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Brian Joseph Wallace
March 3, 1954 ~ August 20, 2023 (age 69) 69 Years Old
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Brian Joseph Wallace, 69, of Winchester, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2023, at his home. He was born on March 3, 1954, in Winchester to Robert L. Wallace and Edna Mae (Smith) Wallace.
Brian graduated from Winchester Community High School in 1972 and Marian College (now University) in Indianapolis in 1976. He received a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Ball State University in 1978. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1996.
In high school Brian played basketball and was a big contributor on the 1971 sectional championship team that faced Kent Benson and New Castle at their arena in the Regional. Winchester lost, but Brian outscored Benson in their head-to-head competition, 25-24. Brian played college ball at Marian for four years and was the team’s “most valuable player” his senior year.
Brian began his professional career as an Internal Auditor for Teledyne, Inc. in Los Angeles in 1978. In 1982, Brian moved to Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical in San Diego where he held different positions until 1994. Brian returned to Winchester in 1995 when he took the position of Controller at Maul Technology. He was Division Controller for Champion Home Builders in Ridgeville for six plus years. He broke from the work-a-day world near the end of 2002, and never went back.
During his “retirement”, Brian did not retire. He took extraordinary care of his parents in their declining years and oversaw the distribution of their estate. He assisted a sister who lost her home to a hurricane in Florida. He enjoyed the activities of his nieces and nephews as they grew, and golf with his brothers.
Brian could be reticent in social situations, but with family he was open and funny. He loved games, especially cards. If he took a trick in a card game, he would place it in front of him to, “display my wealth and riches.” If a player was in an advantageous position to play a card or bid, he was, “in the catbird seat.” If Brian needed a particular roll of the dice in backgammon, he might say, “any convenient 5-3.” A good shot in golf was “useful”. If he drove a vehicle a little too fast around a corner, Brian would advise, “Hang on to your false teeth, thrill seekers.” And, as Dad grew older and balder, he went from, “The old man” to “The old bean”, in Brian’s eyes. These phrases and others are now part of the family lingo.
Brian is survived by four siblings: Mary (Jim Ellsworth) Essling of Punta Gorda, FL, David (Pat) Wallace of Yorktown, IN, Kevin (Ann Marie) Wallace of Auburn IN, and Conan (Kathy) Wallace of Winchester, IN. He is survived by twelve nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Susan (Steve Suddeth) Wallace.
A celebration of Brian’s life will occur Saturday, September 2, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church parish hall at 514 West Washington St., Winchester IN. Please come and share your memories. A service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wilsonshookfh.com.