OBITUARY

Herman Dell Wallar

May 28, 1937April 13, 2019
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Herman Dell Wallar, 81, of Amarillo went to be with the love of his life on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at BSA Hospital; surrounded by his family and friends.

The family will receive guests on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm at Griggs Schooler Gordon Funeral Directors, 5400 Bell St in Amarillo. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 2pm in the funeral home’s Pioneer Chapel with T.C. Messer presiding. Herman will be laid to rest with his wife Norma in Memory Gardens Cemetery, located on Interstate 27 and McCormick Road in Amarillo.

Herman came into this world on May 28, 1937 in Ravia, Oklahoma where he grew up and graduated, leaving a lasting mark as a mischievous and ornery child that loved to tell his stories to any and everyone who would listen. At the age of 17, he left home and set off to California. Running out of money in Amarillo, Texas, he settled down and took a job with the Sanitation Department with the City of Amarillo. He met the love of his, Norma LaJune Wickware and they were married on May 09, 1959. Together they raised five sons, R. Windell Holland Jr, Thomas David Holland, Mitchell Dell Holland, Donald Lee Wallar, and Roy Dan Wallar. They were blessed with 13 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. They enjoyed 49 years of marriage before they were separated by Norma’s death on October 19, 2008.

Herman as a child would lay beside the road and dream of being a truck driver as he watched the trucks drive by. In 1963, he made that dream a reality when he took his first job as a sand and gravel hauler for Harry Alan. He made a short bout as a farmer, but longed for the call of the road, and soon went back to driving a truck. He went to work for Baldwin Trucking as an over the road driver. As macular degeneration slowly took his sight, he moved into the recruitment field before finally retiring around 2014. Herman was honored by being published in the National Truckin’ Magazine in the Wednesday, August 07, 2013 issue. The article was entitled “Herman Wallar…Generation after Generation” telling the story of his life.

Herman was an amazing artist, accomplished guitar player, and an avid gun and guitar collector. Along with collecting guns, he could also shoot them with amazing accuracy. Even after being declared legally blind, his groupings were still better than most people with perfect vision. Some of his fondest memories were of hunting and fishing as a child in Ravia, and later in Amarillo with his sons.

Herman loved spending time with his family and friends telling the stories of his family history, childhood, life on the road as a trucker; and most fondly, his life with his loving wife and family whom he adored. He made a mark on the hearts of everyone who knew him, and he will be missed by all who ever met him.

Herman was preceded in death by his parents, Monk and Lela Wallar, sisters Effie Lewis, Jerry Riggs, and Anita Sulliven, wife Norma LaJune; two sons Thomas David Holland, and Mitchell Dell Holland, and two of his 13 grandchildren. Those left to cherish his memory are his sons R. Windell Holland Jr, Donald Lee Wallar, and Roy Dan Wallar; 11 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and many other loving family and friends.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, April 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 18, 2019
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Biography

      Herman Dell Wallar was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Herman always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Herman was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

      Herman was born on May 28, 1937 at the barn on the family farm in Ravia, Oklahoma. His parents were Monk and Lela Wallar. Herman was raised in Ravia, Oklahoma. Always able to express himself well, Herman possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Herman was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Herman was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Herman was raised with three siblings. He had three sisters, Effie, Jerry, and Anita. Herman had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      As a young child, Herman showed his creative ability in many ways. He was outgoing and animated. Herman enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. He took part in baseball and basketball. In his spare time he liked hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and girls. Herman's memorable achievements included lead role in the third grade play, and teaching girls how to chew tobaco in the 11th grade leading to the windows being lined with green faced girls while he laughed hysterically.

      Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Herman was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. His curious nature was spurred by his ability to maximize his personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. He was good with facts and had an excellent memory. He graduated from Ravia High Shcool in 1953. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was math, reading, and physical education (PE). The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Mrs. Chevy or Mrs. Ford. In addition to graduating, his most memorable accomplishment was the tobaco incident.

      Friends and acquaintances found Herman an easy man to get to know, and those close to him would often praise his open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Herman was uncomplicated and straightforward in his relationships, which allowed him to accept people for what they were. While growing up, some of his best friends were Truman, Andrew Love, and coffee. Later in life, he became friends with Andrew.

      On May 9, 1959 Herman exchanged wedding vows with Norma LaJune Wickware at the Church of God on McMasters of Amarillo, Texas. Herman was attentive to Norma's feelings, and he charmed Norma and others with his gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Herman was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Very much like a kid himself, Herman identified with the inquisitive and creative side of his children’s personalities. He was able to direct his energy and spontaneity towards helping his children acquire added common sense skills. Herman was blessed with five sons, R. Windell, Thomas David, Mitchell Dell, Donald Lee, and Roy Dan.

      Herman was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Herman’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Herman was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Herman could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in his work environment. His primary occupation was a truck driver. He was employed for 51 years living his dream as a truck driver for various companies.

      Herman enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. His favorite pursuits were drawing, guitar playing, gun collecting, and jewelry making. One his most funny jewelry projects was his current wedding ring. It was made out of one of his wife's sterling silver spoons. He used a leather punch tool to decorate it. She was furious with him for it, until he finally showed her what he did with the spoon. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Because he liked to take risks, Herman was a perfect match for athletics and exercise. He was enthusiastic and confident about these activities. In high school, Herman played baseball and basketball. Recreational sports included baseball and watching football on T. V. Herman was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were watching the Dallas Cowboys play.

      Herman’s natural leadership qualities placed him in consideration for public recognition, earning him accolades for his many and varied efforts throughout his life. Some of his most prestigious awards included the prized "Chicken Award" in grade school one Easter. He was published in National Truckin' Magazine on Wednesday, August 07, 2013 in an article titled "Herman Wallar. Generation after Generation.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Herman truly enjoyed. He preferred to seek out excitement wherever he went and he was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included going to Paul's Valley, Oklahoma with his boys and fishing every morning while they were there.

      Herman was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Herman’s favorites was Bandit, a black lab. They were best friends for eight years. His family was rounded out by his other dogs named Penny, and Midnight.

      When Herman’s retirement finally came in 2014, he was well prepared. He used logical analysis of his retirement options in order to ensure his retirement would be fulfilling. Still, he was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. His new life involved staying right there in Amarillo, Texas with his family. In retirement, he found new pleasure in target shooting with his pistol collection, playing angry birds on his phone, and beating the chess game on his computer, but his favorite pass time was spending time with his family and telling his stories.

      Herman passed away on April 13, 2019 at BSA Hospital in Amarillo, Texas. He is survived by sons R. Windell, Donald, and Danny; his grandchildren Justin, Lisa, Kenny, Kayla, Amber, Juanita, Misty Jeff, Jeremy, Echo, Gary, and Michell; 31 great grand children, and two great-great grandchildren. Services were held at Griggs Schooler Gordon Funeral Director's Pioneer Chapel. Herman was laid to rest in Memory Gardens Cemetery with his wife Norma.

      Herman was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Herman had a theme song written about him, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Herman Dell Wallar.