Walter Burton Trollinger
1939 - 2020
Walter Burton Trollinger

Walter Burton Trollinger passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on November 25, 2020.

Walt was born on October 27, 1939, in Washington D.C. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ashton and Ida Trollinger, and his brother, David.

Walt is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara; brothers, Cecil (Lorna), Larry and wife, Margo, and Robert and wife, Gail; sons, David, John and wife, Becky, and Steven and wife, Connie; seven grandchildren, Matthew and fiancée, Alexandria, Marc, Paul, Ashlyn, Carissa, John, and Sophie; a special niece, Lisa Miller; and nephew Gene Miller and wife, Kathy.

Walt grew up in Washington D.C. and signed a baseball contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Oxon Hill School in 1957. In 1960, after his baseball career, he went to work as a mail clerk for Southern Railway. While working full-time, he completed his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees at night from George Washington University. After Southern Railway merged with Norfolk and Western in 1982, he moved his family to Roanoke, Va., and subsequently to corporate headquarters in Norfolk, Va., in 1989. He worked for 39 years with the railroad, retiring as Vice President of Distribution and Automotive Services.

Walt was an avid baseball coach to his three sons. He loved golf and was a huge fan of the Washington Redskins, Washington Capitals, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, and Maryland Terrapins. One of his favorite hobbies was to travel. He was fortunate, along with his wife, to visit all seven continents and always made it a priority to travel with family once a year. Nothing made him happier than being with his family, either on trips or family gatherings.

Walt was a kind, caring, and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle and was greatly cherished by many. He will be dearly missed. He was a man of faith and may he Rest In Peace in his new home and body with our Lord and Savior.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society or a charity of your choice. A celebration of Walt's life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be offered at
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Published by Roanoke Times on Dec. 2, 2020.
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Walt and I were teammates on the Accokeek Men's softball team the summers of 1973 and 1974. There was a thirteen year age between us, so we had little in common. One day during practice we learned we both grew up in Washington, D.C. and found common ground. We discovered we had much in common, riding D.C. Transit Streetcars and Washington Senators baseball. Walt was a great ballplayer and teammate, his wife and family would always attend our games, a true family man. After the 1974 season we went separate directions and I would never see him again. To the Trollinger Family, you may not remember me but I want you to know he was a special person, teammate and friend. I'm sorry for your loss, Heaven just got a great third baseman.
Michael Lubetski
December 21, 2020
Rest In Peace boss! You were a great person to work for and you will be sorely missed! Much love and condolences to your family!
Lelia Lee McGregor
December 18, 2020
December 10, 2020

Sincere condolences from the Moroney family. Memories are flooding in from the days spent on W Street in Anacostia. To his family, we are so sorry for your loss. RIP Walt.
Charles (Moe) Moroney
December 10, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Walt was a great person and I remember all the effort he put into us as a baseball coach In Roanoke. Those were such special times for us and Walt and his family helped make it that way. Our Hearts are with you all.
Bill Terry
December 5, 2020
Walt was a great friend to many. I am sorry I was not able to spend time with him and his family. I have lived on the west coast for 55 years but I have never forgotten our Oxon Hill friendship!
John Greene
December 4, 2020
I was a Product Manager with NS in Roanoke, Va., retiring 2000. I met Walt from time to time. He was always friendly and a positive person. Very sorry to learn of his passing. My best wishes to his family during this difficult time for them.
Don Edwards
December 3, 2020
I´m sorry to hear of Walt´s passing. Our paths crossed on many occasions while working for Southern Railway and Norfolk Southern. A gentleman in the truest sense, he always extended a helping hand. He was very proud of his family. To you I would say take joy in remembering all the good times and solace in knowing that Walt is at Peace forever more.
Tim Heilig
December 2, 2020
Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of Walter. We had many good times together when the Breezewood Circle was active.
Judith Mannschreck
December 2, 2020
So sad to hear of Walt’s passing. Always a true and loving friend and coworker for many years beginning at Southern Railway in 60s. Prayers for all the family in their great loss.
Clare Hayes
December 1, 2020
I’m saddened to hear of the loss of Walt Trollinger! While I haven’t seen him since we both retired from Norfolk Southern many years ago, my memories are full of stories and great times we had together ....working and playing. My prayers for his entire family and all those that loved in peace my friend. Van Baker
Van Baker
November 29, 2020
My sincere condolences to the family. I worked with Walt in the 90s and found him the nicest guy. He was honest and cared for people. Although we worked for different railroads at the time, we had a great relationship. Rest In Peace, Walt
Gerhard Thelen
November 29, 2020