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Gregory Allen Waddell - 62

4/15/1958 - 6/8/2020

Clinton, IA

Gregory A. “Greg” Waddell, age 62 of Clinton, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Monday, June 8, 2020.  Greg is now at home in Heaven after a 20 month battle with brain cancer, (glioblastoma).  In following Greg’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.  A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at the Pape Funeral Home.  A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00 PM.  Burial will be at a later date.


     Greg was born in Clinton on April 15, 1958, the son of Bill and Pat (Fisher) Waddell.  He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1976 and attended Mt. St. Clare College.  Greg married Linda Thornton on September 6, 1980 in Clinton.  Greg worked for Eagle’s Grocery Store for aver 20 years.  His true passion was remolding houses.  There was not a problem that Greg could not solve.  He had a love for his grandkids, baseball, and taking his family to Florida on vacation. 


    He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Linda; 3 daughters, Renee (Paul) Horner of Bettendorf, Nicole (Ryan) Street of Arlington, TX and Kim (Ryan) Weaver of Clinton; 7 grandchildren, Ethan, Avery, Mira and J.J. Horner and Sloan, Zane and Brenna Weaver; his parents, Bill and Pat Waddell of Clinton; his brother, Cary (Jill) Waddell of Castle Rock, CO; his sister, Cheri (Todd) Ellerbrook of Arlington, TX; his mother and father-in-law, Chuck and Joanne Thornton of Clinton and many other family and friends.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents.  Online condolences may be left at

In following Greg’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at the Pape Funeral Home.

A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00 PM. Burial will be at a later date.


  • Renee Horner

    on 06/09/20

    My dad was a humble, hardworking, thoughtful man. He had a radiant smile, laugh and twinkle in his eye. He always took the time to talk to his grandkids about their lives and let them know how important they were and the potential he saw in them. He taught me so much about life and has always been there when I needed him. He battled cancer bravely and stayed positive through it all. I am going to miss him so much, but I am so thankful that he trusted Jesus as his savior and I will see him in Heaven some day❤️

  • Joni Krogman

    on 06/10/20

    So sorry for your loss. I lost my brother to brain cancer 6 years ago. I worked with Pat for many years when she was at Clausen Company. Again my sincerest sympathy to you all. Joni Krogman 

  • Patty Hilbert Wilke

    on 06/10/20

    Linda I am so sorry for your loss.  Greg always had a smile on his face and that is what I picture when I think of him.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Brent Mulholland

    on 06/11/20

    Greg and I were best friends for 50 years.  We met in kindergarten, although we didn’t become best friends until high school.  When my children went to school I told them, if they were lucky, they might meet their best friends too.

    I no longer live in Clinton, and come back only about once a year or so.  Greg and I would go for a long walk, or sit somewhere and talk for hours and hours.  We were both interested in politics and the world in general.  He called me on the day after the 2018 election, and I assumed he wanted to talk about politics.  I was devastated to find out he had a brain tumor and was going to Iowa City the next day for an operation.  He later told me he rarely lost sleep over his condition.  That was amazing to me because I had countless nights where I would wake and think about him.  But that was Greg, he could just put it out of his mind.

    In grade school we didn’t live close to each other and rarely hung out.  I think what cemented our friendship was that he started working for my Dad, laying sod (I had no choice).  We were in 9th grade and I can still remember asking him in English class.  It was my Dad’s idea to ask him.  I should thank him for that.  Laying sod is hard work.  You’re on your knees all day, but Greg would sit to lay the sod.  My Dad started calling it the “Waddell method”.  Greg was an easy going guy and would never let things like that bother him, something I always admired.

    One thing I need to mention is that Greg had a blue Corvair in high school.  I don’t think it could go over 50 and he would always drive under the speed limit, just cruising along.  It fit his personality perfectly.  I think I loved that car more than he did.

    Through college we didn’t see each other much, but we started the habit of getting together whenever I came home.  Greg wanted it to be just the two of us, so I hardly know Linda and have never met their kids.  Linda knows what a special relationship we had, but I was hoping to come home to meet their kids and let them know how much I loved him.

    I’ve known for 18 months that I’d have to say good bye to him a lot sooner than I thought.  The entire time I’ve thought about the things that made us such close friends.  Greg was the most decent, caring person I’ve ever known.  I will miss him tremendously.

  • Mary McConnell Ward

    on 06/11/20

    Greg grew up across the street from my family on 6th Avenue North. He was a very nice guy. I am very sorry to hear of his passing. I will keep good thoughts for his family.


  • Sue Bigwood

    on 06/11/20

    I worked with Greg at Eagles. We spent many a time chatting. My son played baseball and he followed his games even when he played at college. He always wanted a signed baseball card from him. I thought how nice but he was going to save it for when he made the big time. Later years we would see each other at stores.....Menards or Home Depot but he always said best deals at Menards. I had heard he was sick at the beginning hopping for a longer time but sometimes we can’t control what God has for our future. I know he is with a lot of ‘Eagle’ my friend.  Thoughts and prayers to you Linda and family

  • John Rowan

    on 06/12/20

    Greg was my childhood friend growing up & his mother made the mistake one day of inviting me over to their house, needless to say myself and the others came almost every day through high school graduation to enjoy the fudge brownies. After being in the his wedding in 1980 we drifted apart when I moved to Houston for employment. Greg always loved to hear my dad talk about the many baseball players he met while stationed at the Navy pre-flight training school in San Diego during WWII. I'm sorry to hear of his passing, he was a great friend growing up during the St Pat's & St Mary's school years, may he rest in peace!

  • Tim Smith

    on 06/13/20

    Along with Brent and John, I was also a classmate of Greg - C76.  We also worked together at Eagles Grocery. Without question, Greg was truly one of the nicest men I have had the pleasure to meet.  He was always upbeat, happy-go-lucky, and had a natural smile. He was pleasant friend to all.  It was an honor to have known him. Rest in Peace Brother.

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  • Dan Thornton

    on 06/19/20

    Greg was a great person in life and an inspiration in how he handled death.  He will be greatly missed. 

  • Helen Gonzales

    on 07/04/20

    Linda I am so sorry to hear this. Greg was a great guy and you both made such a wonderful couple. And you have such a beautiful family. Thinking of all of you

  • Arnold and Ann Ekland

    on 07/06/20

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    So sorry to hear about Greg and your loss.  We always liked him and he was a consoling  and helpful grandson to his grandmother Dorothy Fisher.  May he rest in peace.

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