Wallace Bert Brill
Wallace "Wally" Bert Brill
A memorial service for Wallace "Wally" Bert Brill, 96, who passed away Dec. 8, 2008, will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford, at 1:30 p.m., on Jan. 17, 2009.
Born Feb. 3, 1912, in Cambridge, Ohio, he was the son of Clyde and Mary Brill. Wallace was preceded in death by his wife Lucille, after 73 years of marriage, and his two sisters.
After graduating Cambridge High School in 1930 he attended Ohio State University and Tri State College, in Angola, Ind., where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1934. While attending Tri State College, he met Lucille Metzger. They were married in Angola, Ind., on July 22, 1933.
In 1936, Wallace and Lucille moved to Medford, Ore. He was the owner of Brill Metal Works until 1980. He was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Medford. Wallace was a life member and held serveral offices in Masonic organizations such as, Medford Blue Lodge, Hillah Shrine Club, Scottish Rite, and Adarel Chapter of Eastern Star in Jacksonville. He was also involved in many civic organizations that include the Medford Chamber of Commerce, (president 1966). He was instrumental in helping to set-up the Bear Creek Valley Sanitary Authority, now known as Rogue Valley Sewer Services, and served on the Board of Directors for 14 years. Governor Vic Atiyeh appointed Wallace to serve on the Oregon State Environmental Quality Commission from 1981 to 1989.
Wallace had many interests and hobbies, including hunting and fishing. He was a licensed amateur HAM radio operator from age 14 to 95, and built many of his radios. He had a keen interest in science and enjoyed discussing current topics. Wallace also liked classical music, having played violin in a symphony orchestra while at Ohio State University. After retiring, he and his wife Lucille traveled extensively to many places around the world.
Wally is survived by three daughters, Susan Law (Ben), of Lakewood, Colo., Judy Addington (Bob), of Eagle Point, Ore., and Linda Johnson (Ray), of Medford, Ore.; grandchildren, David Law (Molly), of Colo., Kristin Douty (Perry), of Colo., Greg Addington (Monica), of Ore., Jill Radley (Jason), of Wash., Meridith, Lindsay, Andrea, and Rachel Johnson, of Ore.; great-grandchildren, Kaeden and Camden Law, Adam and Ryan Douty, Sarah and Reese Addington, and Benjamin and Samuel Radley.
In lieu of flowers donations are suggested for Masonic and Eastern Star Home, c/o Adarel Chapter of Eastern Star, P.O. Box 427, Jacksonville, Ore., 97530, First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly, or Cascade Christian High School, 855 Chevy Way, Medford, Ore., 97504