Roy McDonald Waddell

February 12, 1934July 5, 2019

Roy Waddell, 85, surrounded by his children went peacefully to be with the Lord Friday, July 5, 2019. He was born February 12, 1934 in Hopewell, Virginia the 7th and last child to George W. and Flora Jones Waddell and grew up in Buies, North Carolina.

Roy joined the military in 1953 and faithfully served his country in the USAF for 33 ½ years. One of the favorite stories was how he “flew on his belly all the while passing gas at 40,000 feet in the air as an air re-fueler in a KC135 Stratotanker”

Roy was married in 1956 and is survived by his 3 children, Patty and Tom Quaid in Glendale, AZ, Roy and Diann Waddell in Ypsilanti, MI and JoAnn and Mike Parsons in St. Charles, MO. Roy has 6 Grandchildren and 10 Great Grandchildren.

Roy moved into Glencroft in 2009 and quickly became involved in the Glencroft community, Friday Night Social Events- Sandman was his favorite- Wii Bowling with appropriately named “Odd Balls” Team winning the championship once and always proving to be a contender! He loved “juking”, working puzzles and was a faithful volunteer for many years at Henry’s Market Place.

He LOVED Glencroft!


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, July 10, 2019


Roy McDonald Waddell

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Patty Quaid

July 18, 2019

Dad’s spiritual walk was one of the most transformational I think I’ve ever seen. He is a walking example of God’s grace and mercy in walking out our faith. He went from being totally disconnected with family - by God’s redeeming grace beginning in 1996 at a Promise Keepers Event in Detroit – his life was forever changed and we have all come together in forgiveness.
In the end dad lived his life with forgiveness, grace, character, optimism…and don’t forget the fun!
In dad’s words…”thanks for the laughs!”

Mike Shepherd

July 12, 2019

I always enjoyed seeing Roy moving along at church. He always had a big smile and firm handshake.

Patty Quaid

July 12, 2019

One of my favorite "Roy-isms"...
How are you doing Roy?
"I'm about 6 foot 1 and 186 pounds of sweet screaming steel!"

What's yours???

Debbie Einstman

July 10, 2019

I will miss Roy greatly. He was the first resident that made me feel welcome when I started working @ Glencroft 4 yrs ago as the Concierge. I saw him every day, either going to Henry's to eat or sitting at the marketplace cashier desk. We always shared "breakfast" together when he worked, 3 slices of an orange. He would let me know when he was going to the "hard labor camp". He would also sing to me "together again" when he bought stamps from me. He would sometimes kiss my hand. He was an amazing guy & Glencroft will not be the same without him.