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Richard Michael Waugh


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Richard Michael Waugh Obituary
Richard Michael Waugh

August 1, 1945 - March 5, 2016

Richard Michael Waugh of Phoenix, AZ, passed away peacefully at his home on March 5, 2016. He was born August 1, 1945 in Chicago, IL to Lorene E. (Blaine) and Lawrence R. Waugh. Richard was a Personal Injury Trial Lawyer in Phoenix; highly respected and consulted by many lawyers in the Valley.

Richard was the beloved husband of Diane Ashley. Dearest brother of Lawrence (Elisa) and Robert (Linda); Father of Jimmy Henneberry; Stepfather of Allen Taylor; Grandfather (Poppy) of Georgia and Mary. Cherished Uncle of Larry (Jackie), Jennifer (Dave) and Melissa (Craig) and Great Uncle of Zachary and Ethan. Numerous cousins of the Waugh clan from Rockford, IL and dear longtime friend Gary Erlinger also survive.

Richard attended Notre Dame High School in Niles, IL and St. Thomas Aquinas in Florissant, MO from which he graduated in 1963. He lettered on the football teams of both schools. Growing up in Chicago, the whole family embraced the Saturday Notre Dame football games as near religious ritual. While too small for college football at Notre Dame, he became a zealous fan and carried a devotion to the team for the rest of his life.

Richard was called away from Notre Dame by Uncle Sam and spent three years in the U.S. Army in Germany. He was a Staff Sergeant and served as a procurement officer. After the service, he returned to Notre Dame to finish his degree.

In 1971, he enrolled in Law School at the University of Missouri - Columbia. After Law School he headed west. He fell in love with the Valley of the Sun in Arizona. He loved entertaining friends and family members who came to visit regularly from the Midwest.

He truly lived his life one day at a time. He built people up and his philosophy in life was to enjoy the ride and to act on his dreams today rather than waiting to do so tomorrow. It made for quite a life. We were all the better for having known him.

He will be missed by all who knew him and loved him.

Goodbye Richard, Rick, Richie, Ricky and Rico.No services are planned. Arrangements entrusted to Messinger Indian School Mortuary, Scottsdale, AZ
GO, IRISH!
Published in The Arizona Republic from Mar. 12 to Mar. 13, 2016
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