On Saturday May 7, 2022, Heaven became brighter, and we all gained a guardian angel.
William "Mike" Wallace was born on September 15, 1971 and graduated from Tell City High School in 1990. After graduating high school, Mike joined the Marine Corp, and was stationed in Japan. Mike was extremely proud of being a Marine, and you could always hear him saying "Semper Fi" and "Oorah" to other Marines in passing. Mike had a deep respect for all military members and would love to speak with older veterans when he had the chance.
Mike was a loving and devoted husband. The love that was shared between himself and his wife, Shelley was so special. They were soul mates, best friends and enjoyed doing everything together. Mike and Shelley would have celebrated their 4-year wedding anniversary on June 2nd, but started their relationship 3 years prior. Fate brought these two together and matched them perfectly. Mike built a close relationship with Zak and Aubrey, and he loved them as his own. Mike and Shelley shared the love of traveling and cruised as often as several times a year. Together they visited many islands, and beautiful places, but Puerto Rico was special to them both.
Mike adored his family and spent a lot of time visiting. He was very close to his parents, and sisters. They all had such a strong connection and love for each other.
Mike loved concerts, St. Louis Cardinals, grilling out, cruising and his family. Every family has its loyal caregiver. In a family of four girls and one boy, you wouldn’t think it would be the brother, but it was.
Mike started working for Sara Lee Bread company in 2021. In the short time he was there, he built close relationships with his coworkers and vendors. Prior to his time at Sara Lee Bakery, Mike was a member of Boilermakers Local 374 for 14 years. Mike was involved in a couple of organizations including a member of Branchville Masonic Lodge 496, and a former Shriner with the Hadi Shrine. In his spare time, Mike enjoyed working as a travel agent and booking cruises for his friends and family.
Mike is survived by his wife, Shelley (Tabor) Wallace; parents, Harvey “Harv” and Carol (Williams) Bays; children, Alex Lasher Wallace, Zak Smith, and Aubrey Smith; sisters, Michelle Woodland (Keith), Taryn Holbrook (Chris), Dusty Snively (Kyle), and Angie Carlson (Seth); nieces, Amber Henson and Zoey Swanson; nephews, Matthew Henson, Ethan Carlson, Chase Wilkenson, and Alex Benware; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Mike was preceded in death by grandparents.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, May 15, 2022, at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel – A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue with Pastor Mark Tabor officiating, and the American Legion Kapperman Post 44 will render full military rites. Burial will be in Mayo Cemetery, Duff, IN.
Friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Saturday, May 14, 2022, and from 2:00 p.m. until service time, Sunday, May 15, 2022, at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel.
Memorial Contributions may be made in Mike's memory to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Arrangements are being handled by Boone Funeral Home East Chapel – A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville, IN.
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