Wallace was born on a farm in Kiron, Iowa. He was Salutatorian of his high school class, and married Marilyn Malmquist, his high school sweetheart. After one year of college, Wallace entered the Navy in 1943. He then attended the University of Minnesota obtaining his BS in Electronic Engineering. Wallace farmed for one year before joining IBM in 1950.
Before retiring from IBM in 1984 he had many diverse responsibilities including helping the government of Iran automate their hydroelectric projects while living in Switzerland. His last assignment in Romsey, England involved developing products for new data storage technologies.
Wallace had many personal interests; including roller skating, pool, all types of carpentry and woodworking, and gardening, especially roses.
Wallace's first commitment however, was to the Lord. He maintained a consistent life of integrity and service to God. He had a special love for missions and evangelism.
Wallace's second commitment was to his family. His love and care for Marilyn was an example to all. He was a thoughtful and loving father. Much of his free time was spent doing special projects for his children and grandchildren.
Wallace was many things: farm boy, international computer consultant, hard driving businessman, tender father, committed church member, consummate woodworker, strong willed, yet submissive to the work of the Holy Spirit in his life.
Wallace was an encouragement and examplexample to all who knew him. His life was not only one of inspiration, but more importantly, one which constantly drew each of us closer to the Lord.
We know we will see him again soon!
Order of Service
Officiated by Rev. David Kersten
Rev. Willis Holmgren
Musical Prelude Joel Baker
Call To Worship
Hymn "He, the Pearly Gates Will Open"
Selected Scripture Readings Psalm 121,Romans 8,John 14
Duet "Day By Day" Willis and Trudy Holmgren
Duet "Because He Lives" Rick and Gale Paul
Solo "The King Is Coming" Joel Baker
Hymn "Amazing Grace", Page 305
The following obituary was sent by the
Wallace W. Clauson, retired engineer
Memorial service for Wallace William Clauson, 68, of Bellevue, is at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at Highland Covenant Church. Mr. Clauson died May 2 at Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland.
Born Nov. 16, 1922, in Kiron, Iowa, he grew up in Iowa and attended the University of Minnesota where he earned an engineering degree. After serving with the U.S. Navy during World War II, he returned to Minnesota and completed graduate studies at the university before joining IBM. He was with the company from 1950 to 1984, most recently working in IBM's international division in England.
A man devoted to his family, in his leisure time Mr. Clauson enjoyed woodworking, and working in his garden -- especially growing roses.
He was a member of Highland Covenant Church and the National Association of Evangelicals.
Mr. Clauson is survived by his wife, Marilyn; sons, Bill, and his wife, Marilee of Atherton, California, and John and his wife, Celeste of Seattle; daughters and sons-in-law, Dawn and Dave Axene, and Nedra and Dirk Simon, all of Issaquah; His sister, Delores Paulson of Mankato, Minn.; and 12 grandchildren.
The family suggests remembrances in Mr. Clauson's name to Covenant World Missions, c/o Highland Covenant Church, 15022 Bel Red Road, Bellevue.
Arrangements are under the direction of Green's Bellevue Funeral Home.