Funeral services for Kenneth Eugene “Gene” Waddle of Monroe, were held on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the Bybee & Davis Funeral Home with Pastor Jeff Flagg officiating. Burial followed in the Silent City Cemetery, Monroe. Musical selections of “You Raise Me Up”, “Go Rest High on that Mountain“ and “I Will Rise” were shared. Casket bearers included; Bradley Waddle, Bill Donavan, Jeremy Peterson, Derek Just, Alison Donavan and Dan Just. Honorary casket bearers were, Jen Waddle, Bethany Just, Tiffany Just, Lane Waddle, Tyler Peterson, Collin Peterson and Tori Peterson.
Kenneth Eugene Waddle was born on April 30, 1935, in Monroe, the son of Ralph Waddle and Margery (Webster) Waddle.
Ken grew up in Monroe, graduating with the Monroe High School Class of 1953. He was united in marriage to Marlene Cobler on March 31, 1956 in Unionville, Mo., the two were later divorced.
Gene was a farmer and remained on his farm until 2008 when his health forced him to move into Pleasant Care Living Center and then on to Westridge Nursing and Rehab Center. He enjoyed attending Rick Van Donsler’s auctions where he could buy a truck load for $5 and often start reselling before he even left the auction. He also enjoyed coffee time with his friends. Ken was strong willed and a hard worker who loved to tinker and repair anything.
Kenneth passed away on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, at the Knoxville Hospital at the age of 75 years, 3 months and 23 days.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his children, Gary (Marla) Waddle of Pella, Caren Just of Knoxville; six grandchildren, Jeremy Peterson, Derek, Bethany and Tiffany Just, Alison (Bill) Donovan, Bradley (Jen) Waddle; four great-grandchildren, Tyler Peterson, Collin Peterson, Tori Peterson, Lane Waddle and one on the way; siblings, Norman Waddle and Donnie Waddle of Monroe, Freida Waddle of Newton.
For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Iowa or to Monroe Fire & Rescue. Online condolences may be left at bertrandfuneralhomes.com.