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.