Obituary for Wallace Lynn McCracken

Wallace Lynn McCracken, of Baltimore, Maryland, passed away on November 21, 2022, at the age of 85. He died peacefully at his home in Baltimore with his wife and family by his side, after several years of declining health. 

Wallace was born on July 7, 1937, in Kingsport, Tennessee to the late John McCracken and Estelle Kendrik. 

After high school, Wally joined the Navy where he served for 6 years. He served on an aircraft carrier, the USS Essex. After leaving the Navy, his first and only job was at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Maintenance Department. He worked his way up to Superintendent of Maintenance. His career at Hopkins lasted for 43 years. Wally started the first Hopkins interdepartmental baseball league. He brought his painting and carpentry skills to countless projects for his family and friends. 

While working at Hopkins in 1968, he met his beloved wife, Andrea McCracken, and daughter, Paula. Wally and Andrea married on April 11, 1970, in Baltimore, Maryland. They enjoyed 52 years of marriage. 

Wally was an adored dad and grandpa. He especially enjoyed annual trips to Deep Creek Lake and Ocean City, MD with his wife, daughter, and grandchildren. After cooking breakfast for his family each morning of vacation, he loved to take a pontoon boat out on the lake, people watch at the beach, and take his grandkids fishing on the pier. He was generous in his humor and love. He never missed a good game of dominoes. Wally will be remembered as the reigning dominoes champion, as he won his final game in November 2022. 

Wally loved to golf. He spent much of his time on the golf course with his partner, Tom McGown, and their posse of friends. Wally spent many good days at Mount Pleasant and Piney Branch golf courses.

Wally kept his family and friends laughing with his bold laugh, quick wit, and unique sense of humor. He enjoyed life and made sure that those around him did too. 

Wallace is survived by his beloved wife, Andrea McCracken; their daughter, Paula Landau, and Paula’s husband, James Landau; his grandson, Andrew Landau, and Andrew’s partner, Jasmine Reggiani; his granddaughter, Megan Landau; and his brother, Donald McCracken. He was preceded in death by his sister, Violet Webb; his father, John; and his mother, Estelle. 

The funeral service and gathering of family and friends will be held at Highview Memorial Gardens on Saturday, November 26, 2022, from 11 AM-2 PM. Flowers can be sent to the funeral home at Highview Memorial Gardens, 3433 Fallston Road, Fallston, MD 21047. You are also welcome to make a memorial donation to The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy.