LESTER WADDINGTON

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LESTER WADDINGTON On January 19, 2017, my sweet heart suffered a heart attack and went to heaven. Of that I am certain. Lester Waddington was born in Yakima August of 1934 to Archie and Evelyn Waddington. His sisters Carol, Shirley and Joann called him buddy. An apt title! In his youth from 1955 to 1960 he was enlisted in the air force stationed in Kansas. When I met him in January of 1979 he became my best buddy and we married as soon as possible in June of 1979. During the years that followed, he was the co-owner of a commercial printing company called Press Craft. In 1992 I went to work as an accountant for Roach Law offices which is now Roach & Bishop. I am still there because it's a great place to work. When Lester's health failed, they were quick to accommodate our changed schedule. My husband was a faithful man, father and Christian. Because of his strong faith in Jesus Christ, my faith became very important to me. He loved his son Randy who is a commander in the Coast Guard stationed on the east coast and his daughter Cari who designs kitchens in Seattle. We have lots of other family members, but in the Tri-Cities Les was closest to my sister's family. Her children, Emily and Jarrod, have been our children too. In 1999 we joined City Church where Les loved to debate and debate scriptures with Pastor Trimble among others. Until May of 2014 he played a lot of golf at Sun Willows. But then a serious illness left him weak and limited and on dialysis. However, in exchange, we were blessed with even more love and affection for each other. The amazing thing to me, is that he was never depressed by these changes. I know that The Lord sustained him in all ways. Since 2014 we have had many healthcare providers that became our good, good friends. The doctors, dialysis providers, physical therapists and nurses that cared for him were always so kind. Two weeks ago, the night Les passed away, was the night of freezing rain. The streets were impassable so I too rode in the ambulance. None of our family could be there, but God arranged for the kindest strangers to take care of us. My thoughts were overwhelmed by all of the drama going on so I kept my sister on the phone. Then the doctors gathered around my cell phone and explained to us both the gravity of his condition. He would not last through the night. The last words I heard him say were "I don't know why I need you so much. I Just do". I carry the comfort of those words. A memorial service will be held on March 11, 1 o'clock, at City Church, 4624 West 10th Avenue, Kennewick. Sandy Waddington
Published in Tri-City Herald on Feb. 5, 2017
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