Clyde Nelson Waddell, 79, of rural Sandoval passed away Saturday afternoon, March 13, 2021 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. He was born January 6, 1942 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, son of Madeline and Byrum “Red” Waddell.
Clyde graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1960. He married Barbara Cross of Dahlgren in Benton on July 1, 1961 and they had four children; they later divorced in 1977. He married Jane Gerrish of Patoka December 27, 1980 at St. Lawrence Church in Sandoval.
He worked for the Illinois Department of Mental Health for 37 years, at Chicago Reed Hospital from 1961 until transferring to Murray Center in 1973 and retiring from there in March 1998. Following state retirement he worked for 10 years at Monsanto, south of Centralia.
Clyde is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jane Waddell, two sons, Gary (Julie) Waddell of Hoffman, and Jerry (Stacey) Waddell of Ina, and two daughters Marjorie Brown of Salem and Nellie (Stephen Saville) Waddell of Seattle; grandchildren, Emily, Amy, Maria, Kristina, Cassandre, Stacie, Stephenie, Donald, Andrew, Rickell, Gregory, Amber, Mallory, Bryce, Layla, Dakota, Jerry, Jr., Jonathon, Wendi, Riley, and Samuel; great-grandchildren, Austin, Nikia, Brett, Elizabeth, Zachary, James, Blake, Allison, Jaxson, Grady, Bennett, Dustin, Alex, Nickolas, Isabella, Aidin, Noah, and Journey; nephew, Donald Dees III of Clarksville, TN; nieces, April Morales of Benton, and Joee Waddell of Jacksonville, FL; and sister-in-law Sheryl Waddell of Mt. Vernon.
Clyde was preceded in death by his daughters, Laura Jane Waddell and Beverly Riechman; granddaughter Makenzie Waddell; brother, Jerry Waddell; sister, Gailene Dees and brother-in-law Donald Dees, grandson-in-law, Jonathan Long, and niece, Stacie Waddell.
Clyde was an avid reader. He enjoyed his garden, his orchard, tinkering with motors and mechanics, and traveling with the camper, especially going out West, with Idaho his favorite stopping place while on his way to visit his daughter and her family in Seattle. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association. Some highlights of his life were completing the St. Louis Marathon in 1984 and taking flying lessons and making his Solo flight in the late 1980s.
Day Macz Funeral Home in Sandoval is privileged to be assisting the family of Clyde Waddell with arrangements. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 20, 2021 with Rev. Fr. Steven Pautler officiating at Harrison Cemetery, where those in attendance are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Memorials may be made in Clyde’s honor to Shriners Hospital and Harrison Cemetery and will be accepted for the family at the funeral home. Online condolences and memories of Clyde may be shared with the family by visiting www.maczfuneralhomes.com and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.
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