Russell Lee Waggoner, 77, of Rosiclare passed away on February 8, 2018 at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, MO. He leaves behind a daughter, Monica (Clark) Barnes and husband Lance of Cape Girardeau, MO; and brother Floyd “Butch” Waggoner of Carterville, IL.
He is also survived by niece Kim (Waggoner) Zeller, husband, Adam and sons, Ben and Zach of Houston, TX; and nephew Lt. Col. Matthew Waggoner, wife Christy and son Logan of Washington, DC; sister-in-law Janet Nichols and husband Charlie Eaves of Farmington, MO; brother-in-law Marvin O. Hahn and wife Karen of Farmington, MO; and brother-in-law Ken Hahn and wife Connie of O’Fallon, MO.
He was born on February 15, 1940 in Rosiclare, IL to the late Abner T. and Robbie F. (Matthews) Waggoner. His wife of 34 years, Susan (Hahn) Waggoner preceded him in death by only 25 days. He was also preceded by brother, Nelson Waggoner, sister-in-law, Bobbie Waggoner and brother-in-law, Lee Roy Nichols.
A bronze star recipient, he served in the Army as a Staff Sergeant during the Vietnam War. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion. He graduated from Rosiclare High School in 1958. He was a former member of the First Christian Church of Rosiclare.
Throughout his life, he worked in various roles typically involving cars, heavy equipment and sales. He retired as purchasing agent for Delta Companies, SEMO Stone location. He was widely known for his mechanical skills and his ability to fix anything.
A graveside service was held at Elizabethtown Empire Odd Fellows Cemetery with special friend Rev. Stan Hargis officiating.
Online condolences may be made at http://www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com.