Roger Waller of Falls Church, Va., passed away peacefully April 17, 2014. He was born Jan. 31, 1924, in Holdrege, to Milford and Minnie Waller.
Roger was part of the “Greatest Generation”, growing up in the Great Depression. He was raised on a farm in central Nebraska. He was a World War II veteran; having been in both the Battle of the Bulge and Ramagen Bridge, receiving the Bronze Star. He was educated under the GI bill receiving a bachelors of science degree in Accounting from the University of Denver in 1949.
Roger married Mae Pester from Broken Bow, Sept. 16, 1951, at the Methodist Church in Broken Bow. They were married for 62 years and raised four children and actively participated in raising 10 grandchildren. He worked for 30 years with the Federal Government: Atomic Energy Commiss-ion in both Grand Junction, Colo., and Oak Ridge, Tenn., and with Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C. He retired from the government in 1983, but continued working until he retired from Systems Flow in Rockville, Md., as their Chief Finance Officer. He was very proud that he was a contributor to society, working until he was 75. He felt education and hard work was the key to success, as Roger and Mae put four children thru college and set up college funds for their 10 grandchildren.
Roger had a strong sense of community, touching many people. He was a stalwart member of Graham Road United Methodist Church for 45 years, serving in many capacities. He was active for over 50 years in the Masonic Lodge and Kena Shrine. He and Mae moved into the Goodwin House in Falls Church, Va., in 2010.
Roger touched many people with his humor. He was a caring man who never met anyone he couldn’t talk to, and wanted to know their story.
Roger will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Mae of Falls Church, Va.; son, Peter (Gina) of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; daughters, Christine Jones (Ron) of Roswell, Ga., Catherine Miller (Mike) of Fairfax Station, Va., and Nancy Alexander (Don) of Burke, Va. His 10 grandchildren were the gems of his life: Michael, Sarah, Patrick, Gregory, Rebecca, Katie, Michael, Matthew, Mark and Ryan. He is survived by two sisters, Mary Alice Feeney of Davis, Calif., and Virginia Gustafson of Holdrege, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother Jack Waller of Holdrege.
Memorial contributions can be made to Graham Road United Methodist Church, or KENA Shrine Transportation Fund (9001 Arlington Blvd, Fairfax, Virginia 22031).
Published in Custer County Chief, April 24, 2014