Sunset Hills Memorial Park & Funeral Home

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Wallace Wah Tsung Ip

March 8, 1938April 7, 2020

Wallace Wah Tsung IP March 8, 1938 – April 7, 2020

Celebrating the Life of a Godly Man, we call him hubby, brother, uncle, Elder, and friend.

Wallace passed on peacefully in his sleep and entered into the glorious presence of his Lord Jesus Christ. Left to cherish the memory of Wallace are his wife of 49 years, Hermia; older brother Ye Zhong in China; sisters Bigian Ye of Sacramento, and Diana Wong of Vancouver B. C.; brother-in laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his oldest brother Longfei Ye in China.

Born in Canton, China, Wallace graduated from LaSalle College in Hong Kong and became a born-again Christian in 1953. He travelled to the US for his post-secondary education in 1961 and received an engineering degree from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as well as a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Columbia Bible College in South Carolina (now known as Columbia International University). He eventually settled in Seattle in 1969 and worked as a Civil Engineer in several consulting firms, and as a Plans Examiner and Bridge Engineer of King County until his retirement in 1993.

A devoted husband, Wallace committed his life to God and followed Christ as His disciple. He served as a long-time Chairman of the China Bible Seminary North America Board. His life-long ministry has been with Seattle Chinese Alliance Church (SCAC) since the pioneer days in the early 1970’s and he was ordained as Elder. He was involved in a multitude of ministries and instrumental in achieving several milestones during the growth of the church and helped build the church into a vibrant spiritual community. He devoted his engineering skills in the purchase, remodel and expansions of the SCAC buildings. Above all, glorifying God was his greatest joy and it was evident to everyone around him. His guiding life principle was "To know Him and to make Him known."

Wallace was known for his fondness for good food, effusive humor and the deepest capacity for kindness. He also loved to sing and he loved people. He was a joyful and generous man who was loved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed. The precious memories of him will remain in our hearts forever. Glory be to God.

Wallace’s memorial service will be postponed until a later date. Until then you can post a memory on this digital memorial site.

In lieu of flowers, anyone who wishes to remember Wallace in a special way may make gifts in his memory to: Seattle Chinese Alliance Church at 2803 South Orcas Street, Seattle WA 98108 with “In memory of Elder Wallace Ip” in the memo line. . Or donate online at https://english.scacseattle.org/give/ and write “In Memory of Elder Wallace Ip” in the note field.


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Harold Law

May 15, 2020

Old Friends Are Forever

Wallace Ip was my roommate from 1961 to 1963, and was also our best man in our wedding in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1963. We were "old friends" forever.
I first met Wallace m 1961 when he first came to the University of Michigan where I was a new graduate student. We had just started a Chinese Bible study group on campus and were so glad that Wallace was a brother in Christ.
After Helena and I got married in 1963, we moved to St. Louis for work, but we still kept in touch with Wallace. Time and distance had never prevented us from connecting with one another. In 1997, Helena and I visited Wallace and Hermia in Seattle. We were just like old friends in our youthful college days. Wallace and us were "old friends" for almost 60 years!

Helena and Harold Law
St. Louis, Missouri
May, 2020

Rick S

May 14, 2020

Our dear Uncle Wallace. I will always have the memory of uncle Wallace's hearty appetite, love of a good joke, and always, his dedication to our God. Many friends were created as the Ips always graciously opened their home to a wide variety of people. Their willingness to disciple the next generation was always their heartfelt mission. My wife and I had many good memories spend in their old house and the current.

Matthew 22:32
I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

Our God is the God of the living. We missed you, Uncle Wallace. We'll see you again.

Rick & Alice

Henry Chou

May 13, 2020

Wallace attended the Graduate School of Missions of what was then known as Columbia Bible College (CBC) in South Carolina back in 1966-69, if my memory serves me correctly. I transferred from Trinity Evangelical Free Church flag ship school, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School of Illinois in the Spring term of 1967 and became his classmates, although he is quite a few years to my senior as he took time off from his engineering work to study the Bible. He graduated from the Graduate School of Missions with a Bachelor of Divinity degree. But he was not just a bookworm, he was also very active and joined the Choir, participated in Missions meetings and many other “extra curricular” activities.

As a loving and caring "big brother", another brother from Taiwan and I was beneficiary of his kindness. We studied some, especially the Greek language, together and I forgot if the other brother from Taiwan studied other subjects with us or not and we did not take the same courses anyway.

