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Douglas Waddell

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Douglas Lowell Waddell, 73, passed away Oct. 5, 2009 at Mercy Hospital in OKC surrounded by family, friends, and members of Crossroads Hospice. He was born in Arkansas City, KS on Jan. 10, 1936 to Lowell Vernon Waddell and Irene Donnelly. Of Welsh, Irish, and Norwegian heritage, Doug spent most of his childhood in Bellmore, NY, joining the Navy at 18 as a Weather Observer. After his service, he joined the booming casino business in Las Vegas becoming a dealer and surveillance specialist. He has worked 30+ years at casinos such as the MGM Grand, Caesar's Palace, Tropicana, Riviera, and Barney's to name but a few. He was married to Marylou Smith-Waddell for 47 years until her death in 2003. Moving to Oklahoma City in 2008, he spent his last year at The Lakes Care Center. During this time he met his final love, Donna Jean Hunter, who passed at The Lakes in July 2009. They had plans to marry and may they now meet in heaven. Doug is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends. A Memorial Service will be held 10:00 am, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Chapel Hill Funeral Home Chapel, 8701 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK.

Published in The Oklahoman on Oct. 9, 2009
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