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ROY H. WADDELL 8/21/23 - 8/24/13 Devoted husband, loving father, and much loved grandfather. Age 90, passed away peacefully on August 24, 2013 at his home surrounded by family and loved ones. We are sad Dad has left us, but rejoice knowing he is reunited with our mother, his wife, Norma Jean, for all of eternity. The special bond they had will never be broken. Two hearts beating as one, there is no greater love. Roy was born in Riverside, California on August 21, 1923 to Marion Edward and Mattie Bird Waddell. He grew up in Riverside where he met the love of his life, and his life partner Norma Jean. They were married for 67 years, making their home in Riverside where together through their love and commitment they had for each other raised four loving children, Ken, Craige, Wayne and Pam. Roy was a loving husband, and father, devoted to his family. He worked hard his entire life loving and supporting his family. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, but especially to his family whom he loved so much. He instilled the principals of hard work, commitment, kindness, and love to all of his children. He was the best father and role model any child could have and we were blessed to have such a special man in our lives. He loved being surrounded by both family and friends, especially his life long friends Jack and Lois Williams. Roy will be missed by many and will be remembered for his love of life and family and most of all his generous and loving heart. Roy was very proud of his military service to his country enlisting in the United States Army Feb. 23, 1943 to January 23, 1946. He fought in World War II in Company H 309th Infantry Regiment 78th Lightening Division, He was awarded the following medals: American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged at the rank of staff sergeant. A special thank you to his devoted caregivers, his son, Wayne Waddell, daughter-in-law Gloria Waddell, and granddaughter Tracie Wilcznski for their kindness and love. Also the family wishes to thank Dad's caretaker Julia Washington with much love and gratitude. Her kindness and love she gave our Dad was so special. They developed a bond that couldn't be broken. His life was enriched having her in his life, Roy was preceded in death by his mother and father Marion Edward and Mattie Bird Waddell; his sister Audrey Doss; his brothers Cecil, Nick, Lee, Coy, Comet, Harry, Hugh, James, Paul, and Bobby Waddell, as well as his grandson Kenneth Waddell Jr. Roy is survived by his three sons, Kenneth Waddell, Craige (Lydia) Waddell; Wayne Waddell (Gloria); daughter Pam Waddell; daughter-in-law Susan Waddell; seven grandchildren, Tracie, Kendra, Tim, Chris, Sarah, Adam and Andrew. He is also survived by his 11 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many dear friends. The Celebration of Roy's Life will be at 10:00am on Sept. 3, 2013 at the Acheson and Graham Mortuary, 7944 Magnolia Ave., in Riverside, California. Interment will follow service at Crestlawn Memorial Park and Mortuary in Riverside. Arrangements are entrusted to Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary (951) 688-1221. Please visit www.achesonandgraham.com to leave condolences.

Published in Press-Enterprise from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, 2013
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