Everyone who knew Andrew P. Wallace talked about his upbeat attitude, his love for his family and his passion for teaching. “If there would ever be a poster that needed to depict a soldier, Sgt. Wallace’s photo would be on it,” said Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls. “His attitude, personality and constant smile were reminders of how much he loved life and doing what he was doing.” Wallace, 25, of Oshkosh, Wis., was killed Sept. 26 by a roadside bomb in Shaibah. He was assigned to Fond du Lac. Wallace, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, was a teacher at Emmeline Cook Elementary School and a physical education teacher and coach at Oshkosh North High School. “He was never in a bad mood and always smiling and had positive things to say,” said Gary Westerman, a former wrestling coach. “He was an all-around great guy and a great friend.” Wallace kept in contact with school staff via a Web site and posted photos so the kids could see war. When he was preparing to leave overseas, students at Emmeline placed their footprints on a banner that read, “Wherever you go, we will follow.”
OSHKOSH – Sgt. Andrew P. Wallace, 25, of Oshkosh, died on Monday, Sept. 26, 2005, while serving his country in Iraq.
Andrew was born on May 26, 1980, in West Union, Iowa, the son of Peter and Janie (Keune) Wallace. He graduated from Ripon High School and went on to graduate from the UW-Oshkosh. Andrew was a physical education teacher at Emmeline Cook Elementary School in Oshkosh, and an adaptive physical education teacher at Oshkosh North High School. He was a member of the Wisconsin Education Association, an assistant wrestling coach at Oshkosh North, and a WIAA sports official for softball, baseball and football. Andrew was a member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard deployed with Charlie Co. 2nd Battalion 127th Infantry. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Ripon. On July 10, 2004, he married Angela Hill in Pewaukee.
Survivors include his wife, Angela Wallace, Oshkosh; his mother, Janie (Joel) Brockman, Ripon; his father, Pete (Sue) Wallace, Fox Lake; his mother and father-in-law, Mike and Karen Hill, Wales; two brothers, Matthew and Timothy Wallace; step-brothers, James and Jeremy Brockman, and Jeremy (Kelley) Thrasher; step-sisters, Lisa (Dan) Ellis and Laura (Dave) Albright; one brother-in-law, Nicholas Hill; grandparents, Vern Keune, Les (Betty) Wallace, Greg (Pat) Hertel, John (Cheryll) Hill, and Shirley (Bo) Vanman; great-grandmother, Cecelia (Erv) Kroliowski; aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Junice Keune.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m., at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church, 430 Griswold St., Ripon. The Rev. Alan F. Schaffmeyer will officiate. Friends may call on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 3 to 8 p.m., at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church, Ripon. Burial with full military honors will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ripon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been set up at the Associated Bank of Oshkosh, 444 N. Sawyer St., Oshkosh, WI 54902, Farmers State Bank, 314 W. State St., Fox Lake, WI 53933 and M&I Bank in Ripon, 333 Blackburn St., Ripon, WI 54971.
The Butzin-Marchant Funeral Home, Ripon, is serving the family. Their Web site may be viewed at www.butzinmarchant.com.