Funeral services were held Thursday morning at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Sheridan for former U.S. Sen. Malcolm Wallop, with family members and other state dignitaries in attendance.
Malcom's son Oliver Matthew Wallop spoke of his father, saying that Malcolm was a man who was capable of anything he put his mind to, and that he bestowed upon his four children a passion for what they do, “an underlying love of life”, and the same hope for each of their children he showed for them.
His siblings, Malcolm Moncreiffe Wallop of Big Horn, Amy Mann Wallop of Falls Church, Virginia and Paul Stebbins Wallop of Big Horn were in attendance with about 20 other family members for the ceremony that lasted about two hours.
“We rejoice in the release from the confines of Parkinson's, but the void he leaves is large, and it is deep,” Matt Wallop said. “Who I have turned out to be - a mentor, a father, and a proud American – is because of dad.”
The church was nearly full, and of those at the service were former Vice President Dick Cheney, Wyoming Supreme Court Justice William H. Hill, Sen. Mike Enzi, Sen. John Barrasso, Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kite, former governor Mike Sullivan, and Susan Thomas, wife of the late Sen. Craig Thomas.
Vice President Cheney gave the first eulogy.
“All of us are here out of friendship and respect for a great man,” Cheney said. “Malcolm left behind so much to be proud of, and of those thingsl I know he rated nothing higher than his family here today.”
Cheney added memories of his time with Wallop and former Sen. Alan K. Simpson in Washington. Cheney recounted how they dealt with issues such as the Wyoming Wilderness Act, tax reforms and defense against missile threats.
“We counted on Malcolm to give dignity to the proceedings,” Cheney said.
He finished by saying that there are U.S. senators who stayed much longer than 18 years and left less of an impact than Wallop.
Next to eulogize Wallop was his long-time chief of staff and friend, Supreme Court Justice Hill.
“I was struck by his presence, his warmth, his friendliness,” Hill said of first meeting Wallop in 1974.
Wallop always valued having staff who held perspectives and philosophies different from his own, Hill said, adding that Wallop showed an approachability and friendliness that went a long way in the halls of the office buildings and the capitol in Washington.
Hill said that a chapter in history will be dedicated to Wallop for his role in ending and winning the Cold War. Wallop, Cheney and Simpson were, several times, by newspapers and periodicals in their time reviewed as “pound for pound this three-man delegation was the best in Washington,” he said.
“This is the beginning of a new chapter, a time of study and remembrance,” Hill said. “Study of a man who showed fierce devotion to the founding principals of this country, and later, an iron will and raw courage.”
Wallop died at his home in Big Horn on September 14th after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Burial followed at Sheridan Municipal Cemetery.