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Grace Church
Saturday April 23rd, 2022
2:00pm - 4:00pm

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Memorial Service

Grace Church
Saturday April 23rd, 2022

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James K Wallace

James K. Wallace, 81, of Palmetto, Florida, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 6, 2022, at Manatee Memorial Hospital.


Born June 18, 1940, in Valparaiso, Indiana, Jim was one of four children of the late Woodrow and Mary Catherine (Spagna) Wallace. After graduating high school, Jim proudly served as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps for four years. He continued his public service as Indiana State Trooper for 26 years and, following retirement from the State Police, was elected as a 2-term Sheriff of Jasper County, Indiana, and served for 8 years until his retirement in 2002. During Jim’s distinguished law enforcement career, he oversaw some of the largest police activities in Northern Indiana, often involving extended undercover work and Drug Enforcement.


Jim married his best friend, Trudy (Huff) in 1960 and shared a life with her for 61 years. Together they raised their sons and enjoyed grandchildren and great grandchildren. Jim loved motorcycles, especially his peaceful rides out West and throughout the Appalachian Mountains, tinkering in his shop on his projects and creating family heirlooms in his woodshop, and authoring several published books. He spent countless hours and took great pride watching his sons and grandchildren excel in their chosen activities and athletics, including inspiring his children and several of his grandchildren to pursue careers in the Armed Services and Law Enforcement, and followed with great interest their accomplishments in Track & Field – a sport in which he competed in the Shot Put as a Marine during his service.


Along with his parents, Jim is preceded in death by his grandson, Jordan Wallace, and his sister, Olivia.


He will be remembered and missed by his wife Trudy (Huff) Wallace; his three sons, James W. Wallace, Jeffrey E. (Kayleen) Wallace and Jason E. (Brooke) Wallace; his grandchildren, Andy, Zachary (Teress), Allie, Jimmy, Jamie (Michael) Adam, Micah (Breanne), and Jesse (Miryam); and his great-grandchildren, Dean, Dominic, Noah, Madilyn and Henry.


Friends are invited to visit with the family on Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. at Grace Church of DeMotte, a memorial service will follow.



Trudi and family, I am so sorry about Jim's passing I had the utmost respect for him. When I first met Jim and Trudi I babysat for the boys, now that was a job, also when we were in FL we would try to stop by. RIP Jim

Bev Rader Apr 23 2022 9:23 PM

Sending my prayers to you all from my heart. Jim was such a nice person. Loved his smile. He will be surely missed.

Terry Johns Apr 23 2022 3:12 PM

A candle was lit in memory of James Wallace

Steven K Olis Apr 23 2022 2:23 PM

Jim would come in to the License Branch and I would wait on him. I would be typing and he would say, "Don't recognize me do you?" He had a huge, full length fur coat on, a 'farmers' hankerchief tied around his head, long stringy hair and no I didn't recognize him. He did that to me each time he came to the License Branch. He sang Amazing Grace to our daughter, Suzy. He had a smile and always a friendly word. Rest in peace, Jim.

Sandra Culp Apr 22 2022 5:11 PM

What a great public servant. He was a great cop and an awesome Sheriff. Rest In Peace Brother Jim.

Rick Strong, ISP, Retired Apr 20 2022 6:25 PM

A candle was lit in memory of James Wallace

Rick Strong Apr 20 2022 6:21 PM

We will very much miss Jim as he has been a life long friend going back to first grade when he and I would slide on our belly’s in the winter on Chicago St in Valpo. We didn’t have sleds in those days. May he Rest In Peace. Our prayers our with Trudy and children and grand children.

Richard Edinger Apr 4 2022 3:58 PM

My deepest sympathy to the entire Wallace Family. I worked on some investigations with Sgt. Wallace at the I.S.P. He was a good man and law enforcement officer. David J. Crose, I.S.P. First Sgt.,P.E.1365,(Retired).

David J. Crose Apr 2 2022 5:30 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Wallace

Dennis Sayers Mar 31 2022 6:46 PM

A candle was lit in memory of James Wallace

Gary Wilkinson Mar 29 2022 1:53 PM

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