Ray "Bunk" Waller Jr., 66, of Marietta, passed away Monday (April 8, 2013) at home surrounded by his family and friends. He battled cancer just like he lived life, head-on, full-force with a never quit attitude.
He was born in Marietta to Rosetta Stiers and Ray Waller. He spent his youth in Palmer and Zanesville, later moving to Beverly where he graduated from Fort Frye High School. He was active in sports, loved football and formed many lifelong friends. His first jobs were picking peppers for Rupe Ullman and working for Clarence Laughery in his dry cleaning business. He was fortunate to be taught at an early age, the value of an honest day's work.
Bunk enlisted in the U.S. Army following graduation and was sent to Vietnam, where he commandeered a two-man towboat pushing barges filled with napalm bombs up the Mekong River. Following his service in the Army, he worked for Kardex. After retiring from Kardex he went into business with his son trying to make a buck.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Judy Seaman of Barlow. He was blessed and proud of his son Bryan, wife Caroline (Eells), and their children Joe and Evan Alicia. They would tell "Pappy," "I Love You" and he would always respond, "I Love You More." To see his eyes light up when they were in his presence was a joy. Also surviving are sisters, Shirley (Rick) Strawser and Saundra Waller; half brothers and sisters, Steve (Evelyn) Waller, Sue Rainer, Marsha (Dave) Snodgrass, Marvin Cinquepalmi, Jr., Todd Cinquepalmi and stepfather Marvin (Beverly) Cinquepalmi. Special bonds were held with cousin Susan Johns (grandma to Joe and Evan) and niece Natalie Kennedy. He has so many cousins whom he loved and enjoyed reminiscing the old days. Also surviving are uncles and aunts, Jerry (Sandy) Stiers, Bob (Bonnie) Waller and Norma (Raymond) Burris.
Preceding him in death were his parents; grandparents, John and Eura Stiers of Palmer, Winn and Blanche Waller of Crooked Tree; half brother, Jeffrey Waller; and stepmother, Jennie Waller, who welcomed him into her home in Beverly.
Bunk loved being outside, working with his hands and spoiling his two grandkids. He was quick to give you his help or his opinion. He loved golf and was a scratch golfer for a few years. He was proud to be selected into the Dupont World Amateur Golf Tournament in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday (April 12, 2013) at McCurdy Funeral Home in Beverly with Pastor Rick Hastings and Hospice Spiritual Director Bob Sinnett officiating. Burial will be in Barlow Central Cemetery with military services at the grave. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
A special thank you is given to Dr. Lloyd Dennis, Dr. J. Wallis Marsh, UPMC Pittsburgh, Dr. Vivek Abhyankar, Dr. Kelli Cawley and his hospice caregivers. In lieu of flowers he would ask that you say, "Thank You" to a veteran, honor our American flag, plant a tree for our future generations and kiss your grandbabies goodnight.
Donations may be made to the Beverly United Methodist Church Building Fund, 700 Park St., Beverly, Ohio, 45715.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.mccurdyfh.com.