James "Junior"-Waller-Obituary

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James "Junior" R. Waller

Macon, Missouri

Sep 29, 1932 – Jul 30, 2019


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Hutton & McElwain Funeral Home - Macon Obituary

James R. “Junior” Waller, a proud Macon son, began life as a child of the Great Depression and grew up through the heart of WWII. When his father left the comfort of home to serve in the Navy as a baker on the South Pacific island of Tarawa, “Junior” became the reliable helper and heavy lifter for his mother, Wilma. He tended to the livestock, helped with crops, repaired things, and generally did everything he could to make life easier for his family, especially his mother. When his father returned from his time in the Navy, “Junior” returned to his position in the family as eldest son. However, the experience of taking responsibility and of being accountable at such an early age never left him. He continued his schooling in Macon and served as a Staff Sargent in the Air Force while married with a small daughter. Using his GI Bill and money earned from various part-time jobs, like flipping burgers in a Kansas Diner, he saved enough money to attend SMU, graduate as a member of the Eta Kappa Nu honor society, and become a successful Electrical Engineer with Mobil Oil.

Throughout his career, he was a great problem solver. At Mobil Oil, he played a key role in advancing the technology and use of microwave powered sub-stations and large frame computers. He was a major contributor in the proposal and development of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and he helped breathe life back into Humble Oil when it was faltering. Later, he ventured out on his own with two other Mobil men to create Marmac Systems Engineering, a successful engineering firm located in Southern California. In life, he was, in fact, truly a self-made man and a fierce role model for his four children.

On Tuesday, July 30, 2019, James R. Waller left this world 61 days before his 87TH birthday. The many things he accomplished and his successes, both small and large, will stand as reminders that he was here. He was preceded in death by his eldest son, James Mitchell Waller and his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth Ann Waller. He is survived by three of his four children, Victoria, Bryan, and Jonathan, their spouses – Richard, Okhui, and Marta, as well as nine grandchildren – Alexandra, Chase, Kiana, Paul, Avril, Blake, Brandon, Emily, Jonathan, his wife Meghan and two great grandchildren – toddling two-year-old twins – Aimee and Ruby. Also surviving are his sister Connie Waller-Bentz, and his brothers, John Waller and Jim Sutton.


Please join us on Saturday, August 17, as we remember our father at:

Hutton & McElwain Funeral Home

301 N. Rubey Street

Macon, MO 63552

Visitation: 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Funeral Service: 10:30 am

A graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery will immediately follow.

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Sorry I can't be there for JR's service but want to convey my sympathy to all of you. As one of the "younger" cousins I didn't have the privilege of knowing our oldest cousins. When JR started on his Geneology quest I was working at the Macon County Recorder's office. I got to know JR and what a great guy he was. I have included an old picture I found. The little guy in overalls on the front row is JR.