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Richard W. Waters

August 29, 1926 - September 15, 2007

SPRINGFIELD – Richard D. Waters, 81, of Springfield died at 6:40 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, at his home.

He was born Aug. 29, 1926, in Springfield, the son of Robert and Ruby Rockwell Waters. He married Alice Russell on Jan. 11, 1946; she preceded him in death on Oct. 19, 1998. His parents; two sisters, Elinor and Janice Funsch; and two brothers, Bob and Louie Waters, also preceded him in death.

Mr. Waters was an office manager, last working for Horace Mann Educators Corp., from where he retired. He previously worked for Springfield Electric Co. and Sangamo Electric Co. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving during World War II. He enjoyed pinochle, working crosswords and, in his younger years, playing golf. He was the faithful and primary caregiver for his wife for eight years preceding her death.

Surviving are his daughter, Susan J. Hoskins of Springfield; two sons, Richard C. (wife, Wrenda) Waters of Springfield and Thomas R. Waters of Bethesda, Md.; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, at Staab Funeral Home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, at Staab Funeral Home. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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