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Garner Cemetery
Wednesday October 14th, 2020

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Richard M Waite

Richard Martin Waite, 92, of Mt.Vernon, Arkansas formerly of Lisbon, Iowa passed away Friday, October 9, 2020 at Southridge Village in Heber Springs, Arkansas.

Richard was born December 20, 1927 to Edward and Elizabeth (Cooper) Waite in Toledo, Iowa. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy (January 12, 1946) and served his country during the Korean War. He retired from Western Union as an electronic technician and moved to Higden, Arkansas (Greers-Ferry) because of his love for fishing. He was married to Ruth C. (Blood) Waite until her passing. They were together from 1949-1997. He is survived by his second wife, Bonnie (Jones) Waite; sister-in-law, Mary Waite (Robert); three children, Gloria Hutto (Henry) of Theodore, Alabama, Gregory Waite of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Marcia Crow (Sonny) of Marion, Iowa; three step children, James C. Jones (Kellie) of Mt. Vernon, Arkansas, Julie Nichols (Tim) and Kathy Cole (Larry): four grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, five step grandchildren, and five step great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth C. Waite; one son, Michael R. Waite; one granddaughter, Laminda Waite Bass; three brothers, Edward E. Waite, William Warren Waite, and Robert E. Waite; two sisters, Donna Plotz and Carolyn Rosenburg; two sisters-in-law, Veronica Waite and Rosie Waite; and two brothers-in-law, Jerry Plotz, and Dennis Rosenburg.  


A Memorial Graveside service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, October 14th at McLaney Cemetery in Higden, Arkansas.

All Cremation services have been entrusted to Searcy McEuen Funeral Home.  


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Tracy Hancock Nov 7 2020 12:00 AM

So many memories of visits with Uncle Dick at our home in Toledo. May God grant him eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon him. Keeping you all in prayer.

JoAnn Waite Beck Oct 12 2020 12:00 AM

I have so many memories of my childhood, visiting Uncle Richard and family in Lisbon and Lincoln, NE. Then, after he married Bonnie, many more memories of their visits to Iowa. I know my mom loved fishing with her brother after they were retired. Such a huge part of my life, with really nice memories. Love to Gloria, Greg, Marcia, Bonnie and all of your families. Hoping Richard, my mom and dad are maybe fishing again.

Cheryl Plotz Oct 12 2020 12:00 AM

I'm really grateful for all the time we got to spend with you as kids. Camping, fishing and even going to church. Many fun times and lessons that will never be forgotten. Until we meet again someday love you always and forever Grandpa! Elissa Watson

Elissa M Watson Oct 12 2020 12:00 AM

Will miss my fishing buddy

Jerry and Janice Burlison Oct 10 2020 12:00 AM

Love you Dad Sorry we cant be there because of this nasty covid . We have thousands of memories in our hearts to many to mention.

marcia crow Oct 9 2020 12:00 AM

I know youre dancing with Jesus now.

Most of my childhood was spent at your house. We spent endless hours fishing, riding bikes, and camping. You were the best grandpa, always attending all our sporting events, concerts, surgeries, etc. Though life changes seasons & takes us in new directions. You moved to Arkansas when I was in middle school and we became not as close, as life gets busy & takes its course. However, every time I saw you, or talked to you over the phone, you would remind me of the alligator log. There was a log we used to fish by that resembled an alligator, so I called it the alligator when I was little. The last time I visited you didnt know who I was anymore - it was heartbreaking. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I wouldnt be able to attend your services due to COVID - such an incredibly strange feeling. Normally when we got the call a few days ago that you werent doing well we wouldve quickly packed up all our things to visit one last time and say our goodbyes but COVID seems to ruin everything. So thankful we took Bailey to meet you when she was 3 months old; it was amazing to see how much joy she brought you. I wish I wouldve had the chance for to introduce you to my new identical twin girls - you wouldve loved them.

Until we meet again at the alligator log. RIP Grandpa. I love you!

Kerry Fisher Oct 9 2020 12:00 AM