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Waller, John R.

Waller, John R.

April 10, 1962 — October 14, 2021

John Randall Waller, 59, of Parkville, MO, passed away October 14, 2021, at St. Luke's Northland Hospital with loved ones at his side.

John was born April 10, 1962, in Columbia, MO, the fourth of five children of Paul Randall and Naomi Elaine (Bragg) Waller. He graduated in 1980 from Columbia Hickman High School where he excelled in sports, including football, baseball and track. He was a proud Kewpie! He later received his Bachelor's degree in Leisure Service Management from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

On February 2, 1989, John was united in marriage to Jane Marie Sola and they are blessed with two children, Alyson and Vincent. The family moved from Columbia to the Kansas City area in 2002 and became members of St. Therese Catholic Church in Parkville. John was a man of deep faith throughout his life.

John served as a Case Manager for Missouri Department of Mental Health for 28 years. Following retirement he worked as a Corrections Officer for the Platte County Detention Center. Most recently he worked at Cabella's in Kansas City, Kansas. He loved working at Cabella's because he loved anything outdoors and loved people. John never met a stranger.

John enjoyed collecting coins and was a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Cardinals. His lifelong passion for sports included playing on a winning softball team, running, fishing, golf, and hiking. John and Jane loved to travel and visited 38 states including many National Parks. Grand Teton National Park was John's favorite place this side of Heaven.

Along with his father Paul, John was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Lammers; step-father, Lyle Fosler; brother-in-law, James Patrick Sola; and beloved grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Jane; children, Alyson Waller and Vincent Waller (Amanda); mother, Naomi Elaine Fosler; siblings, Jim Waller (Laura), Pam Waller and Mary Ann Waller; brother-in-law, John Lammers (Jewell); Jane's brothers, Michael Sola (Brenda) and Jeffrey Sola (Deanna); as well as many nieces, nephews and other family members.

John was an amazing husband, dad and friend. He never missed one of his children's events while they were growing up. John had a special way of cheering up anyone's difficult time and added his famous sense of humor to any occasion. He will be greatly missed by all his family and many friends.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate John's life at a memorial visitation to be held from 2-4 pm Saturday, November 6, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty, MO.

In lieu of flowers, you may honor John with a memorial donation to the National Blood Clot Alliance (donate.stoptheclot.org).

Service Information

Family and friends are invited to celebrate John’s life at a memorial visitation to be held from 2-4 pm Saturday, November 6, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty, MO.

In lieu of flowers, you may honor John with a memorial donation to the National Blood Clot Alliance (donate.stoptheclot.org).

Waller, John R.'s Guestbook

Jane and Family, We’re sorry for your loss. You’re in our prayers.

Pam and Scott Newhouse

Jane, Vinnie and Allie and Family, We are so sorry to hear about your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and friends Kenny & Shari Silvers

Ken & Shari Silvers

Jane and Family - You have been and continue to be in my daily prayers. May your memories bring you peace and joy. May the passing of each day steadily allow your grief to subside and those treasured memories to flourish. My heart goes out to you all for your loss. Stay strong in your faith. Deepest sympathies...

Ryan Pearson

Jane, Vinnie and Allie and Family - So very sorry to hear of the loss of your dear husband and father John - a special man indeed. May you all be comforted by the legacy he has left you and the wonderful memories of your life together. I will always remember our CIG trip to St Louis Cardinals game summer of 1998 (my one and only time). May you find comfort knowing he is in rest with our Lord Jesus. Love and Hugs..

Marceil Flatt

Jane and Family - So very sorry to hear of the loss of John - a special man to you all. Sending positive thoughts and prayers to each of you as you celebrate the special memories you have enjoyed together. Hoping those memories will carry you forward through these challenging times. Very best to you all. Brenda

Brenda Austenfeld

Our sympathy and thoughts are with you and your family during this very difficult time. May your memories of happier days bring you comfort, today and always.

National Blood Clot Alliance

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Richmond Tammy (messner)

So sad to hear about John. He always had a smile and a big heart. Prayers and condolences for Jane and the rest of his family and friends. John and I went to high school together and were good friends “back in the day”. He was in our wedding when Tammy and I got married 37 years ago. We have not kept in touch over the years but it sounds like he had led a very loving and fulfilling life! RIP John!

Don and Tammy Burnham

Jane and family. Pam and Mary Ann. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. We are so sorry for your loss. Hold onto the dear memories that you have throughout the years. Sending our love.

Mike and Alisa Strong

SO SORRY TO HERE THE NEWS ABOUT JOHN. I JUST REMEBER THE GREAT TIMES IN COLUMBIA MISSOURI, BASKETBALL (MIZZOU TIGERS), HE WAS ALWAYS JOHNNY "DREW" IF WE WERE PLAYING BASKETBALL AFTER LARRY DREW OF THE MISSOURI TIGERS BASKETBALL TEAM, HIS YELLOW VW BUG, CRUISING THE STREETS OF COLUMBIA, A GREAT CO-WORKER AT SIRLOIN STOCKADE. (A FAMILY GROUP TO THIS DAY). JUST GREAT MEMORIES, OUR LAST GET TOGETHER WAS IN 2012 OR 2013 FOR A CARDINALS BASEBALL GAME. GREAT TIME. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY AND THE WALLER FAMILY IN THIS TIME OF LOSS. RIP TO MY FRIEND JOHN WALLER, PLAY HARD JOHN IN HEAVEN, THANKS FOR YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP. REST EASY YOUNG MAN, LOOK OVER US AND YOUR FAMILY. TEARS FROM JEFF. WILL SEE YOU AGAIN.

JEFF REICHSTEIN

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