Richard Hugh Wallace was a caring husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend. He died of complications after a long battle with cancer on September 6, 2021, surrounded by his family. He was 74 years old.
Mr. Wallace was a proud family man and is survived by his wife of 50 years, Margo, and two children and their spouses Brian and Jessica Wallace of Folsom, and Lori and Adam Gerber of Elk Grove. He also had five loving grandchildren: Cole, Jack, Luke, Claire, and Drew. He is preceded in death by his parents, Alexander and Frances Wallace, and his brother, William Wallace, and survived by his brother, Robert Wallace of Abilene, Texas.
Richard was a proud veteran and served honorably in the United States Army, achieving the rank of staff sergeant. For his service, he earned an Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal and Bronze Service Star. His Army service played a very important role in Mr. Wallace’s life, and he proudly served as an honorary guest judge for several years at the Elk Grove Veterans’ Day Parade.
Richard was born in Sacramento, CA on December 26, 1946, and graduated from C. K. McClatchy High School. Richard was a graduate of the California State University, Sacramento and had a long career in the grocery business. Richard moved his family to Elk Grove in 1979 and became well-known in the community as he was a familiar face at E.G. Food Mart. Wallace began a career with the California Department of Corrections in 1986 and held several positions with the California Youth Authority. He retired from state service in 2008.
Friends and family are invited to attend an outdoor memorial service for Richard Wallace at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon, CA, 95620, on Tuesday, September 14 at 12:30 p.m. Military honors will be offered by the United States Army.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations made in Mr. Wallace’s honor to the Fisher House Foundation or a veteran charity of your choice.