Bruno R. “Skip” Wallenburg

February 22, 1942 ‒ November 11, 2014

Sunbury, Ohio

Bruno R. “Skip” Wallenburg, age 72, died unexpectedly Tuesday morning November 11, 2014 at his residence.

He was born on February 22, 1942 in New York, NY to the late Bruno and Anna (Ehrbar) Wallenburg. He was a retired engineer for Mettler-Toledo and had lived in the Sunbury area since 1989.

Skip enjoyed travelling, reading, working with his computer, carpentry, science and tinkering. He loved animals especially his dogs.

He is survived by son: Aaron (Laura) Wallenburg of the Travis Air Force Base, Ca.; grandchildren: Kyle, Alexa, Grant, Garrett; brother: Ronald (Ruth) Wallenburg of Greenville, NC; sister: Barbara Geren of New York, NY.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR 3 at 61, Sunbury and friends may call one prior to the service.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Humane Society of Delaware County, 4920 St Rt 37 E., Delaware, Ohio 43015.

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

 

  • I’ve known Skip over 45 years and enjoyed our time together.

    I was constantly amazed at his knowledge in so many different areas.

    There are so man “Skip” stories you could fill a book.

    I particularly like one of his first attempts at sending email with our very primitive email system
    He could be a bit impatient at times and the response was slow so he pressed enter again. Then again, then about 8 times in a row.
    A bit later his phone rang and someone asked
    “Skip – Why did you just send me 11 emails?’

    He will be missed by many.

    Bob

  • I had the oportunity to work with Skip a number of years. He travel the world starting up and repairing large systems for Toledo Scale. He will be remember and missed by many. Rest in peace Skip!

  • Skip was a sweet hardworking man who was methodical in everything he did. He was precise and detail-oriented and one of those rare individuals that had a gifted mind and rarely forgot anything. I know that many of the Global distributors had a high regard and much respect for Skip, as he could fix most any system built by Toledo or Mettler Toledo. He use to tell me about his global travels and the different kinds of food he ate; I use to chuckle when discussing this with him as he sure ate some strange things but it didn’t seem to bother him at all!

    May you rest with the Lord. You will be missed my friend.

    Blessings,
    Cheryl Burket

  • Skip story follows. I had only been a Toledo Scale start up Engineer for a month right out of school and a weighing system at Guardian Glass in Fresno was having problems. They wanted Skip on site ASAP but has was not going to be available for two days. So it was decided by Norm Sheesley to send me out on-site to stall the customer until Skip could arrive, which was like me being fed to the lions. I arrived at the plant dripping wet from behind my ears, without schematics, manuals or any documentation and no tools to work on one of those huge, relay based “Kluge” panels. The evil, nasty Maintenance Manager whose name was Jerry chewed my butt and slandered Toledo Scale for two solid days until Skip finally arrived. When Jerry started on Skip, Skip got up on his tip toes, looked Jerry right in the eyes and told him he was crazy and the only problem was they couldn’t maintain their own system. From that moment on Skip was my hero. He was a great mentor and helped me get a great start on my 34 year career in the electronics, weighing and industrial controls businesses.

    Rest in peace Skip!!

    Bob Law

  • I was a kid when Skip married my oldest sister Becky. I remember traveling with them to Pennsylvania where Skip’s parents lived; to Kentucky to the Mammoth Caves … they were part of the memories of my growing up years. And of course, they gave our family Aaron, who is the truly best legacy Skip left this world.

    Skip was smart and sarcastically funny. I remember bragging to all my school friends that MY brother-in-law worked for NASA, which he did before going to Toledo Scale.

    My husband met Skip at Aaron and Laura’s house a few Thanksgivings ago and both being engineers they found a common language. That continued with emails that covered politics, weather and of course dogs.

    Skip was not a religious man – but I wish him God’s peace and rest. My sympathies to Aaron, Laura and the kids and Barbara and Ronnie and their families.

    Sarah & Jim Logue
    Ocala, Florida

  • I had the opportunity to know Skip for over 30 years and work with him off and on during that time. He was certainly one of the most memorable coworkers I have ever known. He would jump in and help anyone who needed help. He would train everyone by sharing his vast knowledge. He also kept us all entertained with his sharp wit and tongue. He will be missed by everyone that knew him.

