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Bob (Robert Nelson) Waggener

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Bob (Robert Nelson) Waggener Obituary
Waggener, Bob (Robert Nelson) Was born in Martin, TN, April 19, 1931, the third of three children of Lewis Arthur and Lydia Ethel Waggener. Soon after his birth the family moved to Springfield, IL. After his father died in 1938, his mother married William T. Bandy Sr., a farmer and dairyman living near Edinburg, IL. So at age seven, Bob joined a stepfamily of nine boys and three girls. He joined the Army two days after his 17th birthday, before finishing his third year of high school. While serving with the Army, Bob completed high school, was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Commerce by the University of Maryland and a Master of Science in Administration by The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. After nine years of service in the enlisted ranks, he attended Infantry Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant, of Armor. He graduated from the Basic Armor Officers Course at Fort Knox, KY; the Adjutant General Advanced Course at Fort B, Harrison, IN; the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair, Washington, DC. During his more than 39 year Army career, Bob served at various posts in the United States including two tours of duty at The Pentagon and others at Okinawa, Germany and Vietnam. He retired June 30, 1987 as a Colonel. Bob was a member of Sam R. Hamilton, AF&AM, the Dallas Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and Hella Shriners, A.A.O.N.M.S. Bob and Joyce met while he was stationed at Camp (Fort) Hood, Texas and were married September 30, 1950. They had three children, Georgia, Timothy and Selia. They made their home in Grand Prairie, Texas. Bob is preceded in death by his wife Joyce and his parents. He is survived by his daughter Georgia Allen and husband Harvey, son Timothy Waggener and wife Ande, daughter Selia Williams and husband Jason, grandchildren Sasha, Emma and Jacob, great-granddaughter Isabella and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation will be held December 30, 2012 from 3-5pm at Bean Massey Burge on Dalworth. Services will be held December 31, 2012 at 11am at Bean Massey Burge on Dalworth. In Lieu of flowers please make a donation in Bob Waggeners name to the American Cancer Association or the .

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Published in Dallas Morning News from Dec. 28 to Dec. 30, 2012
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