Wallace F. “Sarge” Anderson, 86, a former Stevens Point resident and the father of five Portage County residents, died Monday, May 13, 2013, in Redding, Calif.
Private services will be held in Redding, Calif., and Barron, Wis., in June.
Mr. Anderson was born June 12, 1926, in the town of Arland in Barron County, Wis., a son of the late Walter and Isla Anderson. He grew up on the family farm and attended local schools.
He entered the U.S. Army and served for 23 years. During his years in the Army, he was stationed at bases in the U.S. and Germany, as well as a tour of duty with the Americal Division in Vietnam.
He was married to Irmgard Schmidt on Aug. 4, 1955, in Ansbach, Germany. They later divorced.
He retired in 1971 as the U.S. Army recruiter in Stevens Point.
After retirement, he ran a bar “Sarges Tap” at locations in Stevens Point and Plover.
In 1977, he moved to Reno, Nev., where he worked for Fitzgerald Casinos for a number of years. He lived in Reno, until 2012, when health issues forced him to move to Redding, Calif.
Survivors include his wife, Loretta Anderson, Redding, Calif.; three daughters, Christa (Ted) Strong, Plover, Diane Salvinski, Stevens Point, and Sandra Brown (Ray Higgins), Amherst; two sons, Klaus (Diane) and Gary (Peggy), both of Stevens Point; one brother, David (Jane), Barron; two sisters, Betty Ann (Roger) Blanchard, Birchwood, Wis., and Shirley (Robert) Blum, Grand Rapids, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; plus great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Robert.