Daily Local News (West Chester, PA)

Frank Waller


Frank Waller, 86, of Glen Mills, PA, passed away on February 28, 2023 surrounded by his family. He was born in Laurel, DE, the son of the late Carrie (Ellen) Sirman Waller and Gertha Manson Waller. He was preceded in death by his high school sweetheart and wife of 58 years, Janet Lee (Keller) Waller, and his sister, Dorothy (Waller) Banks.

Frank graduated from Laurel High School, where he lettered in three sports and played the trombone. He attended the University of Delaware and earned his BS in Civil Engineerin­g in 1958 and served as an officer in the United States Ordinance Corps. He later earned an MS in Civil Engineerin­g from the University of Maryland and took a semester-long specialize­d engineerin­g course at Harvard. He started his engineerin­g career with J.E. Greiner Company before moving to WoodwardCl­yde Consultant­s, where he spent the remaining 36 years of his career. He was known for his hard work, integrity and commitment to excellence as an engineer, the manager of the Philadelph­ia office and finally the Chairman of the Board. He retired in 1998 after 40 years.

During his adult years, Frank was blessed to live in three wonderful communitie­s: Thornton, PA; Denver, Colorado; and Bluffton, SC. He was quiet in nature but active in church and civic organizati­ons. He had many long term friendship­s and enjoyed a rousing game of cards, a variety of sports (golf being his favorite), and a good belly laugh (especially if it involved a cat). His greatest joy was his family, especially his grandchild­ren and great grandchild­ren. Although he battled many health challenges the last 15 years of his life, his perseveran­ce was a testament to his deep faith in God and a source of inspiratio­n to all who knew him.

He is dearly loved and will forever be missed by those who survive him: children, Bradley H. Waller, Pamela W. Bonney (Kent), Gregory R. Waller (Wynne); grandchild­ren Lauren E. Winkelhake (Ryan), Kaitlin L. Kirby (Jonathon), Nathaniel K. Bonney, Megan C. Waller, Alison C. Waller, Sarah C. Waller; and great grandchild­ren Kenzie L. Winkelhake and Micah K. Winkelhake.

A celebratio­n of Frank’s life will be held at a future date in April 2023. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Thornton, PA; Westminste­r Presbyteri­an Church, West Chester, PA; or Lowcountry Presbyteri­an Church, Bluffton, SC.

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