Sparta - Wallace Everett Voreck, Jr., age 90, passed on Sunday April 14th at 11:15 pm surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 18, 1922 in Charles City Iowa, to Wallace E. Sr. and Clara Nelson. He eventually went to University of Iowa and received his BS degree in Chemical Engineering in 1943. He then was a radio technician in the Navy on the command ship in the waters off post war Japan until 1946. He went on to graduate studies at Stanford University in California and received his Masters degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1948. He was then employed by Standard Oil near Chicago. Around this time, he met his wife Ruth Casler in a hiking and square dance group; she worked on the Manhattan project as a chemist. His career continued through oil and national defense companies. This included working at the Bikini Islands and Nevada nuclear test ranges and other important national defense projects. He had numerous patents in his name and worked on hundreds more.
He moved to Lake Mohawk in 1969, with his wife Ruth and three kids, to work at Picatinny Arsenal for 17 years. Lake Mohawk has been their home for 44 years. Ruth and Wally have been active members of the Mohawk Tennis club and Newton Country clubs and enjoyed swimming, sailing, and wind surfing on the lake. They also enjoyed bridge games and church activities and were both active community members. He always loved singing in church choirs, most recently at the Sparta Methodist Church, and was a member of the Sunshine Singers.
Wallace Voreck was a true Renaissance man, who followed all the scientific issues of his time. He was a conscientious man who was a friend to all he met and proud to defend his country with the latest advances. He always was always ready to lend a hand or to help a neighbor. He relaxed by working in the shop or tinkering to fix a problem around the house.
Wallace is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Ruth (Casler) Voreck; daughter Marilyn Terry and her husband Eric of Jersey City; two sons, Rick and his wife Diane of Portola Valley, CA., and Don and his wife Rachel of Sparta. Five loving grandchildren; Paula, and Austin Scheyer, and Christopher, Charlotte, and Ashton Voreck. In order to give family members time to gather, a memorial service will be held from 12 to 4 pm on Saturday June 29th at the Voreck residence. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in his memory to Habitat for Humanity, the Nature Conservancy or charity of choice. For more information contact Goble Funeral Home, Sparta.www.goblefuneral.com