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Charles Wallace, 86, Yorktown WWII Veteran, Contractor

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. – Charles Blakeslee Wallace of Yorktown Heights died Nov. 26 at Bethel Nursing Home in Croton-on-Hudson. He was 86.

Also known as "Blakes," he was born April 5, 1926, in Queens to Charles L. and Edna Blakeslee Wallace. He served in the Army during World War II and was stationed on the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.

In 1956, he moved his family to Yorktown Heights, where he remained for the rest of his life. Wallace worked as a general contractor for Charles L. Wallace Construction and then for A.J. Construction based in New York City.

A member of the Peekskill Yacht Club for many years, he previously served as commander. Wallace also served as a member of the Yorktown Fire Department. His fondest memories were of his family, friends and his home away from home, Canada, his family said.

He was predeceased by his wife, Olive Goetz; and a daughter, Christine Langhans. He is survived by a sister, Muriel Turner of San Diego; three sons, Wesley of New Hope, Pa., and Chuck and Claude, both of Yorktown Heights; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation is from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Yorktown Funeral Home . A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Stone Church in Yorktown Heights. Burial will follow at Amawalk Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Yorktown Heights Fire Department.

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