William Merle Wallis, 89, passed away July 11, 2020

William (Bill) Merle Wallis, 89, of Stevensville, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, July 11, 2020. A private family service will take place at a later date. Interment will be held at Hickory Bluff Cemetery. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Bill was born on July 10, 1931, in Benton Harbor, to Merle & Ella (Yoder Hutchinson) Wallis. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1949 where he was a standout player on the football team while also playing clarinet in the band. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he proudly served our country as a radio mechanic until his honorable discharge in 1953. On May 10, 1958, Bill married the love of his life, Juanita Brunke, in St. Joseph. After his Air Force service, Bill began a successful career as a Field Service Technician with the National Cash Register Corporation until his retirement in 1993. For many years, Bill enjoyed playing golf at Pebblewood Country Club and was an avid bowler at both Kelly’s Bowl and Lakeshore Lanes. One of his proudest moments was when he was inducted into the Blossomland USBC Bowling Association Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service in 2013. Bill was an incredible man who was always willing to lend a hand whenever needed, and he will truly be missed by all who knew him.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Juanita; sons, Robb (Tina) Wallis of Charlestown, IN and David (Jami) Wallis of Montgomery, IL; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Cheryl (Larry) Tercha; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Merle & Ella; and sister, Marilyn Dumke.

In lieu of flowers, the family humbly requests that you consider a contribution in his name to the Stevensville American Legion Post 568, honoring his 38 years as a member. Post 568 is at 3093 Johnson Rd. Stevensville, MI, 49127. 

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