Funeral services for Homer “Dick” R. Waite of Albert Lea, MN, will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. Pastor John Holt will officiate. Visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 4 until 7 at the Bonnerup Funeral Service and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery; Albert Lea. Military honors will be accorded by the Albert Lea Area Veterans Groups.
Dick passed away on Friday, April 13, 2018 at the Thorne Crest Retirement Center in Albert Lea. He was 95 years of age.
Dick was born September 29, 1922 in Emporia, Kansas, the son of Richard and Gladys (Greenlee) Waite. He graduated from high school in Emporia, KS, and served his country in the US Army. On November 14, 1943 he was united in marriage to Dolores Johnson in San Diego, CA.
While in San Diego he worked for the Hugh’s Aircraft before moving to Albert Lea in 1946. He was then employed by the Motor Inn Company for over 40 years having worked up to Service Manager. Dick was an active member of the First Lutheran Church where he had served as an usher for 62 years. He was a member of the YMCA and served as President of the board and was active in Camp Moraine and was a Cub Scout Leader. Dick loved to play golf, always won at bridge, liked to travel and was always repairing and painting his cars. He had a great sense of humor and loved being social with family and friends.
Dick is survived by his children Patricia (Jerry) Nelson of Raleigh, NC, Richard (Jackie) Waite of Rosemount, MN, and Jeanne (Dave) Allard of Albert Lea, MN. Grandchildren include Christina (Brad) Williams, Chad (Shannon) Waite, Jill Waite, Bryce Allard, Nikki Allard, great grandchildren Brooke Williams, Ryan Williams, Jack, Logan and Kyler Waite, Oliva Dalton, Nora Waite, Annamarie Allard, Holden and Hayden Allard and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are two sisters in law Nadine Johnson of Austin, MN and Eleanor Waite of Redondo Beach, CA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Dolores and two brothers, Donald and Erwin Waite.