Kermit R. "Wally"  Wallace
Died: Jun 5, 2017

Kermit Robert “Wally” Wallace, of Independence Twp. Vienna, NJ passed peacefully on June 5, 2017. He was born on March 31, 1931 in Jersey City, NJ. He was 86 years old. Wally resided in Independence TWP for almost 50 years.

Wally was drafted at the age of 19 into the US Army and spent the next 2 years fighting in the Korean War. Upon his return, Wally worked several jobs including the US Postal Service in East Orange, NJ until he gathered his family and moved to Vienna, NJ in 1968. This is also the year he proudly joined the Independence Twp. Volunteer Fire Department where he was elected Chief from 1976-1977. Wally is a Lifetime Member of Station 73. He is also retired from Hoffman La Roche located in Belvidere, NJ after many years of service.

He was predeceased by his parents; Kermit Sr and Ann Wallace, his 1st wife Janet (Hoffman) Wallace, his wife Gracee (Reid) Wallace, and his son Kerry Wallace.

Wally is survived by his children and their spouses: Barry (Rose) Wallace, Lawrence (Christel) Blyden, Roland Wallace, Dalton (Dana) Blyden, Ronald W Bouldware, Rory Mial, Kimberli (Keith) Weaver, and Kendell Lynne Wallace.

He was also blessed with 14 Grandchildren: Juanita “Charisse” Wallace, Janae (Phillip) Tross, Jasmine Wallace, Gregory Smith, Nathaniel Wallace, Wayne Michael Wallace, Victoria Blyden, Molly Grace Blyden, Roneshia Bouldware, Adrianne Bouldware, Allya Weaver, Myles Weaver, Marcus Beasley and George White V. He is also survived by his 10 Great Grandchildren: Sean D K McDowell, Major G A McDowell, Jaylen Tross, Nathaniel C Wallace Jr, Hadley Grace Wallace, Bentley Michael Young, Morgan Bouldware-Nichols, Kennedy Weaver, Makaela Weaver and Julian Weaver. As well as his dear friends and community.

Firefighter services will be held Friday, June 9, 2017 from 4pm-8pm and Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 10am at Cochran's Funeral Home in Hackettstown, NJ; follow by a Celebration of Life Repast on Saturday following his Last Call at the Independence TWP Fire Department.


