Richard “Dick” Faye Waldo, age 84, of Miles City passed away on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at the Cottonwood Care Home in Miles City, Montana.
Dick was born on March 27, 1928 (or, as he always teased, was it March 28, 1927?) in Sidney, Montana, the son of Fred and Clara (Struckman) Waldo. He grew up on a farm outside of Sidney, attended Anderson Elementary, and then Sidney High School. He married Marjorie Mae Gibbs on November 22, 1947 in Sidney.
Following their marriage, they moved numerous times as Dick worked on area construction projects and as an electrical lineman until 1956 when they moved permanently to the farm on Hatchet Creek. There they farmed, raised cattle, and operated Waldo Gardens for many years selling produce and cut French Fries at farmers' markets or to local grocery stores and restaurants. In the mid-1960s Dick and Marjorie brought nephew Paul Zahorodny to live with them, and in all ways he became their son. Dick worked for the National Farmers Organization (NFO) in the 1960’s and as a bulk fuel delivery man for Farmers Union Oil Company in Terry, Montana in the 1970's. Dick and Marjorie moved into Cottonwood Care Center in 2012.
Richard was a member of the Lutheran Church and the Farmers Union Bowling League. He liked to catch a few catfish, enjoyed hunting in his younger years, and thoroughly enjoyed a game of pitch (Fallon style of course) and pinochle. He had a true farmer's eternal optimism, always looking forward to spring with the hope that the next crop would be better than last, but with an Eastern Montana fatalism that expected any good crop to be wiped out by hail, grasshoppers, or both – which it frequently was. Dick never met a road or trail he didn't want to explore just to see what was over the hill and around the corner.
Richard is survived by his wife Marjorie, three children: Richard D. Waldo and his wife Jean of Grand Forks, ND; Sandra R. Viall of Missoula, MT and J. Scott Waldo and his wife Jackie of Bigfork, MT; eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, one brother, Theodore Bill Waldo of Lexington, KY, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers: Wayne Hiram Waldo of Fallon, MT; Patrick Leland Waldo of Miles City, MT; Arthur Harry Waldo of Sidney, MT, nephew/son Paul Zahorodny, Billings, MT, and one grandson, Keenen Viall of Missoula, MT.
Services to commemorate Dick's life with the community will be held in the spring. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of arrangements.
Published Dec. 5, 2012