio to Claude B. Wallace and Elizabeth (Wallace) Williams. Mr. Wallace grew up and raised his family on his family’s land in Shiloh, Ohio. A faithful worker who could always be depended upon, Claude began working as a farmhand during his junior high and high school years. After graduation he worked at TechForm for 16 years and was with the company until they closed. Claude worked for Essex in Lexington, Lakepark Industries in Greenwich, Taylor Metal in Mansfield, and spent the final 15 years before retirement at Phillips Manufacturing in Shelby.
Claude enjoyed many things, especially his beloved 1949 Harley Panhead which he restored by hand. His family recalls one year when he surprised everyone by bringing the Harley into the living room as a “Christmas Decoration.” Claude and his wife Loretta enjoyed many rides on the Panhead and rode with a dedicated group of friends. Claude was reverently referred to by local motorcycle enthusiasts as “The Professor” for his encyclopedic knowledge of motorcycle repair. While always humble about his talents, Claude was a gifted mechanic and tool and die expert who was known for finding innovative solutions to problems, often centering on small details that may have escaped others. Claude was always willing to lend a hand and to share his extensive knowledge with anyone who needed his help. Over the years, Claude enjoyed spending time going to flea markets and gun shows with his son Ben and special friend Fred Bays. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, music, creating, drawing and playing his guitar. He enjoyed his granddaughter’s concerts and treasured his time with his children and grandchildren, family, and friends. Claude was a great husband and provider for his family as well as a true and loyal friend to many. He loved loving them and loved to be loved. May he rest in eternal peace.
He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth (Wallace) Williams; his beloved wife of 41 years, Loretta Jean (Schiffer) Wallace; his children Ben (Rachelle) Wallace of Galion, Jonathan (Tymber) Wallace of Mansfield, and Crystal Crawford. Grandchildren Madison Mullins, Bailey Wallace, Mikinzi Pigman, Griffin Pigman, Emily Wallace, Ben Wallace, Jr., Willow Wallace, and Hazell Wallace; his sister, Nancy (Ron) Ison of Bedford, KY; his brother-in-law Dan (Robin) Schiffer of Shelby; sister-in-law Irene (Larry) Appleby of Bucyrus; and sister-in-law Betty Thomas of Crestline as well as many nieces and nephews. Mr. Wallace has one grandchild and a great-grandchild on the way.
Claude is preceded in death by a son, Chad Allen Wallace; his father, Claude B. Wallace; a brother, Charles R. Wallace; his father-in-law Richard Schiffer and mother-in-law Pauline (Baldridge) Schiffer, his brother-in-law, Paul Thomas.
Friends may call at the Barkdull Funeral Home & Crematory on Tuesday November 20, 2018 from 6-8 PM and also one hour prior to the funeral service on Wednesday at 10:30 AM. Rev. Doug Tackett will officiate with interment held in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Shiloh. Memorial expressions may be made to Ohio Health Hospice.
The family of Claude Wallace would like to express their deepest gratitude to Ohio Health Hospice for the loving care they provided.