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John Henry Waters
1918 ~ 2012
Dr. John H. Waters, a soft-spoken and modest war hero who practiced medicine in Evanston, WY. for three decades, died Sunday, May 27, 2012 in Casper at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Jerry Cornia. He was 93.
John Henry Waters was born August 31, 1918 in Bisbee, Arizona to Herbert and Elizabeth McBride Waters. He was a graduate of Bisbee High School, University of Arizona and Tulane University medical school. He married Mary Louise Varney of Evanston, WY. July 25, 1943,
After finishing his internship at Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City, he became a combat surgeon with the 78th Infantry Division, serving in the Hurtgen Forest and crossing the Rhine at Remagen, Germany in March of 1945. He was twice awarded the Bronze Star for risking his life to reach and treat wounded fellow soldiers.
In 1946 he moved to Evanston, practicing first with Dr. Josiah Holland, then on his own. Later, he was a founding partner in the Evanston Medical Group. His six children all were graduates of Evanston High School. Dr. Waters, who practiced in the era of house calls, delivered well over 3,000 babies in Evanston and surrounding areas. He often drove far into rural areas and around town at all hours of the day and night to care for patients. In retirement, he spent time at his home in Salt Lake City, his cabin on Bear Lake and a winter place in Mesa, Arizona.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise. He is survived by his children, William Waters and wife, Julie, of Chimayo, New Mexico; Barbara Waters Cornia and husband Jerry Cornia of Casper; John Waters and wife, Vivien, of Long Beach, California; Michael Waters and wife, Chris, of Salt Lake City; Bruce Waters and wife, Tina, of Cody, Wyoming, and Mark Waters of Chandler, Arizona. He had 23 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2, after a 10 a.m. viewing, at the L.D.S. chapel at 4176 Adonis in Salt Lake City. Burial is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Evanston cemetery.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune on June 1, 2012
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