William Frederick Waber Jr., PhD.
May 25, 1925 ‒ January 28, 2013
William Frederick Waber, Jr., Ph.D., passed away Monday evening, January 28, 2013, at the Kobacker House in Columbus. He was 87 years old and had lived in Delaware County for 50 years.
He was born May 25, 1925, in Loudonville, Ohio, to William Frederick Waber, Sr., and Oda Shearer Waber.
He served his country for three years during World War II as a member of the United States Navy; he served in the Pacific Theater. Most of his time during the war was spent as a medic on the island of Peleliu. After the war, he attended Ashland University where he earned a B.S. degree in biology; he then attended Kenyon College and earned an A.B. degree in philosophy. He furthered his studies by earning his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from John Hopkins University.
On July 5, 1951, he married the love of his life, Eunice Hill Waber. From 1958-1962, he taught philosophy at the State University of New York, Binghampton. From 1963–1997, he was a professor of philosophy at Ohio Wesleyan University. He also worked for ten years with incarcerated people in three Ohio correctional institutions. His instruction and encouragement helped a number of prisoners to get college degrees and change their lives once they had served their sentences. He was a founding member of the Delaware Range and Field Association, and he also was a member of the American Philosophical Association, the Scioto River Valley Federation, and the National Rifle Association. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He was an avid gardener, he enjoyed target shooting and outdoor activities, and he loved to read history, political science, and philosophy.
Left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 62 years, Eunice; and his daughters, Loyann (Jon) Brush of Delaware, Elise (Scott) Waber-Hays of Winthrop, Maine, and Renee Caserta of Nevada, Ohio. He had eight grandchildren: Andrew, Emily, and Sarah Brush; Alexander, Amanda, and William Hays; and Rebecca and Joseph Caserta. He is also survived by the children of his beloved brother: Joan Mumper Bryson and Joseph Mumper. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Paul Mumper.
The family will receive friends and family on Friday, February 1st, from 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William Street at Valleyside Drive, Delaware. Funeral services will be held at Snyder-Rodman on Saturday, February 2nd at 10:00 a.m., with the Reverends Matthew Wilson and Morgan Phillips officiating. The family will host a reception following the funeral in the Snyder-Rodman Community Room. Graveside services will then be held at 3:00 p.m. at the Loudonville Cemetery.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the National Rifle Association.
The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve this veteran and his family. Condolences may be expressed and memories may be shared by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com