Wallace E Voreck Jr.

July 18, 1922April 14, 2013

Sparta - Wallace Everett Voreck, Jr., age 90, passed on Sunday April 14th at 11:15 pm surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 18, 1922 in Charles City Iowa, to Wallace E. Sr. and Clara Nelson. He eventually went to University of Iowa and received his BS degree in Chemical Engineering in 1943. He then was a radio technician in the Navy on the command ship in the waters off post war Japan until 1946. He went on to graduate studies at Stanford University in California and received his Masters degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1948. He was then employed by Standard Oil near Chicago. Around this time, he met his wife Ruth Casler in a hiking and square dance group; she worked on the Manhattan project as a chemist. His career continued through oil and national defense companies. This included working at the Bikini Islands and Nevada nuclear test ranges and other important national defense projects. He had numerous patents in his name and worked on hundreds more. He moved to Lake Mohawk in 1969, with his wife Ruth and three kids, to work at Picatinny Arsenal for 17 years. Lake Mohawk has been their home for 44 years. Ruth and Wally have been active members of the Mohawk Tennis club and Newton Country clubs and enjoyed swimming, sailing, and wind surfing on the lake. They also enjoyed bridge games and church activities and were both active community members. He always loved singing in church choirs, most recently at the Sparta Methodist Church, and was a member of the Sunshine Singers. Wallace Voreck was a true Renaissance man, who followed all the scientific issues of his time. He was a conscientious man who was a friend to all he met and proud to defend his country with the latest advances. He always was always ready to lend a hand or to help a neighbor. He relaxed by working in the shop or tinkering to fix a problem around the house. Wallace is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Ruth (Casler) Voreck; daughter Marilyn Terry and her husband Eric of Jersey City; two sons, Rick and his wife Diane of Portola Valley, CA., and Don and his wife Rachel of Sparta. Five loving grandchildren; Paula, and Austin Scheyer, and Christopher, Charlotte, and Ashton Voreck. In order to give family members time to gather, a memorial service will be held from 12 to 4 pm on Saturday June 29th at the Voreck residence. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in his memory to Habitat for Humanity, the Nature Conservancy or charity of choice. For more information contact Goble Funeral Home, Sparta.


  • MEMORIAL SERVICE Saturday, June 29, 2013

Wallace E Voreck Jr.

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April 22, 2013

I'm very sorry to learn of Wally's passing. He was quite a person to work with and he freely shared his vast technical knowledge with his employees at Schlumberger. He will be missed but not forgotten.

April 22, 2013

I always enjoyed learning from Wally while he worked as a consultant for SCHLUMBERGER.He was a wealth of knowledge and a kind, friendly person.MY prayers and best wishes go out to the Voreck family. Alfred Ortiz

Tony Gonzalez

April 22, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. From all of your friends here at Schlumberger in Rosharon,Tx

Claire Johnson

April 20, 2013

Goodspeed, uncle Wally. We sure miss you, I wish I'd gotten the opportunity to get to know you better.
Love you.