Obituary for Louis Richard Waters
Louis R. “Dick” Waters
Louis R. Waters, member of the Greatest Generation and longtime Temple resident, passed away the morning of April 15, 2017.
Burial will be Wednesday, April 26 at 1:00 PM at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen with full Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Humane Society of North Texas, 1840 East Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76103.
Dick was born September 25, 1922 in Cashmere, Washington to Lillian and Charles Waters. After graduating from Leavenworth, Washington High School and then beginning his education at Washington State University, Dick enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served in the European Theater in World War II flying B-17’s where he would earn two Distinguished Flying Crosses. After completing his European tour of duty, he returned to the states and was stationed at Barksdale AFB in Bossier City, Louisiana as an instructor. Shortly after arriving he reluctantly agreed to go on a blind date with a young administrative aide working in the Commander’s Office named Virginia Rae Johnson. Jinny and Dick would begin their 69-year marriage on August 21, 1945. After separation from the Air Force they moved back to Pullman, Washington where he could complete his studies at WSU. After graduation Dick accepted a position with the William R. Cameron Company in Rockdale to allow Jinny to be closer to her family in Louisiana. In 1957 Dick and Jinny moved to Temple where he began his long career at City Lumber Co.
Dick served the Temple community in many civic positions, serving as President of the Temple College Board of Trustees, President of the Kiwanis Club, National Director of the Kiwanis Club, various offices in the Temple Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Lumberman’s Association of Texas and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at First United Methodist Church of Temple where he and Jinny were active in the Dawson Sunday School Class. Jinny and Dick were also founding members of the Temple Cotillion Dance Club. Dick enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with many special longtime friends and family, especially grandson Lane, who called him Grandan. During this time, he also served in the Air Force Reserve where he retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel after more than 20 years of service. Those who preceded him are his wife Virginia – “The Chief”, Mother and Father Lillian and Charles, Stepmother Lottie, and older brother Charles.
He is survived by his son Richard “Rick” Waters and daughter-in-law Debbie of Fort Worth, grandson Lane Waters and wife Lauren of Dallas, granddaughter Patti Mason of Dallas, granddaughter Chrissy Mason and fiancé William Venzke of Houston, and sister-in-law Georgia Veitch of Minden, Louisiana, and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend sincere appreciation to the William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Hospital staff and special thanks to Julie McCoy for her loving care of Dick in his final months.