"...The son of Fred and Mabel (Scheerer) Waite, Stephen was born October 8, 1912, at Fort Dodge. He graduated from Thompson High School in 1931. He joined the Navy in 1935 and served in campaigns during World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific. He was awarded three Bronze Star Medals with combat V, the Purple Heart and in 1997, France belatedly awarded him the French Liberation Medal for his service in the U.S. Naval Atlantic Fleet. He married Inga Kloster August 9, 1944. After his discharge from the Navy in 1945, he returned to farming in Iowa until 1962. He moved his family to Oregon and was employed by the State of Oregon as a cottage manager for the reformatory. He also worked in underground excavation and construction until his retirement in 1975. He then concentrated on his hobbies of fishing, gardening and wood carving. Stephen Waite died January 29, 1999, at his home in Buffalo Center. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Inga, of Buffalo Center; two sons, Richard Waite and his wife Linda of Paulsbo, Wash., and Jon Waite, also of Paulsbo; one daughter, Patricia and her husband Douglas Betten of New Hampton; six grandchildren, Debra, Brian, Donald, Rodney, Shelby and Kristen; four great-grandchildren; one brother, John Waite and his wife Faye of Woodburn, Oregon; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and three sisters."
("The Thompson Courier," February 4, 1999)
Inga M Kloster Waite
1915–2011 (m. 1944)
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