Karl Eugene Waller, 55, died on Wednesday, August 27, 2008, at St. Luke’s Hospital following a lengthy battle with cancer. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 6, at Word of Faith Pentecostal Church of God in Christ, 2325 16th Avenue SW. Dr. Damian M. Epps, Sr. Pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church will preside. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Word of Faith Pentecostal Church of God in Christ and for one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church. Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids is in charge of arrangements.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his two sisters, Paulette (James) Clark and Delores Davis of Cedar Rapids; three brothers, Olen (Norma) Gibson of Blue Springs, MO, Landy Waller III of Phoenix, AZ, and Ralph (Delores) Becicka of Cedar Rapids as well as many nieces and nephews. Karl was preceded in death by his parents.
Karl was born October 26, 1952, in Cedar Rapids, the son of L. G. Waller and Magnolia Hurst Waller. He graduated from Washington Sr. High School in 1971 where he lettered all three years in both football and wrestling. Karl was able to attend the University of Nebraska for only one year before being drafted into the service during the Viet Nam war. He continued wrestling throughout his service career winning championships. After his service years, Karl qualified for the Olympic Trials in wrestling. He was inducted into the Washington Athletic Hall of Fame on February 18, 2005. In 1981 Karl also obtained an Associates degree in Criminal Justice.
Karl worked for Quaker Oats, Hy-Vee stores and Mercy Hospital before becoming ill. He was a member of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church where he served as an Usher and was also a member of the Baptist Laymen. Karl once wrote he owes all that he accomplished in his life to “the Grace of God” and to the guidance and wisdom to his mother and step father, Charles Fields. Christianity was very important to him. Karl’s favorite hobby was attending sporting events, especially those nephews and nieces participated in. His best buddy was his Dog “Goldie.” Goldie has a new home with a close family friend, Carole Simmons.
Karl was very close to and loved his family deeply. His family continues to feel this same deep love for Karl. His presence will be missed by all who knew him.
Memorials may be directed to the family.