Richard Wallen

April 18, 1935 - February 26, 2014

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Service: Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 11 a.m. in the True Church of God at Lisbon

Calling: Friday, February 28, 2014 - 6 to 9 p.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church
Richard Wallen, 78, of Avilla died Wednesday, February 26, 2014, in Sacred Heart Home, Avilla.

He had lived in this area most of his life.

Mr. Wallen retired from Cooper Auto in Avilla. Prior to that he worked in construction for 15 years and also worked at McCray Refrigeration in Kendallville.

He was born April 18, 1935, in Knott County, Kentucky, to Lawrence and Edna (Sparkman) Wallen.

Surviving are a daughter, Sherry Wallen of Kendallville; four sons, Rick (Barb) Wallen of Wolcottville, Harold (Jill) Wallen of Kendallville, Ron (Tonya) Wallen of Rome City, and Christopher Wallen of Kendallville; the mother of his children, Geneva Wallen of Kendallville; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; his mother, Edna Osborn of Kendallville; three sisters, Wanda Pearson of Rome City, Lora (Larry) Kurtz of Orland, and Connie (Larry) Wohrnock of Markle; two brothers, Ronnie (Shirley) Wallen of Kendallville and Donald Ray (Tatti) McDaniel of North Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his father; an infant daughter, Juanita Wallen; and a great-grandson, Coltín Wallen.

Funeral services will be Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the True Church of God at Lisbon with Pastor Worley Gibson officiating. Burial will be in Orange Cemetery, Rome City.

Honorary pallbearers are Rick Wallen, Ronnie Wallen, Deanna Wallen, Sherry Wallen, Joshua Wallen, Harold Wallen, Jr., Tonya Wolfe, Zachary Wallen, and Geneva Wallen. Active pallbearers are Ron Wallen, Chris Wallen, Donald Ray McDaniel, Hunter Delarosa, Harold Wallen, and Austin Wolfe.

Calling is Friday, February 28, 2014, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.

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Debby Lytle
March 15th, 2014 5:05pm

Sorry Ron about your dad...seem I just Saw him with Debbie shopping.

Tim & Tracy Yates
March 13th, 2014 5:34pm

So very sorry that we were unable to attend the services for Uncle Richard. Please know, you are all in our prayers and thoughts. Find comfort in your memories. Much Love, Tracy and Tim

March 2nd, 2014 5:43am
Laverna Terrace

It was an honor and a pleasure taking care of Richard. He will be missed very much. He will always be my buddy and I will think of him often. I would like to thank you for sharing him with me and letting me get so close to him so quickly. My prayers to the entire family. Your friend Teresa

Christie C.
March 1st, 2014 3:20pm
Burton, Mi.

I would like to express my condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Wallen. Our loving Heavenly Father knows the pain we feel when we lose someone and promises to be with us in times of sadness.(Psalm 34:15-18) I hope you will find comfort in His promise and in the many cherished memories you all made and shared together.

Teresa Sparkman
March 1st, 2014 1:38pm
Mt. Sterling, KY

I am so sorry for your loss. Sorry I was unable to travel at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Roger&Connie Sparkman
February 28th, 2014 1:57pm
Kendallville Indiana

Ronnie & Shirley and all the family,we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you all in your time of grief. Sorry we cannot be there due to a prior committment out of state.