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Robert Eugene Waddle

Ashtabula, Ohio

February 11, 1934 - May 24, 2024

Robert Eugene Waddle Obituary

Robert E. Waddle, our beloved “Square Shooter,” passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family on Friday, May 24, at The Villa at the Lake. He was born on February 11, 1934, in Clymer, NY. He grew up in Conneaut, OH and attended Rowe High School, graduating in 1952. His many stories included highlights of his high school basketball and track experiences. He proudly served in the US Army Security Agency in Okinawa at the end of the Korean War. Upon his return, he married the love of his life, Dolly J. Kennedy. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage, plus the seven years prior, having been inseparable after meeting at Conneaut’s Teen Town dances. Bob attended Tri-State College in Angola, Indiana, to study Electrical Engineering, and then enjoyed a long career with the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company. After climbing many poles across Northeastern Ohio, he became supervisor of the Trouble Dispatch office in the Eastern District. He knew every substation, high line, pole, and road name across the district, and would point out the CEI infrastructure and locations of his various storm experiences on Sunday drives with his family.


Bob was the ultimate devoted husband and father, attending every possible basketball, volleyball, or baseball game, wrestling or golf match, track meet, band concert, competition, recital, or graduation for his children and grandchildren. Bob and Dolly’s loving support and personally created birthday cards inspired the description, “Hallmark Grandparents” by one of their grandchildren.


Even though Bob’s nature was very reserved, he was deeply involved in his community. He was a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Ashtabula and eventually served as president. During those years he put up Christmas decorations along Main Avenue, helped organize the Soap Box Derby, and was instrumental in bringing Big Brothers to the area. He was president of the Buckeye Music Boosters, spent weeks at the Edgewood Senior High School band camps, and also supported the band by seeking out suitable farmhouses for the Buckeye Boo fundraiser. He wired the houses, used his construction skills to make them safe, and then camped many nights to secure the area. His interest in his children’s schools eventually led to his tenure as president of the Buckeye School Board.


After retirement, Bob’s leadership continued as he helped organize the Reddy Campers, a group of CEI retirees who enjoyed RV travel. He and Dolly traveled far and wide to sightsee and visit family. They spent many winters in Haines City, FL, where Bob enjoyed his pontoon boat and dock. He helped to establish the Lake Region Boat Club and organized pontoon boat trips through the central Florida Chain of Lakes.


Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Dolly, his mother, Samantha Waddle, his step-father, Wilson E. Waddle, and his brother, Charles H. Waddle. He is survived by his sister, Jacqueline Waddle of Kissimmee, FL, his children, Debbie (Rick) Loomer of Charlotte, NC, Bob (Joan) Waddle of Bowling Green, OH, and Lisa (Craig) Bean of Waterford, PA. His grandchildren include Kasey (Todd) Harrison, Robert E. Waddle II, Diana Loomer, Chelsea (Anthony) Kapasakis, John Waddle, and Lindsay (Mike) Hall. His great-grandchildren include Cole, Crew and Maisie Kapasakis, Casen Hall, and two more on the way.


Bob’s final years were spent without Dolly at The Villa at the Lake. He was especially thankful for his friendships with residents John Snyder, Paul Mangold, Glenn Smith, and Mort Cameron. His family will forever be grateful for the quality of life and loving care he experienced with the entire Villa staff, and Hospice of the Western Reserve. The family requests that any remembrances be in support of The Villa at the Lake and Hospice of the Western Reserve.


Per Bob’s request, the family held a private celebration of life service for both Bob and Dolly on Sunday, May 26.


Thanks for everything, Dad! We love you, we are proud to be your family, and we hope Mom was waiting with a DQ cheeseburg and Turtle Pecan Cluster Blizzard!

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Robert Eugene Waddle hosted by ducroservices@ducro.com.

Robert E. Waddle, our beloved “Square Shooter,” passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family on Friday, May 24, at The Villa at the Lake. He was born on February 11, 1934, in Clymer, NY. He grew up in Conneaut, OH and attended Rowe High School, graduating in 1952. His many stories included highlights of his high school basketball and track experiences. He proudly served in the US Army Security Agency in Okinawa at the end of the Korean War. Upon his return, he married the love of his life, Dolly J. Kennedy. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage, plus the seven years prior, having been inseparable after meeting at Conneaut’s Teen Town dances. Bob attended Tri-State College in Angola, Indiana, to study Electrical Engineering, and then enjoyed a long career with the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company. After climbing many poles across Northeastern Ohio, he became supervisor of the Trouble Dispatch office in the Eastern District. He knew every substation, high line, pole, and road name across the district, and would point out the CEI infrastructure and locations of his various storm experiences on Sunday drives with his family.


Bob was the ultimate devoted husband and father, attending every possible basketball, volleyball, or baseball game, wrestling or golf match, track meet, band concert, competition, recital, or graduation for his children and grandchildren. Bob and Dolly’s loving support and personally created birthday cards inspired the description, “Hallmark Grandparents” by one of their grandchildren.


Even though Bob’s nature was very reserved, he was deeply involved in his community. He was a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Ashtabula and eventually served as president. During those years he put up Christmas decorations along Main Avenue, helped organize the Soap Box Derby, and was instrumental in bringing Big Brothers to the area. He was president of the Buckeye Music Boosters, spent weeks at the Edgewood Senior High School band camps, and also supported the band by seeking out suitable farmhouses for the Buckeye Boo fundraiser. He wired the houses, used his construction skills to make them safe, and then camped many nights to secure the area. His interest in his children’s schools eventually led to his tenure as president of the Buckeye School Board.


After retirement, Bob’s leadership continued as he helped organize the Reddy Campers, a group of CEI retirees who enjoyed RV travel. He and Dolly traveled far and wide to sightsee and visit family. They spent many winters in Haines City, FL, where Bob enjoyed his pontoon boat and dock. He helped to establish the Lake Region Boat Club and organized pontoon boat trips through the central Florida Chain of Lakes.


Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Dolly, his mother, Samantha Waddle, his step-father, Wilson E. Waddle, and his brother, Charles H. Waddle. He is survived by his sister, Jacqueline Waddle of Kissimmee, FL, his children, Debbie (Rick) Loomer of Charlotte, NC, Bob (Joan) Waddle of Bowling Green, OH, and Lisa (Craig) Bean of Waterford, PA. His grandchildren include Kasey (Todd) Harrison, Robert E. Waddle II, Diana Loomer, Chelsea (Anthony) Kapasakis, John Waddle, and Lindsay (Mike) Hall. His great-grandchildren include Cole, Crew and Maisie Kapasakis, Casen Hall, and two more on the way.


Bob’s final years were spent without Dolly at The Villa at the Lake. He was especially thankful for his friendships with residents John Snyder, Paul Mangold, Glenn Smith, and Mort Cameron. His family will forever be grateful for the quality of life and loving care he experienced with the entire Villa staff, and Hospice of the Western Reserve. The family requests that any remembrances be in support of The Villa at the Lake and Hospice of the Western Reserve.


Per Bob’s request, the family held a private celebration of life service for both Bob and Dolly on Sunday, May 26.


Thanks for everything, Dad! We love you, we are proud to be your family, and we hope Mom was waiting with a DQ cheeseburg and Turtle Pecan Cluster Blizzard!

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Robert Eugene Waddle hosted by ducroservices@ducro.com.

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