Clarence R. Waters, 84

Clarence R. Waters, 84

JACKSONVILLE (May 16, 2018) – Clarence Robert “Bob” Waters, 84, of Jacksonville, formerly of Medora, passed away at 9:56 a.m., Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Jacksonville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born April 29, 1934, in a rural area near Modesto to Wesley and Emma (Norton) Waters. He married his high school sweetheart, Pat Baker, on Dec. 27, 1952.

Mr. Waters attended high school in the Northwestern School District in Palmyra, graduating in 1952; he was noted in high school for his speaking ability and the talent to air flip over at least seven bent friends during gym class. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1953 and took basic training in San Antonio, Texas; afterward, he was stationed near Wichita Falls, Texas, until his transfer to Selfridge Air Force Base in Mt. Clemens, Mich., where his job was keeping the airplanes flying. He spent 14 months in England and served as a crew chief on a C-47 aircraft, flying all over Europe on assignment. After his discharge, he joined his family in Palmyra and found employment at McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, Mo., where he worked in the Clean Room preparing spacecraft for seven original astronauts, whom he later met. He and his wife later settled near Medora, where he farmed, did carpentry work and took care of his growing family. He was a past leader of the Medora Lions Club, Southwestern Chamber of Commerce and the Order of the Eastern Star and owned a small coffee shop in Chesterfield.

In addition to his wife, surviving are his daughters, Sheryl Waters and Deirdre Waters, both of Springfield; a son, Gordon (Kari) Waters of Jacksonville; and grandchildren, Zachary Crofton, Charlotte Crofton and Mitchell Crofton, all of Springfield, Andrew Waters of Kansas City, Mo., and Justin Hill of Jacksonville.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until Masonic services at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 17, at Targhetta and Wooldridge Funeral Home in Medora; funeral services will immediately follow, with Rev. Nicole Cox officiating. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.