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Charles "Wayne" Waddell

October 1, 1927 — February 13, 2014

Charles "Wayne" Waddell passed away February 13, 2014 at Hillcrest Nursing Home. He was 86 years old.

Wayne was born on October 1, 1927, at Indianola to parents, Charlie and Jessie Waddell. He attended school north of Indianola and graduated from Red Willow Public Schools. Following graduation he went on to the University of Nebraska and was on the basketball team as a freshman before transferring to McCook Junior College. While attending McCook Junior College, Wayne lettered in football, basketball and track.

He married Phyllis J. Morris on September 17, 1950 in McCook. To this union three children were born.

Wayne entered the US Army on October 31, 1950 and served with the 40th Infantry Division on the active central front in the Korean war. He was a first Sergeant in Company H of the 224th Regiment and was honorably discharged on August 4, 1952.

After he returned from the service, he and Phyllis farmed north of Indianola for 30+ years. In 1981 they moved to Indianola until 2010 when Wayne moved into Willow Ridge, then St. John's Good Samaritan Center in Kearney and finally Hillcrest Nursing Home.

He was a member of the Methodist Church in the communities of Indianola and McCook. He was a Master Mason in Lodge No. 228 in Bartley. He served on the Indianola City Council and one term as Mayor of Indianola. Wayne also served on the school boards of Indianola and Republican Valley School districts and the board of the Indianola Coop.

Music was an important part of his life, he sang at many Church functions throughout the years.

He enjoyed farming, playing cards, gardening, and sports, especially the Huskers.

While he lived in Indianola he planted a very large garden which supplied many people with tomatoes and other vegetables. For his service to the community he was nominated and received "The People You Can Count On Award" through KOLN/KGIN News. In later years, he enjoyed his big screen TV and just visiting with people.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and brother, Dale Waddell.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Waddell of Cambridge; daughters, Debra Waddell of Republican City, NE and Vicki and husband, Eugene McKain, of Trenton; son, John Waddell and wife, Peggy, of McCook; brother, Don Waddell and wife, Joan of Westminster, CO; sister-in-law, Dee Waddell of Southern Pines, NC; grandchildren, Lisa McCormick and husband Craig, Ashley Allison all of Hays, KS, Barry Allison Jr. and George Allison both of McCook, Chris Sandmann of McCook; great grandchildren, Lilianna Griffith, Brianna Griffith, Skyler McCormick, Ryder McCormick, Rayne Allison and Rosemary Allison.

Memorials to the Indianola City Park or the Indianola Methodist Church


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