In Memory of

Michael Ray Wallace

May 26, 1950 - January 10, 2024


Michael R. “Mike” Wallace of Lee’s Summit, Missouri passed away on January 10, 2024.

He was born May 26, 1950, in Evansville, IN to Otha “Boots” and Elizabeth “Tommye” Wallace.

Mike’s family moved to Pompano Beach, FL during his early teenage years until 1967, then to Wichita, KS.


Upon graduating from Wichita North High School in 1968, Mike joined the US Navy, trained and served as a Corpsman, and was stationed in Annapolis, MD until his discharge in 1971.


After his military service, Mike settled in the Kansas City area.  He graduated with his LPN from Research School of Nursing and his A.S. in Fire Science from Penn Valley Community College.  He joined the Lee’s Summit Fire Department in 1976, became one of Missouri’s first licensed paramedics, advanced to Captain in 1983, and retired in 2007 after 31 years of service.


During his career, Mike also ran first-aid stations at Starlight and Kemper Arena and for The American Red Cross; and traveled to Gulfport, MS to cook and serve BBQ to first responders of the 2005 Katrina hurricane disaster. He was also heavily involved in the search and rescue operation at the Kansas City Hyatt hotel disaster in 1981.  Mike’s Departmental Obituary, which highlights his professional and volunteer achievements, is available on Facebook at Lee’s Summit Fire Department and at the Lee’s Summit Tribune at


Mike developed a passion for music from an early age, especially the guitar, and was playing local events with his older brother by age 10, including the Indiana State Fair. Mike’s musical journey continued into his teen years when he and some classmates formed a rock band during their senior year of high school playing local clubs in Wichita, KS. He became a skilled guitar player. Eventually his musical dreams led him to songwriting, and in 1994 Mike was signed as a staff writer at the famous Sony “Tree” Publishing Company in Nashville, TN.


Mike had a love for history as well. He volunteered with the Lee’s Summit Historical Society and actively took part in community events and archiving Lee’s Summit Fire Department history.  Mike was a longtime member of The Lee’s Summit Christian Church.  He was an avid non-fiction reader. He was a barbecue connoisseur and made “Smokin’ on the Summit” an annual family event during Downtown Days.  He was known for his award-winning chili and for his biscuits and gravy.  Mike was passionate about his family.  He also loved fishing, cooking, Florida, the Chiefs, the Dolphins, blues music, crossword puzzles, the History Channel, all things extraterrestrial, his loving and faithful dog, Gracie, and his amazing wife, Cathy who he married in 1975. He was also an accomplished photographer, especially of flowers and wildlife. He was his family’s anchor in Lee’s Summit. If you were coming into town, you called Mike & Cathy and they always had room for you to stay. He always asked for a lemon meringue pie on his birthday.


Mike’s death is a profound loss to his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Cathy, of the home; his son David, daughter Sara; beloved grandchildren Megan (Daniel); Ryan, and Mikenlea. Additionally, his two brothers Rick Wallace (Patti); Ron Wallace (Lisa); and three sisters; Donna Wallace, Dori Wallace (Drake); and Diane Thornton-Wallace. He was preceded in death by his parents.


Cremation. Visitation for Mike will be held at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit from

3 pm – 6 pm on Wednesday, January 17. A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring of 2024.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Lee’s Summit Historical Society at 220 SW Main Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


Arrangements by Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


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Mike did more for others than most people will ever know. I’m so glad to see what all he did highlighted in his obituary. His family was his joy and delight. His Fire Department, friends and interests followed close behind. It was a priviledge to know him and take inspiration on how to serve othrs.

My deepest sympathies to you Cathy and your entire family. Sending my love and heartfelt prayers.

You all have our sincerest condolences on your great loss. Mike was a kind and loving man who will be missed by many.


Wednesday, January 17, 2024
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063