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Wallace E. Pretzer,   Age 88
Visitation Location: Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud, Minnesota
Visitation Date/Time: Monday, August 29, 2022 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday
Funeral Time: Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Funeral Location: Celebration Lutheran Church, Sartell, Minnesota
Burial Location: Bethlehem Lutheran Church Columbarium, St. Cloud, Minnesota
    Wallace Edward "Wally" Pretzer, 88
    Sartell, Mn.
    October 8, 1933 - August 18, 2022
     Wallace E. Pretzer, age 88, of Sartell, Mn. died Thursday, August 18, 2022 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, Sauk Rapids, Mn.
     Memorial service will be at 11:00 on Tuesday, August 30th at Celebration Lutheran Church, 1500 Pinecone Road North, Sartell, Mn. Visitation will be on Monday, August 29th at 4:00-7:00 Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
     Wallace Edward Pretzer was born October 8, 1933, in Velva, North Dakota to Ernest and Alda (Johnson). He grew up on a farm near Velva. Wally graduated from Velva High School in 1951 participating in FAA, football, basketball and was the senior class president. Graduated from Minot State University in 1955. After college he taught in Antler, ND. The second year he was appointed Superintendent at age of 22, making him the youngest superintendent in ND and the only superintendent to be drafted. He served the US Army from 1957-59 in Munich, Germany and enjoyed traveling through Europe with the USO sponsored trips. Returning to US attended University of Northern Colorado and obtained his Masters Degree in Administration. Wallace married Shari Gray on August 28, 1959 in Washta, Iowa, and short ten days of being married sixty-three years. Wally was employed from 1959-1963 as Bricelyn High School principal, in 1963-1965 as Mapleton High School Principal. In 1965-1983 as an assistant principal at South Junior High, St. Cloud and in 1983-1991 as Principal of St. Cloud Technical High School, St. Cloud. He participated in an exchange program with Denmark in 1989.
     After retiring in 1991, Wally enjoyed time at the family cabin on Inguadona Lake, Longville, sitting on his deck or in his green boat smoking a cigar and watching the school buses go by. In 1995, he and Shari began their trek to Florida living on the Pan Handle during the winter months with St. Cloud friends. In 1999, they purchased a home in gated community near Leesburg, Florida. There they enjoyed golf, visiting the sites in Florida, entertaining family and friends. Wallace enjoyed fishing, golfing (he had three hole-in-one), photography, stain glass, traveling and reading.
     For over 40 years, he treasured his coffee crew at the Green Mill (aka Sunwood). Also, his times and tales spent with fishing buddies going to Canada, Alaska and Minnesota.
     Wally especially enjoyed his life at the lake with family visiting from Oregon, North Dakota, Chicago and Iowa as well as many friends. He and his sibling kept a close relationship with trips and visits every summer to Oregon, North Dakota, Arizona or the lake. He taught many nieces and nephews how to water ski.
     He enjoyed many conversations and was known for his wit and sarcasm.
     He was a member of the National and Minnesota High School Principals Associations, St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce and St. Cloud Friends of the Library. Wally was a member of Bethlehem and Atonement Lutheran Church (St. Cloud), Salem (Longville) and presently a member of Celebration Lutheran Church, Sartell, MN.
     The past fifteen years, Wallace struggled with Parkinson's Disease causing him to be susceptible to falls. Since December 2021, he moved Melrose Centra Care Facility and in April 2022, he moved to Good Shepherd Nursing Home.
     The family would like to thank St. Cloud Centra Care Hospice unit, the Melrose Centra Care Facility and Good Shepherd Nursing Home (Silver Bay House) for their compassion and care of our dad, grand-dad and husband.
     In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations toward Scholarship for Technical High School, St. Cloud and Celebration Endowment Fund.
     Survivors include his wife, Shari, Sartell; son Eric, Sartell; daughter, Nanci, New Mexico’ grandchildren, Noah and Zoe, Sartell; sister, Bonny Pretzer Groshong (Lee), Oregon; sister-in-law, Pat Seright Pretzer, (Arlo) Plymouth; brother-in-laws: Lanny (Pat) Gray, Illinois; Bill (Marlis) Gray, Iowa; Jim (Marcy) Gray, Colorado; and. many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
     Wallace was preceded in death by his parents, brother Arlo; sister, Almira (Pretzer) Strate; niece, Rhonda (Pretzer) Willenbring; nephews Dean Strate and Kelley Gray; brother-in-laws, Larry Strate and Lee Groshong; and in-laws, Russell and Louise (Torrey) Gray.

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