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Radcliff Wallen

Radcliff "Rad" Wallen

Friday, October 4th, 2019
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Obituary

On Friday, October 4, 2019, Rad Wallen, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 73 in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was born on September 25, 1946 in Petrolia, Ontario, Canada to Charles and Mary Wallen. On October 5, 1973, he married Carol Hacker and they raised two daughters, Lainie and Libby. Rad worked for AAA as an insurance agent for 35 years. He thoroughly enjoyed retirement since 2012.

Rad was known for his quick wit, charming smile, and love for his family. He loved spending time with them, and truly enjoyed being a Grandpa to his four grandchildren who adored him. There is nothing he loved more than watching his daughters and grandchildren at their events and was their biggest fan. He loved to travel and see the U.S, taking trips across the country with his wife, daughters, and even the grandkids – usually with the windows down and music playing, while he provided insight on life with his infamous “Rad Rules.” Rad also had a love of sports, particularly hockey and the Montreal Canadians. Throughout his youth he played many sports and as an adult he enjoyed playing softball with his long-time buddies on the Sarnia TNT Tigers. He enjoyed coaching youth hockey in the community for many years, and also loved coaching his daughters’ soccer and swimming teams.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles, and his mother, Mary, and his mother and father in-law, Willard and Grace Hacker. He is survived by his wife of 46 years Carol, his daughters Lainie (David) Hoag, Libby (Ryan) Young, his grandchildren Madelyn, Owen, Juliet, and Molly Hoag, his brothers Tony (Phyllis) Wallen, James (Kris)Wallen, his sister-in-law Barbara Johnson, and his nieces and nephews Jeff and Jason Jagacki, Jake and Katie Wallen and Simone, Alex, and Julia Wallen.

The family honors the memory of Radcliff and invites you to share memories on Sunday, October 13, 2019, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Smith Family Funeral Home, Hancock Street. A memorial service will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

For information and guestbook, www.smithfamilyfuneralhome.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 13th, 2019 | 12:30pm - 2:30pm
    When
    Sunday, October 13th, 2019 12:30pm - 2:30pm
    Location
    Smith Family Funeral Home - North
    Address
    1525 Hancock Street
    Port Huron, Michigan 48060
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  • Service

    Sunday, October 13th, 2019 | 2:30pm
    When
    Sunday, October 13th, 2019 2:30pm
    Location
    Smith Family Funeral Home - North
    Address
    1525 Hancock Street
    Port Huron, Michigan 48060
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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The Potters

Posted at 01:51pm
With deep sadness
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Love, Madelyn, Owen, Juliet and Molly

Posted at 09:49pm
We will miss you so much, Grandpa
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Lara Polce

Posted at 09:36pm
To The Wallen Family- We are honored to support you in person and in spirit. With Love, Lara, Carrie, Christina, Erin and Sara
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Gerry Macartney

Posted at 03:17pm
Carol and Family. We were so saddened to learn of Rad's sudden and tragic passing. I sincerely wish I could be there with you on the 13th but we have 11 family members joining us for Canadian Thanksgiving all day. As you know, Rad and I enjoyed many a mischievous adventure together and amazingly we lived through them. He taught me how to play bridge, to laugh at myself, to be ready with a punch line at the drop of a hat and critically to smile at life no matter what came at you. He taught my kids how to ski (go figure) and to curse (go figure). And, I will always be grateful to him for asking me to join him for lunch at his folks place two or three days a week while at school. Mom made a mean grilled cheese and tomato soup. However, I will never forgive him for roping me into Ms. Bonnetto's drama class:-(
He was a great friend, and I'd like to think that all of us who knew him inherited at least a piece of his truly funny sense of humor. I have been missing him for a long time and wish I had made a greater effort to make contact and stay in touch. They say you only have 5 truly good friends over the course of a lifetime. He was one of my five.
Best regards to Libby and Lanie and the entire Wallen mob.
Gerry Macartney
 
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Lainie Hoag Posted at 10:41pm

Thank you, Gerry. He treasured your lifelong friendship and these memories you shared are wonderful to hear.
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Posted at 07:37am
Lainie: Sending our love and prayers! We love you!
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