William Milner Waddell 88, of Frankfort, IN, died at 9:08 a.m. Saturday, May 01, 2010 at Wesley Manor Retirement Community, following a prolonged illness. Born April 13, 1922 in Warren Township in Clinton County, IN to the late W. Waldo & Mary L. (Milner) Waddell. He married Jane Young on October 22, 1947 in Muncie, IN and she preceded him in death on January 11, 1998. Mr. Waddell attended Beard Elementary, Rossville High School and was a 1940 graduate of Frankfort High School. He was a 1947 Ball State Graduate and received his M.S. from Butler in 1951. He also attended classes at Western Michigan, Columbia, Michigan State, Western Illinois, Indiana University, Purdue University, George Washington University of St. Louis and University of Singapore. A lifelong Clinton County resident, he taught High School Social Studies at the Community Schools of Frankfort for 40 years, retiring in 1987. A veteran of WWII serving in the Navy, he attained the rank of Lt. Commander and was Commanding Officer of the USS LC (FF) 656, serving from 1943-1946 in the Pacific Theater. He also retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve. His memberships include, First Evangelical Presbyterian Church where he was lifetime member and past deacon, the American Legion, lifetime member of N E A, member Indiana Classroom Teachers, and Frankfort Classroom Teachers where he was president 2 years. He was past member of the Elks, Moose, Frankfort Country Club and served as City Councilman for 36 years.
Visitation and Services
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, May 6, 2010 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. Tom Jameson will officiate. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 5th from 3-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 352 W. Clinton St., Frankfort. Envelopes will be available.
2 Daughters: Kristen Gordon of Plymouth, IN and Karen Paxson of Greenwood, IN
1 Son: William Y. ‘Chip’ (Letty) Waddell of Concord, NC
1 Sister: Virginia Isley of Crown Point, IN
9 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane, brother, Howard and sister, Pat McCreary.