MUSCATINE, Iowa -Douglas R. Watters, 78 of Muscatine, died Saturday, September 20, 2003, at Unity Hospital.
His Funeral Service will be 3:00 p.m. Monday, September 21, 2003, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. The Reverend Dr. Hal Green of the Wesley United Methodist Church will officiate. Pallbearers will be Ron Peacock, Rodd Watters, Joe Rueckert, Darin Richardson, Brit Hildahl, Dave Martel. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home.
Mr. Watters was born on November 28, 1924, in Ocheyden, Iowa, the son of Kenneth J. and Frieda Mae Zeug Watters. He married Charlotte G. Heslop on September 2, 1944, in Portland, Maine.
He was a 1943 graduate from Muscatine High School.
He was a World War II Veteran serving in the US Navy.
He served on the Muscatine Fire Department from 1950-1957, leaving as Captain. He then worked at Bendix Aviation in Davenport for 24 years retiring in 1981.
He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, Moose Lodge #388, and the American Legion. He was a life member of Elks Lodge #304.
Survivors include his wife Charlotte Watters, of Muscatine; one son, Douglas N. Watters and his wife, Jane, of Fayetteville, North Carolina; one daughter, Linda Hildahl of Sioux City; seven grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; two sisters, Bonnie Nietzel and her husband, Ralph, of Muscatine, and Peggy Brower and her husband, George, of Muscatine.
He was preceded in death by parents, his stepmother Edna, one daughter Toni, and one brother in infancy.
SANTA ANA, Calif. — Kenneth Lysle Watters, 90, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008, in Santa Ana.
Private graveside services will be Friday, Jan. 18, in Santa Ana.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, Fla., 32862 .
Brown Colonial Mortuary in Santa Ana is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Watters was born June 22, 1917, in West Liberty, the son of Fred and Nellie Mae Watters.
He graduated from West Liberty High School and attended Drake University briefly on scholastic and football scholarships.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1935, committed his life to the Lord and joined the Navigators, helping to lead on-board Bible studies.
He served on the USS West Virginia, the USS New Mexico and the USS Maryland, stationed at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
In May 1945, he married Vivian Pauline Fusby of Long Beach.
After his honorable discharge from the Navy, the couple moved to New York City, where they ran a Navigators’ home for servicemen.
The following year, they joined Wycliffe Bible Translators and served seven years in Peru, before transferring to the administrative offices in California.
In 1960, they settled in Santa Ana, where they lived for 31 years and raised their family.
He helped to oversee the growth of the administrative support functions of WBT and served as treasurer and VP of finance.
Along with his responsibilities for the financial well-being of WBT, which by the time of his retirement in 1990, had grown to be a large international organization with a staff of more than 5,000, he also was active as a deacon and teacher at Calvary Church for more than 30 years and led weekly Bible studies for more than a decade.
In 1991, the couple moved to the Tucson area, where his wife passed away in 2000 after a battle with Alzheimer’s. He cared for her at home until her death.
In 2001, he married Lee Kindberg and moved back to Santa Ana.
He is survived by his wife and her children and grandchildren; a brother, Robert of Coal Valley; a son, John and wife, Kathie, of Duncanville, Texas; two daughters, Juanita Ryan and husband, Dale, of Whittier, Calif., and Judi of Bath, Maine; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Calvin.