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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.calver­thos­ 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.


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