Memorial Services for Clarence Rolland “Pode” Waggoner will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Alma, Nebraska with Reverend Jim Bendorf officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Republican City Cemetery near Republican City, Nebraska.
Clarence Rolland Waggoner, better known as “Pode,” departed this life peacefully at the age of 87 on Saturday, January 13, 2018 under the tender care of the staff at the Good Samaritan Colonial Villa, Rural Med Hospice, and Harlan County Health Systems in Alma. Pode was born on July 8, 1930, in his grandparents’ (Lamphere) home in Republican City, to Clarence Rolland Waggoner, Sr. and Mildred (Lamphere) Waggoner. He lived his entire life, in his home on the farm north of Republican City, which was built by his grandparents, Frank and Maggie Waggoner in 1904. One of Pode’s greatest joys in life was his home. He had great pride in tending to the yard and maintaining the landscaping. Pode would tell you that, he and Elma Jean worked very hard over the years and the result was: a nice home, a great family, and much to be thankful for. In early 2017, he and Elma Jean moved to Alma, to the assisted living, and that was the first time in his life, he had ever changed residences. In March of 2017, he became a resident of the Good Samaritan Colonial Villa.
He attended school at the District #72 School, a country school 1 ½ miles west of the home place, through the 3rd grade. He and his sister, Bobbette, then transferred to the Republican City School, when he was in 4th grade. During these years: he obtained his nickname of “Pode”, quarterbacked the football team, played in a no-hit baseball game one Sunday night against Norton, Kansas with his dad, and played basketball at the Alma City Auditorium, which at the time, was one of the few decent courts in the area. He frequently flew in his dad’s plane, to go on insurance appointments or to see the Nebraska Huskers, play football in Lincoln, Nebraska. After graduating high school in 1948, he enrolled in the UNL Agriculture College and joined the Reserve Officer Training Corporation (ROTC).
In the summer of 1948, he met Elma Jean Dow, at a dance hall called Clink’s Park in Alma and by Christmas of 1949, he asked her to marry him. They were married on September 10, 1950, at the First Christian Church in Alma. They quickly started their family and they were blessed with four children: Julia, Jeanne, Paul, and David. Pode would tell you, the biggest heartbreak of his life was losing their daughter, Jeanne, to cancer in 2006.
Pode was a passionate farmer, who raised dryland and irrigated crops, and had enough pasture to graze cows. He loved to restore old John Deere tractors and several years ago, he drove the John Deere 630 in a tractor drive through Republican City. He learned how to operate the Ham Radio, through his brother-in-law, Elden Dow, who had an Amateur License. Pode obtained his “A” Class Radio Operation License in 1950 and was assigned the call letters N0BBX. He communicated with people all over the world using this skill. He greatly enjoyed his hobby as an Amateur Radio Operator.
Pode loved the game of golf and was a member of the Alma Country Club for many years. He served on the Republican City School Board and CO-OP Board for several years, and was a member of the Republican City United Methodist Church.
In 2013, Pode wrote an autobiography of his life. In his Closing Sentiments, he states that growing up, he never thought about doing anything other than farming, for a living. He believed it was fate, that he met Elma Jean and together they formed a productive farm, beautiful home, and created a big family, full of love and lots of laughter.
Pode is predeceased by: his parents, Clarence and Mildred Waggoner; daughter, Jeanne Hawley; sister, Bobbette Backes, and brother-in-law, Bernard Backes; and niece, Brenda Molzahn, her husband, Paul, and their son, Ian.
He leaves behind his wife of 67 years, Elma Jean (Dow) Waggoner of Alma; his daughter, Julia Richardson and spouse, Robert, of Alma, two sons, Paul Waggoner, and spouse, Cheri, of Alma and David Waggoner, and spouse, Randy Swalwell, of Chandler, Arizona; son-in-law, Ryan Hawley, and spouse Jo, of Alma; ten grandchildren: Eric Haussermann and spouse, Shondra, of Republican City, Emily (Haussermann) Anderson and spouse, Shon, of Holdrege, Nebraska, Elissa (Haussermann) Priess and spouse, Matt, of Scottsdale, Arizona, Erin (Hawley) Sevier and spouse, Jon, of Sacramento, California; Rebecca (Hawley) Finlayson and spouse, Barry, of Washington, Kansas, Matt Hawley and spouse, Celeste, of Hastings, Nebraska, Nate Waggoner and significant other, Charlien Longoria, and her son, Phillip, of Alma, Shanna (Waggoner) Peterson and spouse, Clay, of Lincoln, Nebraska, Erica (Waggoner) Thomas and spouse, Keath, of Phillipsburg, Kansas; and Lauren Waggoner of Louisville, Nebraska; 17 great-grandchildren: Kenley, Connor, Case, and Cannon Haussermann; Brenna Anderson; Elizabeth and Ethan Sevier; Evyn, Easton and Eli Finlayson; Nolan, Keegan and Graham Hawley; Landri and Blakely Peterson; and Baker and Raegan Thomas; and many other relatives and friends.