Wallace Owens Enderle
Wallace Owens Enderle
  • May 17, 1926 - May 16, 2017
  • Mesa, Arizona

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Wallace Owens Enderle, Colonel U.S. Army Signal Corps (ret) of Mesa, Arizona graduated from this life into the hereafter on May 16, 2017 just one day short of his 91st birthday. His ashes will be interred at the West Point cemetery later this summer.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Margaretha Rita Koch Enderle (formerly of Lansing, Iowa) , by their two children, Bruce Allan Enderle of Tucson, Arizona and Scott Wallace Enderle of Mesa, Arizona and by Grandchildren: Crystal F. Carter, Erin E. Sutliff, Justin T. Sauerwein, Matthew S. Enderle, Clint O. Enderle, Tanner B. Enderle, Brad Enderle and Grant Enderle and by six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother Maurice A. Enderle and his grandson Kyle O. Enderle.

Wallace was born on May 17, 1926 in Santa Ana, California, the oldest son of Maurice Frank Enderle and the former Harriet Bartholomew Owens. His father was the Orange County Assessor at the time of his death in 1951 just after Wallace returned from Korea. Harriet O Enderle ran for U.S. Congress in 1956 but was defeated by her incumbent opponent.

While a member of the United States Military Academy at West Point class of 1948, Cadet Enderle participated in the Honor Company that escorted President Franklin Roosevelt's body home to his final resting place at Hyde Park, New York. After graduation and Officer Basic training, LT Enderle joined the 1st Cavalry Division at Camp Drake near Tokyo, Japan in the summer of 1949 and shipped out with them to Korea at the beginning of the Korean War in 1950 for eleven months. He received his first Bronze Star during that campaign.

He returned to the USA for duty with the 16th Signal Battalion at Camp Cook, California (now the site of Vandenburg AFB.) He became company commander after return from Operation Longhorn in Texas to the companies new home at Camp San Luis Obisbo.

Wallace was selected to be Aide-De-Camp to Brig. General B.M. Fitch at Ft Douglas, Utah and later Asst. Post Engineer there. He married Margaretha Rita Koch in October, 1952 and the family moved to Ypsilanti, Michigan where Wallace attended the Univ of Michigan gaining a Masters in Electrical Engineering.

Moving to West Point, Captain Enderle became an instructor and then an Asst Professor in the Dept of Electrical Engineering as well as OIC of the Cadet Radio Club. he then started and served as OIC of the first Cadet Astronomy Club after finding an abandoned 5 ¼ reflecting telescope and observatory in the East Academic Building (now Bartlett Hall.) The scope is still on display in Washington Hall. Enderle additionally designed and built a multi-family intercom system in Dunover Court for his wife and 7 other families for baby-sitting convenience.

Starting in the fall of 1958, came a year's attendance at the Advanced Signal School in Ft Monmouth, NJ which was followed by a two year tour in Taiwan operating and building long range HF and Troposcatter radio communications facilities linking Southeast Asia with the worldwide Starcom system and providing support for MAAG with Chiang Kai Shek's headquarters in Taipei. Wallace and Marge were able to meet with President Chang, Madam Chang and President Eisenhower upon his visit to Taiwan in 1960.

Next, as a Major came a three year tour at the Pentagon and Ft Belvoir , during this time, he supervised the security for the sound system for Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963. Then two years in Frankfurt, Germany overseeing construction of the U.S. Army's Tropospheric Scatter wide band system linking the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Promotion to LTC while in Frankfurt led to a Command position at the 447th Signal Battalion in Pruem, Germany located in the Ardennes Forest. Afterwards a Research and Development tour at Ft Belvoir, VA and a year tour in Vietnam as a full Colonel commanding the Communications Systems Engineering and Management Agency.

Col Enderle's last tour of duty was as Commander of the Army Electronic Proving Grounds at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona and upon retirement, built and moved to a ranch in Elgin, Arizona on the site where the movie "Red River" was filmed. There, for thirty-four years, he lived with his wife, working for a time for a financial planning organization of retired officers, then on the board of the Sierra Vista Dynamic Development Corp. and starting a business with his eldest son, selling Ultralight aircraft and training the owners as pilot instructors. He continued with his love of electronics, communications and computing by maintaining a Ham station, building unique electrical circuits, building Tesla coils and programming using machine language on an 8080 CPM Equinox computer (a rival of Apple's first computer).

Wallace accepted Jesus Christ as his savior in the late 80's and was Baptized in June, 1992 along with Marge at Santa Ana First Baptist Church to confirm to the world, their commitment to Jesus.
During his military career, he received many decorations including two addition Bronze Stars but none of them meant nearly so much as the first one, pinned on by his Company Commander Capt James O. Johnson of Garland, Texas. A man Wallace greatly admired and a life long friend.