1929 - 2012
Walla Walla resident Robert Dale Wardrip, Senior, passed away
December 12, 2012, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.
Viewing & visitation will be held on Thursday, December 20, 2012
from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home,
315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA. The Graveside Service will be held at Blue
Mountain Memorial Gardens on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 2:00 PM
immediately followed with a reception at the Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens
hospitality room. Memorial contributions may be made to
the charity of your choice through funeral home. Family
& friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at
Bob was born April 10, 1929 at the family home in
Waitsburg, Washington to Lillie and William Wardrip.
He attended schools in Waitsburg and graduated from
Waitsburg High School. On June 5, 1949, he married
Barbara June Klundt. Bob lived in Waitsburg, Washington
until 1966 when the family moved to Walla Walla. He
worked at the flour mill in Waitsburg until going to work for
Pacific Power and Light Company in 1955. He worked as an
estimator until his retirement.
Bob enjoyed his family time and was extremely
proficient at gardening and woodworking. Some of his
best times were spent as a member of Walla Walla High
Steppers square dancing club, teaching round dancing, and
socializing and traveling with his dancing buddies. He was
in the Washington State National Guard in his younger
years. He was also a long time Elks member. He volunteered
in a variety of ministries through Pioneer United Methodist
Church, mostly to be seen delivering meals and in hospital
visitations. Always concerned about health and fitness, Bob
seldom missed his daily two mile walk when he was able.
Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara and
his son Robert “Buddy” Wardrip, Junior. He is survived by
two daughters, Vicky Maiden and her husband, Michael,
Connie Maiden and her husband, Thomas, and his daughterin-
law, Wanelle Wardrip Garver and her husband, Russ.
Bob was also blessed with six grandchildren, James
Maiden, Jay Angela Maiden, Kaci Wardrip Caldwell, Natalie
Wardrip Williams, Haley Maiden and Grant Maiden. He
also has ten great-grandchildren whom he dearly loved. Bob
is also survived by his sister, Myra Bloor, as well as several
nieces and nephews.
Always the optimist, Bob’s favorite expression was “Just
make the best of it,” which he continually practiced with
his physical challenges of the past seven years. He surely
deserves to be able to run, leap and dance again as the Word
promises! He always wore a smile and had a kind greeting
for all he met.