“I am the Resurrection and the Life.” MISSOULA – On Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, Bishop Leigh Allen Wallace Jr. of the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane died at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. He is a longtime resident of Montana and is survived by his adored wife Pat and his children, daughter Jenny Wallace and her husband Blake Nakanishi of  Honolulu; son Dick Wallace and his wife Janet of Lacey, Wash.,  and son Bill Wallace and his partner Tom Suydam of Alexandria, Va. Leigh also adored his grandchildren,  Leigh Nakanishi of Seattle, Laurel Nakanishi of Missoula, Leslie and Brad Pilcher of New York, and Erin Wallace and Ian McCullough of Seattle.

Leigh Wallace was born in Norman, Okla., to Polly and Nell Wallace in 1927, and moved to Great Falls for most of his childhood. He served in the Navy during World War II. After discharge in 1949, he married his childhood sweetheart, Pat Kinney. He completed college at the University of Montana in 1950 and returned to Great Falls to work at his father’s lumber yard. After receiving the call to ministry Leigh attended the Virginia Theological Seminary, from which he graduated in 1962.  He was first assigned to mission congregations in Sheridan, Virginia City and Ennis. He continued on to be the rector of St. Luke’s Billings and then Holy Spirit, Missoula. He was elected to and consecrated as the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane in 1979, and received a Doctorate in Divinity from the Virginia Theological Seminary the same year. After years of service to the Episcopal Church, he retired to Missoula in 1991 but continued to work in various church positions. Bishop Wallace has been a leader of several local civic and charity groups, including Rotary and the United Way.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, in Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, 130 S. Sixth St. E., Missoula. All our friends and family are invited to join us in this service to celebrate Leigh’s life and Christ’s resurrection. The Rt. Rev. Dr. C. Franklin Brookhart, Jr., the Episcopal Bishop of Montana, will preside at the service. The Rt. Rev James E Waggoner Jr., the Bishop of Spokane and the Rt. Rev. Brian N. Prior, the Bishop of Minnesota also be officiating. Special prayers will be offered for Bishop Wallace at the Spokane Diocesan Convention as part of their concluding Eucharist.

We request that remembrances and donations be given to the Episcopal Relief and Development “Nets for Life” program; P.O. Box 7058; Merrifield, VA 22116-7058 or online at www.er-d.org.

Leigh’s  absence will be mourned by many and his life celebrated by more.

“Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”  John 11:25-26.

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