Robert "Bob" Waddell

December 20, 1933 - January 10, 2021
Born in Des Moines, Iowa
Resided in Urbandale, Iowa
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Robert “Bob” Waddell, 87, died Sunday, January 10, 2021 at Unity Point Iowa Methodist Medical Center. The family will receive friends 5-7 pm, Friday, January 15th at Iles Westover Chapel. A private funeral service will be 11 am Saturday at St. Stephen Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at McDivitt Grove Cemetery. Due to social gathering limitations, Bob’s service will be live streamed. Please visit Bob’s obituary on our website for a link 10 minutes prior to the service. We encourage friends and extended family to share their sympathies with Bob’s family using online condolences available on our website.

Bob was born December 20, 1933 in Des Moines to Robert and Marie (Topp) Waddell. He was a graduate Perry High School and served in the US Army, stationed in Okinawa, Japan. On February 14, 1954, Bob married Beverly Hutchinson in Perry, Iowa. The family settled in Urbandale in 1966. He began his career in commercial typesetting with the Perry Chief, and founded Waddell Typesetting in 1972. Bob was a member of many professional and civic organizations. In 2017, Bob went on the “Honor Flight” to Washington D.C., a highlight of his life. He was an active member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, an avid Chicago Cubs fan, and enjoyed family activities, especially spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of almost 67 years, Bev; children: Shannon (Lori) Waddell of Urbandale, Drew (Kim) Waddell of Urbandale, Todd (Dee) Waddell of Ankeny, Ann Waddell of Des Moines; grandchildren: Brittanie (Euseph) Messiah, Kelly Waddell, Sierra Waddell, Elizabeth (Simon) MacKenzie, Skyler Waddell, Connor Waddell, Bree Waddell, Demique Waddell, Noah Waddell; great grandchildren: Harper, Charlotte, Toryn and Xavier. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Don; sister, Donna Buckley; and granddaughter, Brenna Waddell.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Urbandale.





Iles Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Friday, January 15, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Private Service
St. Stephen Lutheran Church
3510 - 72nd Street
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Saturday, January 16, 2021
11:00 AM
McDivitt Grove Cemetery
Meredith Drive
Urbandale, IA US 50322
Saturday, January 16, 2021


St. Stephen Lutheran Church
3510 72nd Street
Des Moines, IA 50322