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Ewell, Wallace E.


MSgt. Wallace E. Ewell USMC (ret) Wallace E. Ewell, 61, a director of transportation operations for the Fort Worth office of the Texas Department of Transportation, passed away Friday, June 11, 2004, following a brief illness. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Memorial Service: 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 18, in Arlington Funeral Home Chapel. Memorials: charity of choice. Wallace E. Ewell was born Sept. 3, 1942, in Fort Worth to Wallace M. and Claire Ewell. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps on Feb. 29, 1960, serving in Hawk Missile Battalion, then as recruiter, combat engineer operations chief, construction supervisor and chief instructor for the Marine Corps Engineer School in Camp Lejeune, N.C. He also served during the Vietnam War. Wallace met his wife, Judy, in 1971, while on active duty in California and they married in 1972. In 1974, he was accepted into the U.S. Marine Corps' degree completion program at Texas A&M, where he earned his B.S. in civil engineering in 1976. This was an honor afforded few enlisted men. After serving as an instructor for the Marine Corps Engineer School for three years, he was sent to Okinawa to serve his last duty assignment. While there, he received his M.S. in systems management from USC in June 1980. After 20 years of serving his country, he retired honorably from the Marine Corps with the rank of master sergeant in 1980, and returned to his hometown of Fort Worth with his wife and children to be near his parents. Following in his father's footsteps, Wallace began working on his second career as a civil engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation. By 1986, he had been promoted to director of transportation operations for Fort Worth in which he made good use of his experience and education. He was known for being ahead of his time in intelligent transportation systems and was instrumental in the installation of electronic message signs and traffic cameras. He was a member of various associations, including ASCE, TSPE, TEXite and FRA Branch 375, as well as serving on various projects such as Amber Alert and Texas Motor Speedway. He was a professional civil engineer and received the DeWitt C. Greer Award from Texas A&M in 1997 for outstanding service in highway engineering. Wallace was known and loved by many people, a man who made his mark in this world by acquiring a vast amount of knowledge. He motivated others to strive for higher education and to believe in themselves and country. He believed in leading by example. Survivors: Wife of 32 years, Judy; sister, Pam Giles and husband, Micheal; son, James and wife, Michelle; son, George; daughter, Melissa Hall; grandsons, Austin, Blaine and Ryan; niece, Lauren; and nephew, Tyler.

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