He was born February 19, 1930 in Elkhorn City, Kentucky and was the son of the late Taulby and Nancy Cantrell Wallace. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters and a son Robert Stephan Wallace.
Fitch retired from the Federal Coal Co. at Elkhorn City in 1965 where he worked as a shuttle car operator and was a member of the United Mine Workers. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served as a corporal during the Korean War. He helped to organize the Freewill Baptist Church at Waynesburg, Ohio where he served as a Deacon for more than 30 years. He was a devoted Christian man who loved to read the Bible and taught adult study classes on the subject. He believed family was of the utmost importance but enjoyed taking the time to hunt and fish and had once shown and trained horses with his daughter.
He is survived by his wife Ruth E. Swiney Wallace, whom he married September 30, 1950, a daughter Michelle Ekleberry of New Philadelphia, a granddaughter Amber Renee Scott (and companion Todd Ickes) of Indianapolis, Indiana, a brother Bradley (Erma) Wallace of Haysi, Virginia, and a large family of neices and nephews
Funeral services will be conducted 11:00AM Thursday, November 7, 2013 in the Baxter-Gardner Funeral Home at Sherrodsville with Elder Arthur "Bud" McGuire officiating. Interment will follow in the Sherrodsville Memorial Gardens where the Carroll County combined units of the V.F.W., D.A.V., and American Legion will conduct military graveside services. Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. and Thursday one hour prior to services in the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 716 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the entire staff of Amberwood Manor for their care and compassion. To leave an online condolence message, please visit the funeral home website.
Baxter-Gardner Funeral Home of Sherrodsville