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Rube Richard Wakley

02/27/1938 - 01/08/2022

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Obituary For Rube Richard Wakley

Rube Richard "Dick" Wakley, 83, of Sedalia, MO, passed away Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Silvia G. Thompson Residence Center in Sedalia. He was born on February 27, 1938 in Eufaula, OK, a son of Henry Wakley and Julia (Brady) Wakley, who preceded him in death.

On March 25, 1961 he was married to Nancy Thompson who survives of the home. They were married for 62 years.

He served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force in radar control from 1961 to 1965, serving a year at Cape Lisburn AFB in Alaska. Upon leaving the Air Force he completed his bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University, graduating in 1967. He went to work for Farmer’s Insurance Group as an insurance adjuster in 1967, working in Independence, MO for three years and was transferred to Sedalia, in 1970 where he worked for 32 years retiring in January, 2000.

He was a past member of the Noonday Optimists Club and the State Fair Statesmen’s Barbershop Chorus. He was active in the Booster Club at State Fair Community College. He loved attending the basketball games at SFCC and was always willing to help wherever possible. He was an avid Chiefs fan, and sportsman enjoying hunting and fishing, Nascar racing, and reading books. He enjoyed doing things with his family and coached softball for his daughters in little league for many years. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church where he served on the Finance Committee. Dick and Nancy volunteered many times at the Food Pantry putting together orders for families in the community. They also volunteered for many years delivering for Meals on Wheels for their church, as well as ushering and hosting the hospitality table.

Surviving are three daughters, Amy Hathaway of Springfield, MO, Christa Northcutt and her companion, Matt Tordoff of Omaha, NE, Melinda "Mindy" Bridge and her husband, Bob of Sedalia; six grandchildren, Brooks Hathaway, Lindsey Masterson, Jordan Northcutt, Brody Tordoff, Jeffrey Wheeler, and Amber Tack; nine great -grandchildren; and one sister, Louise Osborne of Sapulpa, OK.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Robert and Charles Wakley; and two sisters, Naomi Tyler and Alma Boyer.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, January 28, 2022 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Sedalia with Pastor Dennis Harper officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be mailed in Rube’s honor to, Wesley United Methodist Church, 1322 W Broadway, Sedalia, MO 65301 or Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care, 14310 E. 42nd St. So, Independence, MO 64055.

A military graveside service will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 28, 2022 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, MO with full military honors conducted by Whiteman Air Force Base honors team and Sedalia VFW Post #2591.

Services

28

Jan

Visitation

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Wesley United Methodist Church
1322 W. Broadway
Sedalia, MO 65301

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28

Jan

Memorial Service

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Wesley United Methodist Church
1322 W. Broadway
Sedalia, MO 65301

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28

Jan

Burial / Interment

02:00 PM

Missouri Veterans Cemetery

Higginsville, MO

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  • 01/11/2022

    Nancy, It was so good to talk to you, but so sorry to hear the sad news, my friend. My Love and Prayers go out to you and your family,and may God wrap you in his loving arms and keep you at Peace at this time. One thing we know for sue, the Heavens will shine brighter now with Rube's star tonight! Love you my Dear Friend from Long Ago.❤️ Earline & Jim

  • 01/10/2022

    Nancy, we are going to miss Dick so much. Just think: 47 years of memories we share. You and Dick have been such good friends and we cherish those many memories and look forward to more. May God keep his loving arms around you and the girls today and throughout the coming days. Dick was a blessing to everyone who knew him. God bless you. ❤️

  • 01/10/2022

    Posted some photos from the fishing trip in Sept 2007. Was a great time. Dennis & Gayle

  • 01/10/2022

    Nancy and family, I'm so wish I could be there to give you hugs and prayers. I pray that your memories will lift you up and that you will find peace and comfort in them. My deepest sympathy. Pam Lindstrom

  • 01/10/2022

    I had so many good times playing cards with you Rube you're going to be greatly missed my good friend.

  • 01/10/2022

    So very sorry Nancy. Always had fun working with Dick at SFCC

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