DuWayne Wallen


DuWayne A. Wallen, 85, of Clark, died Thursday morning, Aug. 8, 2019, at Prairie View Healthcare Center in Woonsocket, surrounded by family.

Visitation was held Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Furness Funeral Home in Clark and one hour before services at the church. Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Clark. Pastor Mark Tracy officiated. The pianist was Dorothy Fuller and the vocalists were Roger Nordhus and Rebecca Grassel. Casket bearers were DuWayne’s grandsons and the honorary casket bearers were his granddaughters. Burial was in the Clark Center Lutheran Cemetery of rural Clark with full military honors.

DuWayne Allen Wallen was born Dec. 1, 1933 to parents Justus and Ida (Johnson) Wallen in Garfield Township of Clark County. He grew up on the family farm and attended the country schools of Wallen School, Foster School and Bailey Lake School through the eighth grade. He then continued to work on the family farm and for area farmers including Jasper Lura and picked potatoes. DuWayne loved playing legion baseball and amateur baseball in his younger years.

DuWayne married Delma Jongbloed on Feb. 4, 1956 at Clark Center Lutheran Church in rural Clark. In August of 1956, he was drafted into the US Army. He was stationed in Germany from January of 1957 to August of 1958. He returned to the farm in the spring of 1959 and retired from that in the late 1980s. In 2005, DuWayne and Delma moved into Clark. DuWayne kept busy helping at Clark Community Oil, Orris Farms, Harold Nipe and, for a time, was co-owner of Hendry Seed House.

DuWayne enjoyed watching baseball and was a very integral part of the local legion baseball program, spearheading it for several years. He was a member of the Cagley-Smith Post #60 and the Clark United Methodist Church.

DuWayne is survived by his wife of over 63 years, Delma of Clark; his children, Steve (Billie) Wallen of Lake Preston, Sandy (Doug) Herrick of Clark, Penny (Jack) Schulz of Woonsocket and Mike (Laurie) Wallen of Aurora; 14 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

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