Waldo Warren Wilson, 88, passed away Friday, October 26, 2018 in Lubbock, Texas. He was born on July 2, 1930 in Sulphur, Oklahoma to C.R. "Rat" and Leta O"Reta (Wallen) Wilson.
Waldo was a 1948 graduate of Sulphur High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Education from East Central State College in 1958, a Master of Science from Oklahoma State University in 1965, and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University in 1988. His dedication to continuing education knew no bounds as he attended and was certified in numerous counseling and rehabilitation courses all while working, supporting, and raising a family. Waldo worked in highway construction with his father while working on his post high school education. Upon graduating college, he accepted a teaching position in Eads, CO and held teaching and counseling positions in Wichita, KS and Pond Creek, OK. Waldo accepted a position in 1968 with the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services in Pauls Valley, OK. In 1973, he accepted a counseling position with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and retired from the VA in 2003.
On April 14, 1956, Waldo married Doris June Brown and they shared a wonderful 62 years, six months, and 12 days supporting and loving one another. He always made a point of saying what a special wife he had and how she never stopped working.
Waldo was a proud veteran joining the Oklahoma National Guard and serving as a member of the U.S. Army 45th Division, 180th Heavy Mortar Company, Thunderbirds during the Korean Conflict. Other than stating he believed everyone should serve the country in some capacity, he did not speak of his service to any significant extent. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and Good Conduct Medal along with other service medals.
Waldo was a hero not only as soldier but as a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin, teacher, coach, and counselor. He taught his children many life lessons not the least of which was how to deal with bullies in a non-confrontational, non-violent, and neutralizing manner. It seems that teaching and dealing is a lost art today. It is his children's duty to pay that forward.
Survivors include his wife, June; son Steven Warren and wife, Kimberly Marie of Plano, TX; daughter, June LaRail Shipp and husband Neil; grandson, Logan Grant Wilson of Plano; granddaughter, Aspen McKenzie Mitchell of Lubbock; step-grandson, Devon Mitchell; stepgranddaughter, Kelly Shipp; step-grandson, Kyle Shipp; sister JoLeta Weems of Kansas City, KS; sister Sallie Ann Wilson of Owasso, OK; and several nieces and nephews.
Waldo was preceded in death by his parents; one grandchild, Alicia Laurel Wilson; brother Carl A. Wilson; brother Jimmy Lee Wilson; and sister, Billie Patricia Downey.
Waldo was a devote man of faith. He served for several years as a deacon of the Shadow Hills Baptist Church in Lubbock. He was member of the First Baptist Church of Shallowater at the time of his passing.
Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Shallowater at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 31st with burial to follow at Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park, 15602 TX-493 Loop, Lubbock, TX 79423.
How do you distill the greatness of a man and his contributions in an obituary? You don't. Waldo contributed in a great many ways and to a great many of people. It is incumbent upon those he taught, counselled, witnessed to, and touched to pass it along to the generations to come and for those generations to do the same. Doing so honors his spirit and ensures his legacy.