Longtime Soldotna resident Huel L. Waddell, 83, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 at his home.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
Huel was born Nov. 26, 1930 in Robbinsville, North Carolina. He was a pastor and did services in Kelso and Longview, Washington and moved to the Southwest for a few years before moving to Alaska in 1964. He moved to Delta Junction and was a pastor. He also helped build a Southern Baptist Church there. After that, he moved to Fairbanks and was a barber and helped manage shops at Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks. He later moved to Anchorage, where he was a barber and managed shops at Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson. He moved to the Kenai Peninsula and continued as a barber at R.D.'s Barber Shop, retiring in Nov. 1994.
He was a firm Southern Baptist.
Huel loved fishing and camping, especially with friends during the Fall at Centennial Park.
"He enjoyed cooking and made the best biscuits from scratch and sawmill gravy for breakfast whenever company arrived. His favorite veggie was 'leather britches' beans, and pinto beans with cornbread and buttermilk.
"He loved his church, Bible, God and his Lord Jesus. He was loved by many and will be missed by many true, true friends," his family said.
Huel was preceded in death by his first wife, Daisy, brother, Leroy and sister, Mary Bowers.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Carrie Waddell; twin sons and their wives, Jerry and Judy Waddell and Terry and Karen Waddell; daughters, Amy Reynolds and husband, Erick, and Alice Harper; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Waddell; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; stepchildren, Cindy, Deanna and David Johnson and Cariesa Kearney; and Steve Wilson whom he considered as family.
Condolences and donations may be sent to Carrie Waddell, P.O. Box 1455, Kenai, AK 99611,
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Please visit his online guestbook at www.alaskanfuneral.com.
Peninsula Memorial Chapel
5839 Kenai Spur Hwy. Kenai, AK 99611
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Aug. 24, 2014