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Robert Ernest "Bob" Waggoner
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Birth: Oct. 4, 1918
Elgin
Kane County
Illinois, USA
Death: Feb. 17, 2007
Colorado, USA

Denver Post obituary, 3/16/2007:

Love aide scored in politics, golf

By Virginia Culver
Denver Post Staff Writer

Bob Waggoner loved politics and golf and he managed to do a lot of both in his 88 years.

Waggoner was an aide to the late Gov. John Love, worked as a congressional aide and helped Nelson Rockefeller in his failed bid for the presidential nomination.

After retiring, he was the ramrod in getting an abandoned golf course restored.

Waggoner died Feb. 17 at Aurora South Hospital after a long illness.

He began as a school teacher, working in small schools where he often had to bone up at the last minute on a subject he knew little about, said his daughter, Melissa Waggoner of Denver.

Bob Waggoner was a clerk in the U.S. House of Representatives, then moved to Iowa to head the Republican State National Committee.

He returned to Washington as the administrative aide to Sen. Tom Martin and made an unsuccessful run for Congress from Iowa.

He returned to Washington to work in the Office of Civil Defense and Mobilization in the Eisenhower administration and later was the agency's regional director in Denver.

He managed the successful campaign for a former U.S. representative from Colorado, Don Brotzman, and then became administrative assistant to Love.

His job often required a balancing act among groups wanting the governor's attention, from the John Birch Society to the Black Panthers, he told his family.

He managed the Western states presidential campaign for Nelson Rockefeller during primary elections in 1968 and then was regional director for the General Services Administration in Denver.

Melissa Waggoner said her father was a "moderate Republican," who was never afraid to listen to ideas from Democrats.

"He was very distressed with the fighting in politics today," she said.

In 1973, Waggoner began his long effort to revive bankrupt Roxborough Golf Club in Arapahoe County.

Jeff Waggoner recalls visiting the former golf course with his father when cows were roaming on it. His father was so determined that sometimes he hauled rocks in his own "beaten-up yellow Chevy convertible.

"Everyone thought he was nuts," Jeff Waggoner said.

Finally his father was able to get investors together and the course was reopened. It is now Arrowhead Golf Course.

Robert E. Waggoner was born Oct. 4, 1918, in Elgin, Ill., and earned a bachelor's degree at Northwestern University and then a master's degree in political science from the University of South Dakota. He was an instructor in the Army Air Corps.

He married Beverly Giedd on Dec. 20, 1942. She preceded him in death.

In addition to his son and daughter he is survived by another daughter, Priscilla Wagner of Krum, Texas, and six grandchildren.


 
 
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 Parents:
  Ernest Cecil Waggoner (1888 - 1972)
  Madeline Sadler Waggoner (1894 - 1984)
 
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Created by: CTB
Record added: Apr 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88452463
 


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