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Wallace Fenton


Wallace Fenton

Wallace Dean Fenton was born to Ralph and Elsie Fenton October 31, 1934 in The Dalles. At age two they moved from Goldendale to Wishram. At age nine the family moved to Portland where he attended school and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1953.

Wally enlisted in the Army in November 1953 and served until 1955. After getting out of the Army, he went back to Goldendale to work at his grandparents Earnest and Nellie Roe's ranch. He met Marlene Storkel in town at the diner, where she worked; they married in September, 1956 in Goldendale. Their five children were born there. He worked for Brooks Memorial State Park, the Fenton Brothers and the O.K. Rubber Plant.

The Fentons moved to Beavercreek, OR in 1967. Faith was an important part of Wally's life and while attending church in Mulino, OR he was baptized in 1973. Wally worked at Brod & McClung as a sheet metal worker and welder until 1978.

At that time they moved back to Goldendale where he transitioned to developer and leader of a Christian ministry for disabled adults until 1987. Wally and Marlene moved to Pine Grove in 1997 where they built a home on seven acres; enjoying the rural community and frequent trips visiting children and their families.

Wally is survived by his wife Marlene, children Judy and (Ken) Hostetler, Susy and (Scott) Gustafson, Tony and (Gail) Fenton, Marty and (Sheryl) Fenton, Shelly and (Doug) Kratzer, 16 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren – so far.

Please direct gifts to Heart of Hospice in The Dalles


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