  • I started with Toledo Scale as a Field Engineer in 1976 and met Skip about 6 months or so later while working on a nightmare of a Banbury System at a Delco Plant where they were making weather stripping for GM vehicle doors. It seemed that from day one we were on the same page about preventative maintenance on systems and a number of other general concepts regarding Toledo Scale systems.

    Skip came to verify some truck scale loadcell issues at the Toledo Melbourne Australian Operations in 1987 or so where I was the National Service Mgr. While he was there he was treated to some Aussie ‘eats’ and scenery.

    I had personally requested Skip as I knew from our many previous working encounters that he would sift through the issues and resolve them, sorting the facts from rumors. I was not disappointed!

    Although it has been many years since we last worked together, it is good to know that your life touched numerous others in such a positive way.

    Via con Dios.

  • I just learned last night of Skip’s passing. I joined the Toledo Scale Systems Engineering Installation & Startup group in 1973. There were 10 or 12 of us who spent 70-80% of our time on the road, plus Les and Dewey. I was wet behind the ears, and Skip was a grisled veteran. Usually you would be the only Startup Engineer on a job, and I only crossed paths with Skip (in the field) a couple of times, but occasionally 2 or 3 of us would be in the office at the same time, between jobs, writing trip reports, turning in expense reports, or preparing for the next trip. We shared many stories about our trials and tribulations at this or that customer’s factory. It was those common stories of uncommon experiences that bonded Skip and the rest of us. He was unique. Small of stature, but with a confidence in his skills and knowledge that made him very self assured, He could be blunt (when he needed to) but had a good sense of humor too. Skip was a good man. I’ll miss seeing him when I get together with some of our “old” cronies at Skyline Chili. My sympathy and best wishes for his family.

  • Working with Skip was a treat, and there was rarely a dull moment. It was hilarious listening to him on support calls. Skip really knew his stuff though, and was a great help when needed.

    He simply was one of a kind and will be definitely be missed. My condolences to his family.

  • Skip and I shared 29 years of love and commitment. We met and fell in love in Argentina in 1985. We married on Sep/24/1986 and shared our home in Sunbury. We both worked hard at remodeling our home and worked the yard every summer as he liked it. We shared lots of wonderful moments both at our home and enjoyed travelling the world together and our dear Dog Sebastian. We divorced, but always were in each other’s life over the years. Over the past eight years Skip and I regularly visited each other and over the past two years we made plans to remarry and spend our elderly years together. In August 2014 Skip and I visited Argentina to visit my family and attended my father’s funeral and visit my ancenstral home whare my late mother was botn. The last week in October Skip and I met his doctor (Dr. Brown) and were sadly confirmed he had cancer and Skip shared with me that he could not go through his illness alone. We expedited plans to get back together and were planning to remarry in February 2015, make a trip to visit his elderly cousin Irma in Florida, his family in Butenheim, Germany and then settle with his dog Keegan and my dog Conan and take care of his illness.
    At 5:00 pm on Tuesday, Nov/18 when Skip’s ulogy took place in Sunbury, my brother, Pastor Marcelo E. Cabral conducted a service of farewell for Skip with Skip’s Argentina family gathered around the phone – in the service, his loving cousin Irma Rossich and his Buttenheim’s German family (present in spirit) also said their goodbyes.
    My darling Skip, though we did not get along for a while, we never stopped loving each other. I feel peace of mind, that Skip left this life happy on account of the all the plans we had to get back together and to spend his last days together as husband and wife.
    Skip was a wonderful man. Skip, you were my only love and will forever be,,,I will treasure this past 29 years and I will remain devoted to our love.
    I share my condelences to the rest of the Wallenburg family. Rest in peace my Love.
    Lidia R. Wallenburg
    Ex-wife and Fiancee

  • My friend Skip, I am sad to see you go. You are with God now and you don’t suffer anymore. The many years working with you were the best. You taught me many things and are always remembered. Vera and I say prayers for you.
    Rest in Peace My Friend.
    Roger and Vera