George Benson
June 16th, 2017 4:22 pm
I was doubly saddened to learn today of Wally's death and to not have been previously aware of it since I would have liked the opportunity to express my condolences in person to the entire family of a gentleman who was a friend to everyone whom he encountered. Most particularly, my sympathies are directed to Kendall, with whom I became acquainted as my son Bill's classmate, and to Rory who was active in Boy Scouts with Bill, as well as Kim whom I recall as their sister. In one of my last contacts with Wally, I had the pleasure of toasting the birth of his granddaughter Molly Grace, providing a happy memory of his well lived life.
Kendell Wallace
June 15th, 2017 10:29 pm
missing you so - 1 week down - so different - rest easy daddy
Terry Waldron
June 14th, 2017 6:00 pm
My friend. The kind of man every young boy should strive to become - kInd, patient, community minded, loved his family, friendly to everyone - a true gentleman. Everyone liked Wally. He will be sadly missed.
Margaret Bray
June 11th, 2017 12:54 pm
The Bray family sends sincere condolences on the loss of your father.
Sandra Cortright
June 10th, 2017 7:32 am
Kendall and family. So sorry to hear of Wally passing. Bob and I enjoyed all of the time we spent with him. The was a wonderful friend. He took on my first ride in a fire truck but told me not to touch anything. It still brings a smile to my face. I loved to dance with him, I could hardly keep up. Our hearts are with u today.
Neil Billger
June 9th, 2017 9:30 am
I am so sorry to hear of then passing of Wally. I worked with Wally at HLR in Building 200 for 16 years. My most sincere sympathy for his entire family. I also thought the condolence from his son Kermit was very touching.
Joyce Hing
June 8th, 2017 1:48 pm
So sorry to hear of Wally's passing. Such a warm and caring man. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to family.
Elder Ronald W. Bouldware
June 8th, 2017 12:57 pm
To my father; Just as Abraham was called to follow his destiny into a distant land, we too were separated earlier than expected. The events of life are often beyond our understanding, but God knows. The beginnings are never more important than the conclusion, and my heart and concerns were that your eternal issues were settled in His Kingdom. I'm at peace to know I will see you again on that wonderful day that God deems appropriate to call me home as well. Until then I know where the nature to be a gentlemen and man of integrity were gifted to me! And I thank you for that. I feel proud to know that your life was consistently engaged in the service, safety, and well being of others. And that you valued others more than yourself! I say Bravo! to a man whom his peers and community can speak so highly of! Though God knew my journey required unique experiences and trials to develop me, He placed human angels (Anita & Bishop Bouldware) in my life to pour into me much like you have poured into the lives of the many people you've served over these many decades. While Saturdays Last Call may be the final expression of your life in this realm, it is merely an announcement of your arrival into God's Kingdom of eternal rest and peace. I salute you now, and look forward to the heavenly embrace that awaits! Love Eternally! Your son Kermit R. Wallace III AKA. Elder Ronald W. Bouldware
Rose wallace
June 8th, 2017 11:48 am
Dad from the first time we met you welcome me into ur family and told me I was your daughter in law you gave me the biggest and held me tight I said dad you are hugging me to tight and you said I'm suppose too the stories you told me I could listen too everyday our phone calls meant a lot you told me many things I appreciate everything you told me my heart is sad but I know you are at peace no pain no worries just full of love laughter you are priceless I will miss our talks I know you are the most handsome angel
June 8th, 2017 8:52 am
Liz Iacampo Palumbo
June 7th, 2017 9:24 pm
I was a classmate of Larry and Dalton but never had the pleasure of meeting their dad. My condolences to the family of Mr. Wallace. I always enjoyed seeing him proudly march in the Memorial Day Parade and am quite certain his absence will be felt by many. I am very sorry for your loss.
Lt. James V. Sharkey (ret)
June 7th, 2017 8:19 pm
I am so sorry to hear this. Wally was a quiet kind person. He gave many years of service to his community. His passing will leave a space that can never be filled.
Stacy Bockbrader
June 7th, 2017 7:01 pm
Kindred, my heart goes out to you and your family. I'm honored to have known your daddy, laughed with him and celebrated his life with you and yours. He will forever be loved, forever missed and will forever live on in the memories and stories told by the many of us who have been fortunate enough to have know this beloved man. Be at peace my friend,
Erika and Glenn Young
June 7th, 2017 6:37 pm
Our condolences to the family Wally was a wonderful neighbor on Water Street in Vienna NJ .
Cindy DeFosse
June 7th, 2017 6:32 pm
My deepest condolences to you all. Wally always had a wave & a bright smile to go with it when he saw you. Such a warm, friendly & loving Gentleman. The roads of Independence Township will never be the same.
