Walter David Staley
Walter David Staley, 90, small business owner and flying enthusiast who grew up in Chicago, Illinois, slipped the surly bonds of earth on January 6, 2019.
Growing up in Chicago, he parked cars in a garage managed by his father. After high school, he became a Sargent with the Air Force Military Police. Walter once appeared on an Air Force recruiting poster. He was attracted to fast cars, planes and motorcycles. He named his Studebaker “One Red Hot” believed to be the fastest in Southern Maryland. He enjoyed watching boxing matches and had a great fondness for Mickey Mantle.
He left the AF while stationed in Washington, DC. Walter drove a Koester bread truck, where he met Jack Lacy, the beginning of a lifelong friendship. Jack introduced Walter to Bob Jameson and they worked and played together throughout much of their adult lives. Early in the 1950’s, Walter bought his first delicatessen in District Heights, MD.
In 1954, Walter drove past Hyde field in Clinton, MD, and became mesmerized with airplanes. He became hooked on the speed of planes, buying his first plane shortly after. Eventually, Walter, Bob, and Jack became business partners and flying buddies. They would fly their planes many times to Cuba, California, Las Vegas, Canada, New York, and Florida. Their flying escapades would have you crying from laughter – you quickly understood that someone from above was taking care of them. A favorite expression for Walter after every flight was “we cheated death again.”
Walter could read people like a book, if you were a male of any age, he expected a firm handshake, a firm handshake meant you had character. Heaven help the guy who threw up a “cold fish for a handshake.” Additionally, an important character trait for Walter was honesty, he didn’t believe you could declare your honesty – you show and demonstrate honesty by your actions more than just words.
He’s survived by his wife, Susan D Staley, and children (grandchildren): Debbie (Staley) Brock (Cheri Hilty, Kristin Smith); Dale Staley (Johnny, Ryan, Justin, Tony, Kristina); Steven and Terry (wife) Staley (Brandon, Chad, Courtney, Taylor); and Jeanie Cox (Bill, Shanty, Free). He had many great grandchildren.
Walter was preceded in death by his loving daughter, Terri Staley (Michael Calub). Walter was a key figure in Michael’s life, whom is married to Cynthia Calub. Walter was very close with his brother-in-law, Clif Williams and his wife Sharon. All of whom loved him dearly and will never forget his firmness, wit, undying love, and care for them.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Calvert Hospice (410-5350892, www.calverthospice.org) in memory of Walter D. Staley.
Alice Theodora Wagner
Alice Theodora “Teddy” (Grey) Wagner passed away on January 8, 2019, at the age of 92. She was born on August 13, 1926 in Washington, DC, Teddy was the daughter of Irving M. and Alice Ellen (Biddle) Grey, who were both raised in St. John’s Orphanage in Washington, DC. The youngest of five children, she was named after her mother and President Theodore Roosevelt.
When she was 15 years old, Teddy worked as a messenger at Woodward & Lothrop in downtown DC. She started working for the U.S. government (General Services Administration) during World War II and retired in 1975.
Teddy’s father taught her the love of all sports — but especially baseball. She loved her Washington Senators, now the Washington Nationals. She saw Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson (her favorite) play. She passed the love of baseball to her children and grandchildren.
Teddy loved shopping, traveling, and watching her favorite game shows – Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! every evening. Teddy was devoted to her Episcopal churches – St. Stephen’s and the Incarnation, St. Paul’s Rock Creek, and All Souls in Washington, DC; St. James in Lothian, MD; and, for the last decade, St. Philip’s in Annapolis, MD.
Teddy met her husband, Robert W. Wagner Jr. on a blind date in July 1944 and six weeks later on Sept. 2, 1944, they eloped. After World War II ended, they moved to a farm in Turin, Monona Co., Iowa, and had three children. The family moved back to Washington, DC in 1952 and eventually settled in Hyattsville, MD. Teddy subsequently lived in Ft. Myers, FL; Kensington, MD; and Owings, MD. For the past 11 years, Teddy was loved and cared for by the wonderful staff of Sunrise of Annapolis Senior Living.
Teddy is survived by her three children: Robert W. Wagner III, of Chesapeake Beach, MD; Evelyn (Wagner) Tipton and husband Dennis, of Owings, MD; Barbara Jane (Wagner) Grant and husband Gary, of Atlanta, GA. She was a beloved grandmother to Michelle (Wagner) Schadt and husband Scott; Tricia Tipton; Scott Tipton and wife Linna; Amy Tipton; and Andrew Whitacre and wife Lindsay. She was the great grandmother of Emily, Lydia and Lyla Wagner, and Michael Grant Whitacre. Teddy was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and siblings: Irving H. Grey, Sarah Elizabeth “Dolly” Grey, Stephen B. Grey, William J. Grey; and her grandson, Robert W. Wagner IV.
Teddy’s faith in God, positive attitude and beautiful smile will be with us forever. “Wherever I am, God is. And all is well.”
Family invites friends to Lee Funeral Home, Calvert, Owings, MD 20736 on Saturday, January 12 at 9 a.m. until start of Funeral Services at 9:45 a.m. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in the name of Alice T. Wagner be sent to: St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Rector’s Fund, 730 Bestgate Road, Annapolis, MD 21401 ~ or ~ Washington National Cathedral, Preservation Fund, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016.