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Francis S. Wallner


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Francis S. Wallner Obituary
Francis S. Wallner December 31, 1932 - October 27, 2018 Vista Francis S. Wallner, 85, was born on December 31, 1932, and died peacefully on Saturday, October 27, 2018, surrounded by his loving sister, Barbara Ann Sorter, and best friend and devoted nephew, Michael Sorter. Funeral service and burial will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018, viewing 11 A.M., with services to follow, at Memory Garden Memorial Park, 455 W. Central Ave., Brea, California, 92821. Mr. Wallner is survived by his sister, Barbara Ann Sorter (Jack) of Brea, California; nephews Richard Wallner, David Wallner, Robert Wallner, Timothy Billings, John Wallner and Michael Sorter; nieces Amy Arthur, Cheryl Sorter, and Kathleen Allen; four great-nephews; six great-nieces; three great-great-nephews and one great-great-niece. He was preceded in death by his parents, Reverend and Mrs. Herbert E. Wallner; sisters, Agnes Wallner and Edna Ruth Billings; brothers, Norman Wallner and Charles Wallner; and niece Susan Billings.Mr. Wallner graduated from Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University), in June, 1955 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He began his career with RCA, but in March, 1956 entered the United States Air Force. He completed his service in 1959 with a rank of 1st Lieutenant. After leaving the service, Mr. Wallner worked for GE, the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and retired in 1990 from Lockheed, Sunnyvale, California. Francis, known by most as Frank, was a long-time resident of Vista, California. He was an active member of Redeemer by the Sea Lutheran Church in Carlsbad. Frank enjoyed nature and the serenity of the outdoors, and taking walks along the beach. He loved listening to music, watching Auburn football (he would almost never miss a game, and always wore his Auburn ring), and was involved in many social activities including square dance, ball room dancing, and spending time with friends. Frank was a hawkish investor and monitored the stock market daily. A special thanks to Barbara Ann and Jack Sorter, Michael and Barbara Lynn Sorter and their son, Perry, and daughter, Ellie, for all their love and support of Frank over the years. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Redeemer by the Sea Lutheran Church, 6600 Black Rail Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011.
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Nov. 7, 2018
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