Waller, Jack Riley

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October 20, 1937 - July 15, 2018

Waller, Jack Riley

Jack Riley Waller, 80, of Richardson, Texas, died on July 15, 2018, five days after suffering a massive stroke.

He leaves his wife, Louise Delano, family throughout the United States and friends throughout the U.S. and the world. Born in Fruitland, Texas, Jack (“Billy Wayne” to his family), traveled extensively, starting with the United States Navy, but he always came back home to Texas. His passions included family, friends, music, photography, flying, pets and outdoor activities. He was a gifted musician who sang with choral groups at Weatherford College, University of North Texas, and Northlake College, and with the Dallas Opera Chorus, Dallas Symphony Chorus, and Plano Civic Chorus. He was a founder and lifelong member of the Dallas Recorder Society and played the French horn at Bowie High School and later in the Richardson Community Band for almost 30 years. He enjoyed flying and held a pilot’s license for many years.

Early retirement from Electronic Data Systems allowed Jack the time and resources to volunteer extensively with the American Friends Service (AFS) USA Student Exchange program. For years he welcomed, instructed and mentored young people from around the world, creating many enduring friendships. Jack was always in motion and never happier than when he was outside enjoying biking, swimming, running, skiing, roller blading, ice skating, canoeing, hiking and other activities.

As the youngest of 13 children, Jack leaves a large family of siblings, nieces, nephews, and cousins. There are no immediate services scheduled, but a memorial gathering will be planned at a later date to remember and honor Jack and to exchange favorite “Jack stories.”

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Susan Richter

August 14, 2018 10:40AM

Louise, I was so sad to learn of Jack's passing. He was such an important part of the Texas Toot; he was among the first Board members, and I think was the treasurer for several years. He will certainly be missed. My heart is with you, my dear. - Susan

Jeanette McGurk

August 04, 2018 11:50AM

Hi Louise, I was sorry to hear about Jack. He was one of those people (you as well), that amazed me by knowing so much about...so much, true Renaissance people I was lucky enough to know through Mom and Dad. You have both touched our family in hundreds of beautiful ways. Thank you. I will always have an image of Jack in my head making awe inspiring music at the Meyerson. You have my deepest sympathies.

Kenneth Reddy

August 04, 2018 11:34AM

Jack had been a friend since high school. I have really appreciated Louise's devotion and how well she has handled the load for the past couple of years.

Kenneth Reddy

August 03, 2018 2:09PM

Jack had been a friend since high school. Louise is a good friend. I really appreciate her devotion to Jack. I know the last couple of years have been hard. She has been a real trouper.

Karen Fruzia

August 01, 2018 11:18AM

Jack was a very enthusiastic singer with us in the Plano Civic Chorus. Always there--always contributing his voice. Miss him.

Gary Lostak

July 31, 2018 3:35PM

Louise - I'm sorry for your loss. I have a lot of fun memories of Jack from our EDS days. He was a wonderful man in so many ways. Hold unto the memories of Jack!

Gary J. Lostak

Taylor Sharpe

July 29, 2018 9:15PM

Jack was a wonderful man. We were friends through the Apple Corps of Dallas. He loved computers, but had many other talents like singing. I will miss my friend!

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