William "Wally" Walter Rombach

October 2, 1951March 26, 2021

William Walter "Wally" Rombach, cherished husband of Phyllis Harding; treasured brother of Jerry Rombach; father, uncle, cousin,, and beloved friend, left us on March 26, 2021.

Wally was a lifelong Beatles aficionado, an intrepid fisherman, soccer referee, Super Bowl host, ace griller, and event/video producer. When Wally loved you, he did so with his whole heart and would do anything in his power to help you. Wally will be missed by his wife, family and friends, and his loyal companion dog-Sunny.

Private interment. No flowers please. A Celebration of Wally's life will be held at a future date. Contributions are welcome to Wally's favorite charity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or to the charity of your choice.


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William "Wally" Walter Rombach

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Joyce Aboussie

April 6, 2021

Wally was a close and loyal friend. He photographed and videotaped so many memories since the 1980’s. He captured most major campaign events and dignitary visits for Congressman Dick Gephardt; he did the same for my entire family and close friends. Everyone loved Wally. He was easy to talk to, was respectful of others, and always cared about others that were less fortunate. He captured and brilliantly catalogued our lives. He was a kind, good and decent person. He was my friend. We will miss him greatly. And he always asked about and loved the kids of St Jude.
May God Bless His Good Heart.

Jerry Rombach

April 4, 2021

Many thanks to all who have - or will - contribute their special memory of Wally, or their heartfelt condolences. They mean so much to me and I know Phyllis too. Wally was indeed a special guy. He could melt you with a smile, freeze you with a glare, or make you realize your own stupidity with a raised eyebrow and smirk. He'd do anything for a friend - even one he'd just met. Fiercely loyal, extremely talented, usually sarcastic, and always ready to team up with cousin Johnny or a Palubiak to torture his little brother. And watch out if "these boys" showed up. Love and miss you Wal.

Brock Helgerson

April 1, 2021

I had the opportunity to work with Wally many times, he always did everything in his power to make for a successful event. Wally was a joy to work with and I’ll miss seeing his face and the joy of his presence at events in the future. God bless, Brock

james westcott

April 1, 2021

"Handball Wally"
His handball buddies believe he enjoyed the title. Wally was very competitive on the court but always a good sport in winning or losing. He was respectful to all the older players as most of us are older. Wally always made time to arrange for court times. We all thank Wally for his friendship and love of the game.

Father Dave Wichlan
Jim Griffith
Jules Zach
Jim Westcott

Maggie Eubanks

March 31, 2021

Still so hard to believe that Wally has left the physical world behind. I thought we had more stories and events to share. Fortunate to have known him. My heart goes out to Phylis and his family. May Wally's memory wrap you in peace and comfort.

Kenneth Guittar

March 31, 2021

Wally was my tutor, and mentor way back when I was in kindergarten at Mann Elementary. Almost 14 years ago when I met Wally I was a struggling, slow learning kid in poverty. He helped me straighten up, he played games with me, taught me new stuff, took me out for dinner, and even took me to my first ever carnival. Wally did Christmas for me when we could not afford it. He got me a stainless steel version of our favorite game to play, pick up sticks. I caught up with Wally back in 2015/16 and it was so great to have seen him again after so many years. Wally is one of a kind, and will truly be missed.

Mary Leb Foster

March 31, 2021

Wally and I go back to our kindergarten days together at St. Anthony’s in south St. Louis. He was always so nice and kind - lots of good memories from our ‘hanging out’ days around Marquette Park, skating rink, CYC activities, etc. I hadn’t seen Wally in years until he took the time to attend my dad’s funeral in 2003. That meant so much to me. Old friends are gold. My deepest sympathy to Phyllis, Jerry and his family. RIP Wally