Dean R. Waddington

February 17, 1955June 1, 2024
Obituary of Dean R. Waddington
On Saturday, June 1, 2024, our beloved Dean Read Waddington joined his wife, Kate Waddington, in the Kingdom of Heaven. Dean was born on February 17, 1955 in Bossier City, Louisiana to Ralph Waddington and Joan Sullivan. Shortly after Dean’s birth the family moved to Indianapolis where he stayed to raise his own children. He was the eldest of five siblings and grew up with a fierce independence, strong work ethic, and a deep love of sports. He spent a few years at Immaculate Heart before attending School 80. He later became a Broad Ripple Rocket, graduating in 1973. Dean was a gifted athlete, playing basketball and baseball in his youth. It should be noted that his high school baseball career was cut short by a cigarette infraction. He maintained his innocence until the end, claiming the cigarette in his own locker was in fact not his. His adventures continued at Indiana University. The Bloomington campus always held a special place in his heart. It’s where he began dating the love of his life, fostered lifelong friendships and entered into the most toxic relationship a man can find himself entwined in - that is one between himself and IU athletics. To really know Dean was to know his enduring love/hate relationship with the Hoosiers. One minute he was projecting them to win another national title, the next, he wrote the team off as a ‘non-factor.’ But despite the ups and downs of his favorite team, he attended countless games including the infamous basketball game where Coach Knight threw the chair and the 2011 game when Christian Watford hit a buzzer beater to take down the then No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats. College sports aside, Dean made lasting friendships and memories when he pledged Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Most of the stories from his days as a Phi Delt aren’t suitable for an obituary, but he always recounted his adventures with his fraternity brothers fondly. He even competed in IU’s prestigious Little 500 cycling race and never missed an opportunity to bring up the dramatic wreck that ended his quest for victory. There was still gravel embedded in his knee from the aftermath of the collision! It was also in college when Dean’s epic love story began. He met his wife, Kate, who he was married to for nearly 44 years. As alike as they were different, Dean and Kate complimented each other beautifully. Where Kate was vivacious and outgoing, Dean was a bit more thoughtful and reserved. He was never one to mince words, but that’s mostly because he didn’t have a lot of words to mince! But when Dean and Kate were together, they became the life of the party and couldn’t pass up the chance to get out on the dance floor when one of their favorite Disco songs came on. They shared a mischievous nature always wrapped in laughter carrying them through many decades together. Dean’s professional career was centered around being his own boss and running his own promotional products company. He took great pride in building and managing his business from the ground up. He enjoyed what he did and the customers and vendors he worked with, many of which became friends. Outside of family and business, the game of golf was one of Dean’s passions. He was never more at peace than when he was playing a round of 18. No one knew a course, a clubhouse, an architect, or a player better than him. He had the privilege of playing many local, national and international courses throughout his life and always shared these stories with his daughters, passing down his respect for the game. Dean was also a member of the respected men’s business group, Junto, from 1997 to 2024. He made many close friendships through the organization. He spoke highly of his fellow Juntonians and admired the leaders, business owners, entrepreneurs, doctors and lawyers who came together to learn from one another. These standup gentlemen supported and rallied behind Dean through recent health issues and made it their priority to be by his side until the end. Dean was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Waddington (nee Stephens); parents, Ralph Waddington and Joan Sullivan. He is survived by daughters; Sally Waddington and Anne (Josh) O’Brian; grandchild, Sonny; as well as siblings Pamela Rynard, Kellie Rios, Ralph Waddington Jr, and Theresa Sullivan. He is also survived by Kate’s loving siblings and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers and donations, his daughters ask that you crack open a cold Miller Lite and play a round of golf in his honor. An occasion to honor the lives of Dean and Kate Waddington will take place at Woodland Country Club in Carmel on Friday, the 23rd of August, from 2:00 to 4:30 in the afternoon. Flowers are not necessary but shared memories are encouraged.

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Friday, August 23, 2024

Celebration of Life

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Woodland Country Club