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Bruce Wall
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Bruce Irving Wall, 77, died peacefully at home with his spouse and family at his side on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

He was born on July 28, 1933 to Willard and Alvena (Smith) Wall in Salt Lake City, Utah. In his younger years he lived in California, Oregon, and Washington. He graduated from RA Long High School in Longview Washington, and continued his education at University of Washington in Seattle with a degree in Chemical Engineering. After his graduation from college, he moved with his family to Modesto, California, and was employed by FMC plant for 30-plus years as a Chemical engineer.

He married Donna Mayclin and lived in the Escalon-Modesto area. They had five children. Later in life he married Rosalie Den Hoed.

During his life, his hobbies and interests included bicycle riding, canoeing, "frogging," back packing, water skiing, snow skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, camping, gardening, and square dancing. Later in life he enjoyed golfing, traveling in a motor home, playing Sudoku, attending the men's Bible study at Church of the Cross, which he thoroughly enjoyed. He always enjoyed helping others, especially the less privileged, involved on three mission trips which included Honduras, and Brooklyn, New York. Recreational travels included touring Germany, and the Middle East countries.

He will be greatly missed by many.

Survivors include his spouse, Rosalie Den Hoed; five children, Richard Keith Wall (Patty) of Castle Rock, Washington, Bruce Allen Wall (Barb) of Escalon, Susan Morgan of Oakdale, Sheryl Ann Wolfkamp (Ed) of Mount Airy, North Carolina, and Paul Anthony Wall (Sandy) of Waterford; three step-children, Karla Memmott (Kyle) of Fair Oaks, Aart DenHoed III of Dayton, Ohio, and Debra Khachadourian (Aram) of Linden; three brothers, Robert (Betty) of Castle Rock, Washington, Larry (Arlene) of Ripon and Steve (Sandi) of Longview, Washington; 27 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Kevin Morgan; sister-in-law Helen Wall; and nephew Joel DeKam.

A Celebration of Life was held Monday, Jan. 17 at Church of the Cross in Modesto.

Arrangements by Deegan Funeral Chapel in Escalon; visit the website at

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Jan. 19, 2011