RALPH A. WALLEN, 86 ROCKFORD – Ralph A. Wallen, 86, of Rockford passed away Monday, November 3, 2014, in his home. Born February 12, 1928, in Melbourne, Iowa, the son of S. Alva and Charlotte M. (Lents) Wallen. He spent his early childhood in Marshalltown, Iowa and moved to Rockford in June 1940. Graduated from Rockford East High School in 1946. Ralph married Margaret J. Moore on June 26, 1948. He served in the US Army. Ralph spent 28 years as a firefighter for the City of Rockford, retiring in 1982. He was an avid golfer, bowler and Chicago Bears fan. Survived by his wife, Margaret; sons, Lawrence A. (Susanne), Hinesville, GA and John A. (Marie), Yorktown, VA; daughters, Katherine C. (Garry) Olson, Sacramento, CA and Marjorie J. Schone, Tigard, OR; grandchildren, Daniel (Pamela), James (Elke), Joseph (Milagros), Jeffrey (Bobbi), and Michelle Wallen, Mary (Bobby) Witcher and Jennifer Stai; four great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; seven step great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents; brother, Howard; a niece; and two nephews.

Ralph Wallen, Firefighter
Rockford Fire Department
Years In Service: 28