Wallace C. Nordstrom, age 81, of Brooklyn Center, formerly of Dassel, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, at North Memorial Hospice in Robbinsdale.
He was born Aug. 29, 1926, in Gary, Ind., and moved to the Dassel community at the age of 5. Wallace graduated from the Dassel High School.
Immediately following graduation, he enlisted in the US Navy, where he advanced to the rank of electronic technician second class, taught electronics at the Submarine School in Groton, Conn., and later was assigned to the submarine USS Trumpetfish. After World War II, he attended the Saint Paul Bible Institute and the Providence Bible Institute, Providence, R.I.
Wallace married Gladys E. Chappell May 30, 1948, and they lived in Waterford, Conn. He worked at the US Navy Underwater Sound Laboratory, Fort Trumbull, New London, Conn. (later called the Naval Underwater Systems Center) as an electronics engineer in the Submarine Sonar Division.
He was awarded two US patents, one for a submarine sonar performance computer and one for a sonar acoustic target source. He was also given a superior accomplishment award for each patent. During this time, he performed tests of the sonars at sea, on more than 30 submarines.
He graduated from Mitchell College in New London, Conn., and took advanced courses at the University of Connecticut. Wallace retired after 31 years of government service.
Wallace worked at Sonalysts (a contraction of Sonar Analysts) as a senior analyst and retired after 10 years of service, followed by four years as a part-time consultant.
His wife, Gladys, preceded him in death in 1984.
In 1986, Wallace married Margaret H. Sundberg. After his retirement, they moved to Elkhart, Ind. to volunteer service at the HCJB World Radio Engineering Center, helping to build high power transmitters for the HCJB Christian radio station in Quito, Ecuador.
Wallace moved back to his roots in Minnesota in 2004, living in Applewood Pointe Sr. Residence in Maple Grove for two and one-half years. Declining health with early stages of Alzheimer’s prompted a move to Maranatha Place in Brooklyn Center.
In addition to his first wife, Wallace was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Nina Nordstrom.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; stepson Rev. Robert Sundberg and his wife, Susie, of Kansas City, Kans.; grandson Matthew Sundberg of Manhattan, Kans., sister Dorothy Vanderpas of Glenwood, Minn.; sisters-in-law Janice (David) Nelson of Rush City, and Irene Gullickson of Minneapolis; brother-in-law David (Anita) Anderson of Conestoga, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services took place Saturday, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. at Redeemer Covenant Church in Brooklyn Park with the Revs. Steven Larson of Redeemer Covenant Church and Thomas Schintz of Maranatha Place officiating. Music was provided by organist Juanita Carlson and soloists Rev. Robert Sundberg and Isabela Banda. Interment was in the Rush City Covenant Cemetery in Rush City, Minn.
Casket bearers were Allan Gustafson, Bruce Gustafson, Casey Gustafson, Dan Vanderpas, Vern Vanderpas, and James Vanderpas.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Funeral and Cremation Service of Rush City, Minn., Olson Chapel.
Memorials can be given to World Missions.