Richard Waldie was born in Liberty Hill, Texas, on October 2, 1937, to Richard Lambert Waldie and Alma Exie Bell. He grew up in El Paso and was attending UTEP when he met a Chiropractor who inspired him to change career paths. He transferred to Logan Chiropractic College in St. Louis, Missouri.
After graduation in 1965 he spent the next 40 years helping people of all ages. He truly believed in his calling and had the rare opportunity to do something he loved. And he knew he was helping people every day. His kindness, gentleness, and unflagging sense of humor brought comfort to so many.
Richard was a man of endless curiosity and had a variety of hobbies. He loved the water but didn’t just learn to sail…he built a sailboat with his own two hands. He enjoyed any activity on water including canoeing, windsurfing, and fishing. Archery was another favorite past time, and again he didn’t just learn to shoot he built his own bows. He was a skilled woodworker and loved the challenge of making beautiful and useful items. He gave most of his works away.
He moved to San Saba, Texas, with his wife Klela in June 2005. He felt an immediate connection with the small community and was moved by how welcoming everyone was.
He continued his life long journey of faith at San Saba United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Klela, his son Mike Waldie of Fayetteville, Arkansas; his daughter Robin Doherty, her husband Johnathan, and son Finian; son Quenton Dunn and his wife Jennifer; and grandchildren Ashley, Kesley, Anna, and Seth Dunn of Wylie, Texas.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service was held Thursday, April 29, 2010, at 11:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church of San Saba with Tracey Thomas, Officiating and Rev. Robin Pearcy, Assisting.
The family requests that memorials be made to Imagine No Malaria c/o First United Methodist Church of San Saba.
Funeral Services under the direction of Howell-Doran Funeral Home.