Thursday, October 8, 2009

A memorial service was held for William Robert Waller at the First Christian Church, Crescent, Okla., on Saturday, Oct. 3, followed by a military burial detail at the Summit View Cemetery, Guthrie, Okla. He died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, after an extended illness at the age of 83. He was born Dec. 24, 1925, to Edgar Allen Waller and Nancy Orie Smith Waller in Bentonville, Ark.

survivors include: his wife, Helen Ruth Waller, of Cibolo, Texas; four children, William Robert Waller, Jr., of Kingwood, Texas, Pamela Sue Hoffman, of Schertz, Texas, David Ray Waller, of Augusta, Ga., and Mari Etta Swihart, of Chiang Mai, Thailand; three stepchildren, Wayne Cochran, of Marietta, Okla., Cheryl Coleman, of Wellston, Okla., and Doug Cochran, of Haughton, La.; 21 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Ralph Merlin Waller, of Fort Worth, Texas.

He was preceded in death by a wife, Betty Pauline Hirzel Waller, of Guthrie, Okla., three brothers, Roy Thomas Waller, Wamon Glen Waller and Loren Dale Waller; and two sisters, Quoena Zell Waller and Ethel Ellen Carey.

He was a 1943 graduate of Guthrie High School, Guthrie, Okla., and 1949 graduate of Oklahoma State University. He served in Europe with the U.S. Army during WWII and was a retired Air Force Reserve Officer. He was an accountant/comptroller at various companies including Boeing, Cessna, Vulcan Materials and Ditch Witch. He was ordained as a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Haysville, Kan., and faithfully served in local churches wherever he resided. He had lived in Cibolo, Texas, for two years and was a member of First Baptist Church, Schertz, Texas.