June 7th, 2017 5:16 pm
Daddy - the hollow numbness will one day fade and I will hold on the infinite amount of love, laughter, and memories....THE HONOR and GLORY falls upon you for your family and ALL THAT LOVE YOU will remain as your Legacy. No words will ever do you justice...ever. I am in awe of all that you are and leave behind. Tour moral compass and blueprint of being a father and friend will remain not only were my Daddy but became one of my closest friends...I will miss your smile, your jokes and laugh....but mostly your hugs...your shoulder and words of encouragement when i did not even realize i needed them! As we spoke on Saturday - I get it now and understand and will keep my promises...Thank you sir for being my father and loving me as your youngest...and as your friend...Rest easy and fly high... "i'd play a song that would never ever end - dear Lord Im dying to dance with my father again!" Forever your Baby Girl Kendell Lynne
Meghan and Christopher Smith
June 7th, 2017 3:25 pm
Walt was one of outr favorite people. With kindness and s smile, we were always greeted. Wally will be missed.
allya weaver
June 7th, 2017 3:20 pm
grandfather (pop pop) I know that no matter, you will be with me when life separate us, I know it is only your soul saying goodbye to the body, but your spirit will always be me. When I see a bird chirping on a nearby branch, I will always know that's you singing to me. When a butterfly brushes gently by me so carelessly, I know its your reassuring me that your free of pain. When the gentleness of a flower catches my attention, I know its you reminding me to appreciate the simple things in life. When the suns shines through my window, Still I hear your words of wisdom your secret recipe to life. When I look at the sky I see a picture of we. You are my angel so until we meet. I love you pop pop.
The Caufield's
June 7th, 2017 2:05 pm
Our most sincere condolences go out to the Wallace family. I cannot find words adequate enough to describe this man other than just say He was our friend and we were honored to call him so. Though saddened by our loss, I will celebrate a life well lived. Go with God, my friend. I will never forget the example you set for all of us to live by...
Jean and Martha and Rick
June 7th, 2017 1:56 pm
Prayers to family and friends another angel in Heavens above may you Rest In Peace
My Final Love Message to My Wonderful Father
June 7th, 2017 1:37 pm
Dad, I will also cherish our time we spent together, our phone calls, and your visits to Ohio. I know you everyone will miss you dearly but I will always miss you for eternity. The sorrow I feel now I know is only for a short period of time before you will appear as my angel; as you have always been to me. I will always hold you close in my heart just I did on that Sunday when I had to say my goodbyes. Please know you have made me the person I have become and for that I could never ask for a more loving, caring, generous, wonderful FATHER. Rest in peace now-my personal angel. Love Your Daughter, Kimberli Ann
Richard & Dee Menagh
June 6th, 2017 7:41 pm
Kendell, Our prayers to you and the Family. Wally will be missed by every one.
Dennis Dalman
June 6th, 2017 7:11 pm
Walley you will be deeply missed but never forgotten.God Speed my brother and friend.
Gail and Dale Durling
June 6th, 2017 6:54 pm
Saddened to hear of the death of Wally. We had known him over 40 years. Loved seeing him around and chatting with him. Our sympathy to his family. He was a great man.
Sharon Schlomer Housel and Pat
June 6th, 2017 5:08 pm
We are so very sorry to hear about Wally. Our condolences to the families and friends whose hearts were touched by his passing.
Kim Richards n Family
June 6th, 2017 3:55 pm
I'm so sad hearing about the passing of a great man my thoughts and prayers are with the family
Tina Bencivengo Culp
June 6th, 2017 3:27 pm
Kendell and Family... All my love, prayers, and sympathies to all! Wally will be missed beyond measure. I am so sorry for your loss!
Paul & Robin Wallace
June 6th, 2017 1:51 pm
My Wife Robin and I are saddened to hear of Chief Wallace's Passing. Wally was a true Gentleman and true Independence Twp Treasure who will be truly missed by the Independence Twp Fire Department and the Township as well. May the LORD Comfort the Wallace Family as only HE can during this period of Mourning. God Bless Paul & Robin Wallace
Bob & Vicky Hing
June 6th, 2017 1:49 pm
For Wally's family we will keep you in our prayers. Wally was a great man and one heck of a good dancer! We had a lot of fun doing the polka at several occasions. He will surely be missed. Our hearts go out to you at this very sad news. Bob & Vicky Hing
Dorris Lee Stanley
June 6th, 2017 1:49 pm
Kendell, You and your family are in my thoughts and prays. Kermit was an awesome man, I'm glad I got to meet him. God Bless you in this time of loss and sorrow. I love you!
Joy and Lester Snyder, Sr.
June 6th, 2017 12:59 pm
We are so very saddened to learn of the passing of our longtime friend, Wally. Wally was one of the kindest and most gentlemanly men you could ever have the privilege to know. Our most Sincere Sympathy to the entire family. Joy and Les Snyder
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