Charles Glenn Wallace, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away on August 2, 2022, at his lake home in Big Arm, Montana. Glenn was a former Anaconda resident and longtime Anaconda businessman. He was 95.
Glenn was born in Opportunity, Montana on June 16, 1927, to Charles and Helen Wallace. He was raised and educated in Anaconda and graduated from Anaconda Senior High in 1945. After high school graduation, he enlisted in the Navy where he served in WWII on the USS Hawkins. In his later years, Glenn proudly wore his USS Hawkins hat and relished in telling people where and when he served. At the end of his service in late 1946, he returned from duty and enrolled at the University of Montana to pursue a degree in Business Administration.
While attending the UM, he was a member of the University Symphonic and marching bands. As late as 2004, he looked forward to marching with the Alumni band in the UM homecoming parades. The UM and especially the marching band held a special place in his heart because it was in the drum line where he met Patricia Kind. He thought she was the “cutest little blond playing the cymbals” and she was the love of his life. They married in 1950 and spent 72 years together, raising their children, providing for the family, and traveling the world, visiting over 22 countries.
After graduating from the University, he and his bride returned to Anaconda to run the family business, Duval-Wallace Hardware. He prided himself in customer service and having the store shelves stocked with every part imaginable to fix just about anything. He won many awards through Our Own Hardware, and they loved visiting company headquarters in Minneapolis almost every year.
Glenn was involved in the Anaconda community and was a member of the Rotary Association, Anaconda Chamber of Commerce, Elks Club and served as the post commander for the American Legion Post 21. Glenn also served the Big Arm community as a volunteer fireman for over 10 years. Most importantly however, Glenn was an incredibly supportive and loving father to his three children, attending every piano and band concert, dance review and athletic event. He even became a certified scuba diver so his son would have a diving partner. Family time was very important to him and was spent camping, boating, and teaching his kids how to downhill ski. Glenn, himself, skied until he was 88 and was a rock star among the younger ski bums on his favorite ski hill, Blacktail Mountain in Lakeside.
In 1979, after 30 plus years in the hardware business, Glenn sold the family business in Anaconda and moved to Big Arm, Montana where he sold AAA automobile insurance for several years until his retirement in 1994.
Glenn is survived by his wife Patricia, his three children, Charles, of New Mexico, Maureen (Dennis) Thomas of Missoula, and Traci (Greg) Shaffer of Somers. Glenn is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the University of Montana Alumni band, American Legion Post #21, or a charity of your choice.
Cremation has taken place. An open house to celebrate a life well lived will take place at the family residence in Big Arm, 37122 Hwy 93 on August 27, from 2-4 pm. Friends and family are welcome.