12-1:00 PM on Friday, October 12, 2012 at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Moorhead, MN. 4000 28th Street South Moorhead, MN 56560
1:00 PM on Friday, October 12, 2012 at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Moorhead, MN
Inurnment at Riverside Cemetery Mausoleum, Fargo.
Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
Wallace Allen Simunds passed away October 6, 2012 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND. He was a son of Kathryn T. Simunds and Grant J. Simunds. He was born in Fargo, ND at St. Lukes Hospital on November 29, 1925, but lived the first eighteen years in Moorhead, MN. He attended schools there and graduated from Moorhead High School in June of 1943.
Immediately after graduation, he went to San Diego, CA to seek employment at the Consolidated Vultee Aircraft plant, working in the tool control division.
On January 27, 1944 he joined the U.S. Navy and attended boot camp in Farragut, Idaho. Following that, he received training at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Memphis, TN as an aviation radioman and radar operator. He was later assigned to Naval Air stations in Whidbey Island, WA; Jacksonville, FL; Miami, FL; Hutchinson, KS; and Edenton, NC before being discharged in Minneapolis in May of 1946.
Following his discharge from service, he matriculated at the North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo for three years in pre-dental classes. He then applied to the University of Minnesota Dental School in the fall of 1950 for dental training.
On December 29, 1951, he was married to Pearl M. Gabrielson in Hillsboro, ND at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. On June 14, 1952, he received a B.S. degree in Science and on June 12, 1954 his D.D.S. from the University of Minnesota. This had been his personal desire and dream since age 18.
Following graduation, he started his dental practice on July 1, 1954 in Albert Lea, MN and continued there for thirty-five years, retiring to Fargo, ND in October, 1995, to be closer to family and their lake cabin on Pelican Lake near Pelican Rapids, MN.
He leaves his beloved wife, Pearl, of 61 years; a daughter, Joellen (Myron) Skonseng, Fargo; a son, Mark (Erin) in Lino Lakes, MN; and a grandson, Garrett Skonseng, Fargo.
He was preceded in death by his father, Grant, in 1981; and his mother, Kathryn in November of 1996; a brother, John R. in Seattle, February of 2006.
Memorials to the Hospice of the Red River Valley and/or Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Moorhead.