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Walter Scott Wingo

June 1, 1931August 8, 2020
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Walter S. Wingo, age 89, of Arlington, VA, passed away on August 8, 2020. Born in Akron, OH and raised in Washington, D.C., Walter was an alumnus of Western High School and proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He had a lifelong career in journalism, starting as a sports writer for the Western High newspaper. After graduating from George Washington University, Walter became a reporter for Washington Daily News and received the Ernie Pyle Front Page Award. He was a columnist for Nations Business followed by U.S. News and World Report, and he later served as Washington editor for Design News.

Walter enjoyed many hobbies including chess, cycling, and early-bird tennis at the YMCA Arlington Tennis and Squash Center, where he played daily for almost 30 years. He was an avid Washington Senators/Nationals fan, and faithfully hung a bright red Nats flag from his balcony every season.

Walter was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Lafayette Wingo, and four children: Scott C. Wingo of Fairfax, VA; Susan Wingo Kiers of Staunton, VA; Jacqueline Wingo Bergsohn of Falls Church, VA; and James H. Wingo of Sterling, VA. Walter is also survived by his sister, Maura Wingo Snow, of King George, VA; as well as five granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on August 22, 2020 at Murphy Funeral Home in Arlington, VA, followed by an interment service at Columbia Gardens.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 22, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, August 22, 2020


  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, August 22, 2020


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Lindaq Wongkongkatap

August 22, 2020

It has been my privilege to have known Walter through the Western High School Alumni Association. Walter was such a kind, patient and generous human being. He will be greatly missed. Blessings to his family in this tragic time.
-Linda W. (WHS'67).

David Lafayette

August 18, 2020

Dear family,

We are all so very saddened by the loss of Uncle Walt and the thought of the pain you are surely feeling.

When I think of Uncle Walt, I think of a gentle, thoughtful man with a sharp wit and a broad smile, always curious. It's almost difficult for me to picture him without binoculars at his side or a map in his hand. The relatively few times We've been in DC, Walt would always tick-off a quick list of "must see" places. He was such an eager tour guide and would gladly take the time to show us the sights, even though he'd seen them all a million times.

I also remember him being earnestly curious about how we were doing. I'm not very good at quick phone calls but somehow in the cracks between "Hello" and "I'll call back later" he always seemed to get me to slow down, asking thoughtful questions about our lives here.

I miss knowing he is there and feeling I will see him with you all again on my next visit.

Much love to you all,

-Dave and family

Laura Yarus

August 16, 2020

Dearest Aunt Mary and Cousins and their loved ones...

It’s hard to say how much a person influences your life, even if we never see each other very much.

Uncle Wally was a sweet sweet soul and just knowing he’s gone leaves an empty spot in my heart. However!! Hopefully he’s waiting for the rest of us in Heaven with Grandma & Grandpa Wingo :)
AND good ole’ Uncle Jim!!!

Much love your way, Laura

Andrea Burniske (Lafayette)

August 13, 2020

Uncle Walt also has four neices and nephews on his wife's brother's side - they love him very much! I remember Uncle as a person who was interested in everything, and up for anything. He was so serious sometimes, and so playful as well - like that time we all danced in the dining room. Or when he pickedup my husband-to-be at DCA, never having met him before. And he actually wore the traditional Cambodian sweatband (that holds water), I brought him back for bicycling in the DC heat. As a J-School grad, I was so thrilled when he took us to dinner at the Press Club. I'll always remember his smile and twinkly eyes. I will not think of Arlington the same. And I guess the Nats may was well close up shop.

Susan Wingo Kiers

August 12, 2020

Not sure why the picture I posted in the previous post is sideways. Dad was a straight up kind of guy.

Susan Wingo Kiers

August 12, 2020

My brother Jamie and I were with my father until 8:45 the evening before he died, fully expecting to see him and bring him home the next day. Although he drifted in and out of sleep, he was fully aware of all around him. At one point he asked if I'd raise the head of the bed a bit. I did and asked, "Is that better for you?" He smiled broadly and said, "Yes!" Then he looked bemused and laughed. He said, "Oh. I thought you offered me a Butterfinger."

A little later my sister called, and he smiled hearing her voice. He said, "Hi, Jackie!" Jackie told him she'd see him the next day, and his smile broadened. We all thought we'd have more time together.

Thank you all for your stories. Dad will never be forgotten.

Bill Persina

August 12, 2020

I knew Walter as a member of the chess club at the Madison Rec Center in Arlington. I knew him as not only a strong chess player, but also a true gentleman - kind and thoughtful. I will miss him.

Win Persina

August 12, 2020

Where do I begin?! Walter's integrity and humble, kind nature were always mmediately evident. His humor, however, was terrific. He and I had a correspondence game and we joked that the TD favored him, even allowing him to shell peanuts over the board (as we imagined playing in person).
Another fond memory was going to his house for study sessions, and seeing his energetic wife, Mary. One time, when playing, we were so quiet and focused that Mary thought maybe I had left. Fun times!
The best is that Walter always continued his passions - competing in cycling races until he was 80. Impressive individual!

Nancy Richey

August 12, 2020

Walter was such a good friend of Steve's. Steve always spoke of fond memories growing up with Walt in Glover Park. Walt would always call Steve on his birthday and joined Steve at many activities, American Legion, the 310th. May God Bless and comfort you Mary and children at this time. Nancy Richey

Olivia Kiers

August 11, 2020

Papa was a wonderful, loving grandfather. Some of my earliest memories of him where when he showed me how to use the Microsoft Paint program back in the '90s, which delighted the young artist in me! He was always asking about school, always invested in what we were learning, reading, and doing. I always knew he was proud of his granddaughters, because he made sure to share his pride with us. The older I grew, the more I realized how precious and this encouragement was. He will remain in our hearts always. Rest in peace, Papa.


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