David Richard Waller, 51, of Warsaw, died suddenly Sunday, March 7, 2004, at the Bothwell Regional Health Care Center in Sedalia. He was born April 27, 1952, at Bonne Terre, the son of Clarence and Mary Kirby Waller.
He grew up in the Salem and Vibernum areas and graduated from Salem High School in 1970. In 1974 he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Fisheries Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
On Jan. 31, 1981, he was united in marriage to Mary Mills at Columbia. He worked for the Missouri State Department of Conservation for 30 years. He first was employed at Montauk State Park in Salem from 1981 until 1986. Then he went to Hunnewell State Park from 1986 until 1998. In 1998, they moved to Warsaw where he was instrumental in the overseeing and building of the Lost Valley Fish Hatchery that he managed. Due to his love of the out-of-doors, he was an avid fisherman and hunter.
Mr. Waller was currently serving as the associate pastor and youth minister of the First United Methodist Church of Warsaw. Previously, he had served as youth minister for Licking United Methodist Church from 1981-1986, he served as pastor of the Florida United Methodist Church for over 10 years and after coming to Warsaw served as pastor of Edwards United Methodist Church. He was very involved in missionary work and had made many trips to Nicaragua.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Waller, and his grandparents.
Mr. Waller is survived by his wife, Mary, and a daughter, Sierra, both of the home; a son, Daniel Waller; his daughter, Lily Grace Waller ; and his family, Sarah, Mason and Avery Stebbins, all of Warsaw; his mother, Mary Waller of Potosi; one brother, Gary Waller of Greenwood; one niece, Lisa Waller and her daughter, Kylie; a nephew, Chris Waller, and his daughter, Chloe; several aunts, uncles, and other relatives including Mary's mother, five brothers, and two sisters; and a host of co-workers and friends.
Memorial services for Dave Waller will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 12, 2004, at the First United Methodist Church of Warsaw with Dr. Diana Loomis, Rev. David Belt, and Rev. John Maynard officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 11, 2004, at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Women's Empowerment Movement of Nicaragua or the First United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Arrangements are under the direction of Reser Funeral Home in Warsaw.