92-year-old retired U.S. Army Colonel Wallace W. Noll of Scottsdale, Arizona passed away peacefully on July 31, 2022. He was born March 7, 1930 on the farm where he grew up near Salisbury, Missouri. His parents were August W and Elfreda Lehnhoff Noll. Wallace graduated from Salisbury High School in 1947. He then attended Northeast Missouri Teachers College until earning an appointment to the United States Military Academy (USMA) in West Point, New York. Wallace entered USMA in July 1949; graduated in June 1953 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant field artillery officer. Wallace received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1963 and graduated from the Air War College in 1972. On June 3, 1953, a day after graduating, he married Julia Vail Farr, his high school sweetheart in the cadet chapel. at Westpoint. They continued to be loving and devoted marriage partners for 66 years until Julia’s death in 2019. Together they raised three sons. During his thirty-year career as an Army officer, Wallace was posted twice to Oklahoma, West Germany, Texas, twice to South Korea, Illinois, New York , Vietnam, Virginia, Washington DC, Alabama, Georgia, Missouri and Arizona. While in Vietnam, Wallace’s assignments were to command a field artillery battalion and serve as an operations officer on the staff of the 2nd Field Force Artillery Headquarters. His favorite non-field artillery assignment was serving on the USMA faculty teaching engineering mechanics to cadets at West Point from 1963 to 1966. Wallace’s last assignment in the Army was as a Guards Advisor Arizona National, upon his retirement in 1983 Wallace and Julia made Scottsdale their permanent home. In retirement, Wallace remained active. He worked as a manager for a law firm in Phoenix, then later as a social worker for Arizona Social Services. Wallace was also an active member of Christ Church of the Ascension where he served two terms as a junior overseer and supported Julia with church and flower guild fundraisers. Wallace is survived by three sons: David (Brenda) of San Antonio, Texas; Wallace R. of Mesa, Arizona and Donald (Becky) of Marlton, New Jersey. Wallace also leaves behind his legacy of nine loving grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held September 3, 2022 at 2 p.m. at Christ Church of the Ascension, 4015 E Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Church of the Ascension. Wallace and Julia will be buried together at West Point Cemetery, West Point, New York on June 3, 2023 in what would have been the 70th anniversary of their marriage.
Posted on August 10, 2022
Posted in The Arizona Republic
Church of Christ of the Ascension, 4015 E Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
September 03, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.