Wally graduated from Seattle Pacific University (SPU) and met his wife, Alice, also an SPU graduate, at Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland. In the summer of 1959 they went to Alaska with Interact Ministries (Then Arctic Missions) to begin Victory High School. Later they served together at the Native Institute of Canada, in the U.S. office as personnel director, and in Canada in administration and church planting. The Lord called Alice Home May 9, 1995. They have three grown daughters. Although retired, Wally has a ministry of follow-up of the alumni of the Mission’s schools, Victory High School and Arctic Bible Institute in Alaska, and the Native Institute of Canada. He visits as many as possible, corresponds by mail, email, and phone, and publishes alumni newsletters regularly and prays for each of the former students.