However, being from Hong Kong, we are closer in terms of culture and we spent more times together. After the summer months, my fiance also came to study at CBC. Having straight rules on the opposite sex getting together, I think I still spent more time with Wallace than with Ruth (my wife now and fiance at that time). Ruth and I planned to be married in South Carolina the summer of 1968 at the school and had to move out of our respective dorms. We found an apartment between the city (Columbia) and our school. I had a summer job at the city library and no means of transportation. Wallace had a rather beat up old car, and I teasingly say that it has both AC and heating (but in the wrong season). On the driver side, there was a good size hole near the bottom front door of the car and thus, we have warm air coming in during the summer months, and cold air coming in during the mild winter months of the year. I was the temporary owner of that car when Wallace took off to the north t

Amy Pow

May 11, 2020

A decade ago when I started a worship dance ministry in our church, you affirmed my gift in serving the Lord through dance and movement. I vividly remember how exciting you were when you fondly mentioned your niece dancing with a dance company in the east coast. She must be a beautiful ballerina you so proud of! Right at that moment, I knew somewhere in your blood you could dance as you sang with your heart!

One interesting way you introduced me to new friends was that Auntie Hermia and I attended the same planning school influenced by the same Christian professor. What an honor and a special way to connect me with your beloved wife!

When I recall these sweet memories, I deeply miss someone who understands my passion and commitment for dancing and planning. Now that you’re with the Lord, may you vibrantly dance and joyfully sing in His eternal presence!


Warner Gee

May 9, 2020

Wallace,我和我的家人會時常懷念你。因為你是我門的朋友,在教會中是我們的屬靈長者,又是我們兒子的 godfather。
回想我們從第一次在唐人埠四海酒家相識至如今已超過四十年之久。那時我是一個新信主的, 來到西雅圖工作,並且正在找尋一間華人教會。那次我和我的父毋和哥哥在四海酒家吃晚飯, 看到你們在用飯前祈禱,所以我們鼓起勇氣問你們是不是基督徒和去那一間教會。你們確是很好客,或者可以説是很勇敢,因為我們剛相識,你們便邀請我們在飯後回你家相敘。所以我們那次的相識確是神的帶領,及神給我們家人的恩典,已致你和 Hermia 在這世上都成為我們家人的祝福。
在教會中,你們忠心的事奉,對我們是一個很好的榜樣。我記得Wallace時常引用聖經一段經文來鼓勵自己及他人;”至於我和我的家,我必事奉耶和華”Wallace和Hermia,你們確實能做到以身作則。你們的事奉, 不是一時的衝動或是短暫間的熱心,而是持久的。當我們教會在覓自己的堂址時, 你們熱心的事奉,確是對我們有很大的激勵。又當我們堂址需要擴充時,Wallace每天都囘教堂去當 inspector, 從不間断, 確是一個忠心的僕人。
Wallace, 再一次多謝你, 因為你和 Hermia, 都是神給我們在世上一個美好的祝福。

Warner Gee & Family


May 4, 2020

Dear Hermia
I still remember when I stayed at your home for a week as a guest many years ago. The hospitality and love that Wallace showed me always brings back fond memories. I remember Wallace as a scholar and a gentleman, who always had a warm smile on his face. He was a man of God who dedicated his life to Christ.
May God’s peace and protection be with you during this time.
Norman Tong
(Vancouver, BC Canada)

Stacy Huang

April 29, 2020

I will remember Uncle Wallace for his bright smile, humor and wit, and kind heart. On Sunday mornings, he would smile, joke around, and be ready to talk at any time. He is a man who deeply loved God, faithfully. I don't think there are enough words to describe the impact he had at Seattle Chinese Alliance Church - how his presence would instantly lighten up any room or how he has been an incredibly loyal friend with many- including my parents' small group. I can imagine God welcoming Uncle Wallace with open arms in heaven, and I look forward to seeing him again.

Wing Yan & Kwong Yu Wong

April 27, 2020

Dear Hermia,

We wish peace from God be on to you in the time you miss uncle Wallace. We came to SCAC late to meet uncle Wallace. His humours towards anyone he meets constantly breaks ice across any circles in SCAC. Even when he doesn’t know us, he keeps cracking jokes to help us familiarise SCAC. Behind all these humour, it’s the warmth he constantly shares the most memorable thing for us. I can imagine how a loving Elder he must have been and his contribution for SCAC family. It’s truly a blessing and our honour that we have interacted and shared laughter with him. May he rest well in the arms of our Lord and we will see him again to share even more laughter in the glorious presence of God.

Wing-Yan & Kwong-Yu

Cammie Chan

April 26, 2020

My family and I started attending SCAC at the end of 2013. Wallace and Hermia had always made us feel welcomed and been enthusiastic and loving every time we met and had conversations at church. Now Wallace is with the Lord. We really missed him and his warm smile. We lost a big brother. His humor and caring for others will always be remembered. We are comforted as we know we will meet again in heaven. May God grant Hermia strength and peace in this difficult time.

Hung Hung Phong

April 24, 2020

Miss your voice, deep voice. Miss your face when you see a lot of food on the table, especially whoever there are chips! I remember one time you were holding a bag of chips and saw Auntie Hermia walking towards you, and you were scared and want to hide that bag of chips! Lol! You were so funny and make people around you feel very comfortable and human! I always amazed that you can remember all the new faces coming to church; you even remember their name! Whenever I bought newcomer to church, I like them to meet you, because you always show them a welcome smile, chat with them, and make them feel like home.


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