Kenneth Wall

Kenneth Wayne Wall

Saturday, March 23rd, 1935 - Saturday, April 18th, 2020
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Kenneth Wayne Wall, age 85, passed away peacefully at Heartland of Marietta on April 18, 2020. He was born March 23, 1935, in Charleston, WV, the son of the late Clarence and Martha (Brown) Wall.
Wayne was a graduate of Charleston High School, class of 1953. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Marietta College in 1957 and his Master of Arts in Speech Communications from the University of Redlands, CA in 1958. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and Omicron Delta Kappa fraternity. Wayne attended the University of Iowa for two years where he also taught; was the Debate Coach and taught Speech Communications at Norwich University in Northfield, VT for 6 years; and then returned to Marietta College as Debate Coach and Professor of Speech Communications. He attended Ohio University where he received his PhD in Speech Communications in 1970 and continued to teach at Marietta College, acting as Chairman of the Speech Communications and Theater Arts Department until his retirement in 1999. He acted as Interim Dean of Marietta College in 1979.
Wayne was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Marietta where he served on the Board of Trustees for several years. He established Kenwall Communication Services, Inc., a business consulting firm in the 1980's. Wayne volunteered delivering for Franciscan Meals. In his spare time, and during retirement, he enjoyed big band music, playing golf and traveling. Wayne was a loyal fan of the OSU Buckeyes.
Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, the former Anita Jerd of Northfield, VT, a son David Wayne Wall of Athens, OH, a daughter Patricia Anne Stetson of Garner, NC, a daughter Lisa Marie Williams, and husband, Michael, of Westerville, OH, a granddaughter Maria Elizabeth Stetson, five step-grandchildren, Emily, Grant, Ethan, Faith, and Lydia Williams, a step great-granddaughter, Violeta Villada, a brother-in-law Raymond Jerd, and wife, Judy, of Orangevale, CA, as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, and infant son Kenneth Richard, and son-in-law Thomas Stetson.
He is to be cremated, with a memorial service at the First Congregational United Church of Christ at a later date, to be announced. Burial will be in Putnam Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church, 318 Front Street or to the Greater Marietta Community Food Pantry, 635 St. Rt. 821, Complex 1, Bldg. 3, both in Marietta, OH 45750.
Cards and messages for the family may be directed to the funeral home, 408 Front Street, Marietta, OH 45750. Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home is honored to serve the Wall family, offering on-line condolences and many other resources by visiting

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Geri Wasmund

Posted at 06:20pm
Anita and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't get to know Mr. Wall, but I am sure he was as wonderful a person as his wife is.

Geri Wasmund

Jan & Dennis Randolph

Posted at 02:51pm
Anita and family of Wayne Wall,
Dennis and I are so sorry to hear about Wayne’s passing. I know he has not been well for a long time, but it is still hard to lose a loved one. Thinking of you Anita and wishing you the very best and know you are thought of and loved!

Jan and Dennis Randolph

Kathy Walters

Posted at 07:07pm
Anita and family: So sorry on the death of Wayne. My deepest sympathy. Kathy (Funk) Walters

Tom Brown

Posted at 09:37pm
Aniita and family, I was so very sorry to read of Wayne's passing. It seems impossible that all those debate trips were almost a half-century ago. I'll never forget the fine points he taught us about the proper use of evidence in argument, or the power of ethical appeal. I'll never forget his dryly funny stories, either. He was unique! My most sympathetic thoughts are with you.

Tonya Loreman

Posted at 08:45pm
Sending love and the hope that this simple gift pays tribute to an amazing life as well as the years of friendship and support between our families.
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