INDEPENDENCE — Roger C. Wallingford, 76, of Independence went to be with our Lord on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, at Via Christi St. Francis hospital in Wichita.
Roger was born in Coffeyville to Harold C. and Wilma Irene (Roberts) Wallingford on Jan. 11, 1944. They lived in Mound Valley, where Roger grew up and attended Mound Valley school until his junior and senior years, when he transferred to Labette County Community High School in Altamont, graduating with the Class of 1962. It was there he obtained his trade as a tool and die maker. After graduation, he worked in Emporia at Didde Glasser Manufacturing, moving to Independence in February 1965 to begin his employment with Automotive Controls in the tool and die department, retiring in 1995.
In 1964, he joined the Army Reserve in Emporia and later transferred to the 1011th Supply and Service Company in Independence. In May 1968, that unit was activated for training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and Roger served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969.
On July 17, 1966, Roger married Gayle Tucker at Mound Valley Methodist Church. She survives.
Other survivors are his son, Kevin Wallingford of Santa Clara, California; a daughter, Teresa Wallingford of Independence; three grandchildren, whom he enjoyed, Valerie Stocksdale of Oxford, Georgia, and Sarah and Andrew Wallingford of Santa Clara, California; a sister, Dana Hornback and her husband, Dick, of Parsons; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and twin baby daughters.
Roger was a member of Grace Memorial Methodist Church for many years and enjoyed singing in the choir. He has been an active member at the First Church of the Nazarene in Independence for the past six years and has been involved in Sunday school and Bible study.
Along with other Vietnam veterans, Roger was instrumental in forming the Heartland Vietnam Veterans group in Independence. He served as treasurer and helped organize a Washington, D.C., trip, the Moving Wall and the memorial in front of the plane at Riverside Park.
After retirement, Roger enjoyed fishing, traveling, the Heartland Vietnam group trips, Corvette friends and cruises. He was a good friend and lived a great life! It will be impossible not to miss Roger’s character, wit, charm, humor, his way with words, sayings and wonderful attitude.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Potts Funeral Chapel, 122 S. Penn, Independence. A celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the First Church of the Nazarene, 3167 S. 10th St., Independence. Burial will follow at the Mound Valley Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene, Independence, or to Kiddee Land at Riverside Park.
Please wear a mask to protect yourself and others.
Online condolences may be left at www.pottsfuneralhome.com.