United States Army Command Sgt. Major (retired) John Wesley Waddell, 90, passed to his heavenly home on July 9, 2014, after a long illness, surrounded by his loving family.
A celebration of John’s life is 10 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at Palo Pinto United Methodist Church, officiated by Tom Beaty with burial to follow at Woodland Park Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be members of Mineral Wells Masonic Lodge No. 611.
John was born April 3, 1924, to Harry Otis Waddell and Zaidee Pearl Harris Waddell in Bay City, Mich. John served his country during World War II from the Aleutian Islands to Berlin, and retired after 22 years of service. John was a Master Mason and past master of Fidelitas Lodge 830 in Karlsruhe, Germany.
John was a loving man with a kind heart and generous nature. He enjoyed writing poetry, singing and traveling.
John is survived by his wife and the love of his life, Dianne Waddell; loving daughter, Micheline Dee Watrous and husband Ray, of Belle Mead, N.J.; her four children, Abby Watrous, of Belle Mead, N.J., David Watrous, of Schoffield Barracks, Hawaii, Gwyneth Watrous, of Ontario Canada, and Vivienne Watrous, of Portland, Maine.
John is also survived by his wife Dianne’s children, who are also John’s pride and joy, daughters, Laura Watkins and husband Mike, of Garner, Texas, and Lisa Livingston and husband Kerry, of Aledo, Texas; granddaughters, Ashlee Hopkins and husband Shawn, of Fort Hood, Texas, and Cheyanne Moon, of Mineral Wells; and great-grandson Braxton Moon, of Mineral Wells.
John is preceded in death by his parents; and son, Johnny Waddell.
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