Herbert "Herb" W. Waits Jr. of LaPine, Ore., passed away on July 22, 2014. He was 91 years old. Known for his quick wit, big heart and sense of humor, he was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Herb was born on Sept. 15, 1922, in Klamath Falls, Ore., as a third generation Waits, to Herbert and Francis (Eaton) Waits. He graduated from Henley High School in 1941. In 1942, he joined the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters and worked as a steamfitter in Redding, Calif., until going into training for the U.S. Army Combat Engineers battalion, the Army's construction counterpart of the Navy's Seabees. He was dispatched to Reims, France, the Philippines and Osaka, Japan, during World War II. He stayed in the Army Reserve after the war and was called to active duty and sent to Port Townsend, Wash., to repair military vessels during the Korean War. When he was honorably discharged, he was wearing the five stripes of a technical sergeant. Herb succeeded his father as business manager of Local 191 in 1952. He was on the Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council and was president of the Central Labor Council. He was also president of the Oregon State Pipe Trades Association. He retired in 1986 and moved to LaPine. In 2006, he was inducted into Oregon Labor Hall of Fame. Herb was a member of the LaPine Moose Lodge and the LaPine American Legion, a life member of the Klamath Falls Elks Lodge, and an associate member of the Bend Elks Lodge. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, gardening and fixing things. He had two half-sisters and two brothers who preceded him in death. Survivors include his sons, Ron (Michelle) Waits, Bill (Mary) Waits, and Bob (Karol) Waits; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, and five nieces. Graveside services will be on Tuesday, July 29, at 2 p.m. at Klamath Memorial Park in Klamath Falls. A celebration of life memorial will be at a later date in the LaPine Moose Lodge. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Moose Charities c/o LaPine Lodge No. 2093, P.O. Box 776, LaPine, OR 97739, in honor of Herb Waits.
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Published in Herald And News on July 27, 2014