Wallace Avey

November 29, 1921October 17, 2013

Wallace R. Avey, 91, of rural Ossian, passed away October 17, 2013 at River Terrace Estates. He was born on November 29, 1921 in Jay County to the late Taylor D. and Katie L. (Michael) Avey. He worked as a farmer, an owner and operator of his own welding and blacksmith shop, as the Wells County Veterans Service Officer, and with the Department of Veterans Affairs for Indiana. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945. He was later a member of American Legion Post #111 and Lancaster Chapel United Methodist Church. He enjoyed spending his time riding his golf cart, gardening, studying history, and traveling. During his travels, he visited all 50 states. Surviving family include his wife of 65 years, Wilmina Avey; daughter, Judy (James) Reichert; granddaughters, Anika ( Josh) Colvin, Kylene (Kevin) Huff; great grandchildren, McCoy, Winnie, West; brother, Glen Avey; sister, Ruby Ash; and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in passing by 8 siblings. A funeral service will be 10:00 am on Monday, October 21, 2013 at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home, 120 West Mill St., Ossian with Visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be from 5-8 pm on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Lancaster Chapel United Methodist Church.



  • Visitation Sunday, October 20, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, October 21, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 21, 2013
  • Military Honors Monday, October 21, 2013


  • Burial

Wallace Avey

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October 20, 2013

I always enjoyed visiting with you Uncle Wallace and Aunt Wilmina. Enjoyed the stories about World War II and the stories of Mom and your family growing up on the farm down by the Oakland Church. Those were fun times. Will miss those visits. Always appreciated the two of you checking in on Mom. She always enjoyed your calls and your company. Our condolences to Judy and Aunt Wilmina. You will be missing him a lot but there are many good memories to share. Sorry we can not attend the services. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God's blessing to all of you. Tim Kammeyer & Rosie.

John Kammeyer

October 19, 2013

for all the many enjoyable hours of conversation especially the family history and our wonderful debates over our most admired president Lincoln. May your family always feel grateful in living with such a quality human being.
John Kammeyer

October 19, 2013

Uncle Wallace, you were so much to many in our family. You were my dad's best friend, we liked your interest in history, the stories you could tell from your teen years and beyond were fantastic. Plus, it goes on and on with many fun times. At an early age you held my attention and created many memories for me. I am very proud that you are my uncle and "Thank You" for all the great memories.

Steve Kammeyer (Woodburn, IN)

Deb Avey-Hidy

October 18, 2013

We will miss you Uncle Wallace

Judy Reichert

October 18, 2013

I will miss my sweet Daddy forever. I will always remember when I was about 5 or 6 , riding down the road in his pickup truck. I was standing beside him on the seat with his arm around me (prior to seatbelt laws, of course!). We sang "Here Comes Peter Cottontail" at the top of our lungs. Probably endlessly, as I seem to recall him finally pleading, "Isn't that enough?"