Richard George Waken

December 26, 1929December 17, 2013

Richard George Waken went to be with his wife Margaret Louise Gold on December 17th, 2013. She preceded him in death on December 30th, 2012. Richard was born in Enid, Oklahoma December 26th, 1929 to Alex and Sophia Waken. He grew up in Oklahoma, Indiana, and Ohio. He briefly joined the Marines and then enlisted in the US Army in 1949. While stationed at Fitzsimmons Army Base in Denver, he met Margaret and they were married on May 19th, 1950. He served our country for 20 years, which included a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1966-1967 and retired as a Sergeant Major in 1969. He was a police officer for Adams County Sheriff’s Department and retired as shop supervisor for the county. Richard is survived by four children: Margaret and husband Milford Haley of Cedar City, Utah; Georgina and husband Paul Lee of Westminster, Colorado; Richard (Sammy) of Northglenn, Colorado; and Phil and wife Diane of Thornton, Colorado. He is grandfather to 13 and great grandfather to 28. He was an awesome man who loved family, God, and country. He leaves behind an amazing legacy and will be missed by many.


  • Visitation Thursday, December 26, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 27, 2013

Richard George Waken

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Jody Lee

January 12, 2015

It's been over a year now that you've been gone papa. I miss you everyday of my life. Now our sweet little Jesse your doggers will be joining you soon. Please take care of her for us. I love you so much. Jody

Stephen Thompson

December 24, 2013

Deepest sympathy to all of his family. I know it is a tremendous loss to everyone. We all will miss him until we meet again.

Diane Waken

December 22, 2013

In remembrance of the most wonderful Father-In-Law anyone could ask for. Thank you so much for letting me be part of your family. We have had so much fun over the past 30 years. I will love and will miss you always. Give Grandma a hug and kiss from me. Love you Grumpy.

Christine Ridgeway

December 21, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss, please know I am thinking of you.

Lindsey Lee

December 21, 2013

"You have a peace symbol on your bag? And your necklace? That means you're a hippie." - Grandpa Waken

I will always treasure the banter between Grandpa and I. I will always remember how proud he was of me when I was learning Arabic and went to Egypt and how he wanted me to ask my professor if he knew what "moshdoob" meant. I will miss seeing him every week but he will never be forgotten. I hope we made you proud Grandpa! I was certainly proud to be your granddaughter. Rest in peace and I hope you're making a ton of jokes with Grandma!

Mark & Kerry Hersom

December 21, 2013

Our prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Herb & Cecilia Beckstrom

December 21, 2013

Our sympathy and prayers are with you. He is no longer in pain and is with his beloved wife and others who have gone before him. United again with his Heavenly Father.

DeAnna Hughen

December 21, 2013

So sorry for your loss. your all in my thoughts and prayers.

Jody Lee

December 21, 2013

My dad was the best. I will miss him everyday of my life. I will so miss our Christmas Eves together and the ways that he would crinkle his eyes. He taught us about family. He is together again with Mama. Rest in peace papa, until we meet again, I love you. Jody

December 21, 2013

I remember my Dad telling me as a child that the little white wool balls in the pastures were lawnmowers. I was in kindergarden at the time. My teacher was telling us all about the animals and showing pictures and the sounds that they made. When the lawnmower came up I raised my hand and told the class that it was a lawnmower. The teacher and I had an argument for about 5 minutes and finally she ask who told you this. I said very proudly that my Dad told me this. Yes my Dad was a big tease and I believe all that he told me. I miss that already but I know without a doubt that he is one happy man. So from all of us in Utah Dad be happy and we will see you later. Maggie Haley (Cedar City Utah).