WAGGONER, RICHARD WALTER- CELEBRATION OF LIFE OF RICHARD WALTER WAGGONER will be at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, burial following at South Park Cemetery with Rev. Dale Plummer officiating. The Waggoner family invites you to gather with them at St. Andrews Church for a reception following the service.
On August 26, 2018 Richard Walter Waggoner passed away in the comfort of his Roswell home and in the presence of his loving family. Richard, known to his friends as ‘Dick’, is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lynn Victoria Waggoner, his daughter of Roswell, NM, Jolene Lynn Lilley, (Frank Lilley) and his son of Santa Fe, NM, William J. Waggoner. Dick is the grandfather of eight children and great grandfather of eleven.
Richard Waggoner, is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Albuquerque, attended and graduated from NMMI in 1950 and graduated first in his class in 1956 from the University of New Mexico School of Architecture.
Dick enjoyed a very successful architecture practice throughout the southwestern United States for over 60 years. He designed over 44 projects at NMMI, numerous University projects at campuses throughout the State of New Mexico as well fire stations, banks, restaurants, numerous residences, museums, churches and a host of other commercial and residential projects that will forever remember his extraordinary design and planning talent and expertise. His vision and tireless dedication to solving the ‘space problem’ will be enjoyed by people who live, work and play in the buildings that he designed for generations to come. He was also a keen businessman; instrumental in helping his father-in-law, John H. Trigg, build a successful oil and gas company in the Permian Basin.
Richard’s philosophy to serve the community that gives so much to us was time and again demonstrated in the decades of years of his community service in so many organizations such as Board of NCARB, (National Council of Architecture Registration Boards) where he wrote and graded the design portion of the tests required for persons seeking to acquire a license to practice architecture, he served and attended Rotary for over four decades, where he received the Paul Harris Award and was named a Fellow, the New Mexico State Board of Architecture (past Chairman) for eight years, NMMI Foundation Board Trustee for eleven years, President of the NMMI Alumni Association for two terms, admitted to the NMMI Hall of Fame, a Warden of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, City of Roswell Planning and Zoning Chairman and so many others.
Dick Waggoner’s zest for life mirrored his passion to soar. He loved flying and as a young man earned his fixed-wing pilot’s license and then with his life-long friend Bill Cutter, went on to actually build and fly a biplane. He was one of the first Hot Air Balloon pilots in New Mexico and one of the founding pilots of the now world renowned International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. He enjoyed that sport for many years across the United States; flying with his friends and family and just about anyone else who asked for a ride. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer and world traveler. In fact, at age 55, Dick taught himself to speak German and then took his wife and travelled the country just to use it.
Richard W. Waggoner maybe remembered best for never saying ‘no’ to someone who asked him for help. Countless people owe their success to Dick for stopping and taking the time to help them. He did so with a smile and usually a joke. Dick truly loved to see others smile and always had a joke to tell them to see if couldn’t achieve just that, a smile or a laugh.
In lieu of flowers the family would like donations made in honor of Mr. Waggoner to The Fisher House Foundation, Inc., 12300 Twinbrook Parkway #410, Rockville, MD 20852; Assurance Home Inc., 1000 E. 18th Street, Roswell, NM 88201 or an organization of your choice.
Regardless of distance, Mr. Waggoner always showed his zest for life and warmth with open heart to those of us who loved his kindness and joy. He will look after us from above, surely riding a colorful balloon. Love always, Geraldina
Geraldina GonzálezMexico City, NM
Jolene and Family, We are so very for your loss. The write up in the paper was wonderful...I know you are so proud of your dad..he was an amazing father and such a giving man to others and this community. Please know that Steve and I have you and your family in our thoughts...and I know that sweet and special memories of your dad will bring you comfort in the days ahead. Love, Steve and Dorothy
Steve and Dorothhy TarterRoswell, NM
Richard will be missed very much by friends and family. He was very interesting with the stories of his life. He was a caring person to anyone he talked to. Prayers to his wife (Lynn) and his family.
Heather and Ryder HarknessRoswell, NM
We will miss Dick and his sense of humor, and especially his jokes. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lynn and all of her family
Karen Vaillant and David MillsLas Cruces, NM
Richard Waggoner was a great cousin who always welcomed us into his home. He always talked about a Waggoner reunion. Now that will take place in Heaven
Claron & Sharon Waggonersocorro, NM
I was saddened when I read of Dick’s death in today’s ABQ Journal. Lynn I am so sorry for your loss and I send you and your family my love and deepest sympathy. I flew with Dick, Bill Cutter, Ben, Maxie when we all first started flying balloons and was the first woman lisenced west of the Mississippi so we all flew together for along time. There is a quote that has given me comfort in the past and I would like to share it with you; ‘’ God gave me memory so I could close my eyes and see the one I loved and who loved me.’’ Take good care of yourself Iknow this is a difficult time. Love Joan S. Florance
Joan FloranceAlbuquerque, NM
As contemporaries in ballooning I remember fondly those days that we had together, mostly at the "Old Timer's Rallies in Roswell and to a lessor degree in the frenzied atmosphere of the Fiesta.
Dick was a great guy who had an easy manner. My sincerest condolences to Dick's family.
Gentle Winds and Soft Landings, Dick
Thomas ZanottiBelen, NM
Richard welcomed my entrance into the Waggoner clan with open arms and heart. He was thrilled to have a fresh landing pad for his repetior of jokes, often off color, and stories of questionable origin. His laugh, lightness of being and positivity will be missed but not forgotten.
Melinda RedeniusDenver, CO