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John R. Waller

April 10, 1962 — October 14, 2021

John Randall Waller, 59, of Parkville, MO, passed away October 14, 2021, at St. Luke's Northland Hospital with loved ones at his side.

John was born April 10, 1962, in Columbia, MO, the fourth of five children of Paul Randall and Naomi Elaine (Bragg) Waller. He graduated in 1980 from Columbia Hickman High School where he excelled in sports, including football, baseball and track. He was a proud Kewpie! He later received his Bachelor's degree in Leisure Service Management from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

On February 2, 1989, John was united in marriage to Jane Marie Sola and they are blessed with two children, Alyson and Vincent. The family moved from Columbia to the Kansas City area in 2002 and became members of St. Therese Catholic Church in Parkville. John was a man of deep faith throughout his life.

John served as a Case Manager for Missouri Department of Mental Health for 28 years. Following retirement he worked as a Corrections Officer for the Platte County Detention Center. Most recently he worked at Cabella's in Kansas City, Kansas. He loved working at Cabella's because he loved anything outdoors and loved people. John never met a stranger.

John enjoyed collecting coins and was a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Cardinals. His lifelong passion for sports included playing on a winning softball team, running, fishing, golf, and hiking. John and Jane loved to travel and visited 38 states including many National Parks. Grand Teton National Park was John's favorite place this side of Heaven.

Along with his father Paul, John was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Lammers; step-father, Lyle Fosler; brother-in-law, James Patrick Sola; and beloved grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Jane; children, Alyson Waller and Vincent Waller (Amanda); mother, Naomi Elaine Fosler; siblings, Jim Waller (Laura), Pam Waller and Mary Ann Waller; brother-in-law, John Lammers (Jewell); Jane's brothers, Michael Sola (Brenda) and Jeffrey Sola (Deanna); as well as many nieces, nephews and other family members.

John was an amazing husband, dad and friend. He never missed one of his children's events while they were growing up. John had a special way of cheering up anyone's difficult time and added his famous sense of humor to any occasion. He will be greatly missed by all his family and many friends.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate John's life at a memorial visitation to be held from 2-4 pm Saturday, November 6, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty, MO.

In lieu of flowers, you may honor John with a memorial donation to the National Blood Clot Alliance (donate.stoptheclot.org).

Service Information:

Family and friends are invited to celebrate John’s life at a memorial visitation to be held from 2-4 pm Saturday, November 6, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty, MO.

In lieu of flowers, you may honor John with a memorial donation to the National Blood Clot Alliance (donate.stoptheclot.org).

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