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Michael D. Wallace

Obituary for Michael D. Wallace

April 4, 1969 - March 23, 2020
Illinois | Age 50


Mike Wallace passed away peacefully on March 23, 2020, just weeks before his 51st birthday. Mike was born on April 4, 1969 in Hinsdale, Illinois, son of Thomas and Carol Wallace.

Mike married Gabrielle Seager on November 18, 1995. They began their marriage together in Naperville where their son, Samuel "Sam" Ethan, was born. Soon after, they moved to North Bend, Washington in 2000, where Mike was transferred for his job. In 2001, they moved back to Illinois to be near family and settled in Oswego, Illinois to raise Sam.

Mike and his brothers attended St. Joan of Arc and Benet Academy in Lisle. It was at Benet where he met his future wife. Mike started working at Flexible Steel Lacing Company before going back to college where he attended Illinois Benedictine College and earned his degree in Finance. He then spent most of his career as a successful commercial banker where he cared deeply about his clients' success and was proud to help many businesses achieve their dreams.

After 2008, Mike had several other jobs. He was skilled and passionate at everything he undertook, including truck driver, bus driver and elder caregiver.Mike had many hobbies and was good at them all, an all-around athlete. As a young boy, Mike played all sports but was particularly good at baseball and basketball, making many all-star baseball teams. He was very proud of his lefty pitching. Mike was an avid golfer, enjoying it both for the skill it required and the camaraderie it provided. He made many friendships on the course and passed his love of the game to his son Sam. Mike was proud of his double eagle and several holes in one. Mike also loved fishing and hunting which he also passed on to his son. Mike especially enjoyed fishing with his brothers at Leech Lake, Minnesota, and cherished the day he and Sam both caught Muskies on a family trip with his parents to Wisconsin. Mike began pheasant hunting later in life and truly loved it, particularly with his dear friends in South Dakota. Just a few years ago, Mike started practicing Tae Kwon Do. In a short time, he earned his Black Belt and was an Illinois State Champion in several disciplines. He also taught classes for kids, and when Mike was ill, they all made get well cards for him which he treasured.

In addition to these pursuits, Mike was huge a Notre Dame football fan. His father was a graduate and grandfather had season tickets for many years. He enjoyed going to the games with his family and witnessed many of the key Notre Dame games that happened in South Bend in the 1970's and 1980's, including the actual "Rudy" game in 1975 against Georgia Tech; the Kelly Green Jersey game against USC in 1977; and the first night game ever at Notre Dame Stadium.

In the past few years, Mike also became a Masonic Shriner as a member of West Suburban Shrine Club, part of the Medinah Shriners. He drove cars in parades and donated his time to many Shriner causes.

Mike was fun-loving, charming and had a terrific sense of humor. As one friend recalled, he made you feel like he was your best friend from the moment you met him. The last few years of Mike's life were impacted by his liver disease, but he kept a positive attitude, developed his Christian faith and enjoyed life on his terms.

Mike is survived by his parents, Tom and Carol Wallace; wife, Gabrielle; son, Sam Wallace; brothers, Tom (Nicole) Wallace and Patrick (Christina) Wallace; uncle Ron Butrum; nieces Kelly and Colleen Wallace and many other beloved family and friends. He had many wonderful doctors, nurses and caregivers. To them his family are forever grateful.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Thomas and Margaret Wallace; maternal grandparents Edward and Betty Butrum; many other beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mike loved his dogs, including his childhood dog Tiffany, and the dogs he, Gabrielle and Sam had together: Jake, Rudy, Bear, Boo and Booker.

Contributions in Mike Wallace's name may be made to Benet Academy, Lisle, IL or Stonegate Treatment Center, Azle, TX.

A private service for immediate family will be held on Friday, March 27, 2020 with a burial at Queen of Heaven cemetery in Hillside. A celebration of Mike's life will be scheduled at a later date.

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