Clark Russell Waldmier

By The Atwood Herald staff

Atwood Herald of Atwood, Illinois

Clark Russell Waldmier, 92, of Decatur, died Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Imboden Creek Living Center.

Funeral service were Friday, December 27, 2013, at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur. Visitatation was Thursday, December 26, 2013 at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home. Decatur. Graveside services were at Gaines Cemetery, Mackinaw, on Friday, December 27, 2013.

Memorials: Central Christian Church or Music Department of Illinois State University.

Clark was born March 12, 1921 in rural Minier, Illinois, Tazewell County. Clark was the only child of William Lee and Gladys Beatrice (Clark) Waldmier. He attended Appenzeller Rural School, graduated from Minier Community High School in 1938 and Illinois State Normal University with a Bachelor's of Education in 1942, with further studies at ISNU in 1946-1947. He served our country in World War II, joining the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1947 and earning the rank of First Lieutenant as a pilot flying B-24 Liberators.

Mr. Waldmier taught at El Paso and Chenoa before the war. After WWII he began teaching Music and Band at Cerro Gordo, Illinois. During his thirty years of teaching there he conducted the Cerro Gordo Junior High and High School Bands, which were well known for their size and musicianship'. Several of his students went onto music school as educators or performers. He retired in 1976. Mr. Waldmier was Director of Personnel for School Band, of America from 1965-1973. He and his wife Mary chaperoned many of the SBOA trips to Europe and in the US. They then began to direct their own tour groups and were able to travel to many countries in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Hawaii. Their touring led them to many lifelong friends who they still talk to often from The Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Switzerland. Mr. Waldmier was an active musician, playing in dance bands and small groups. Music was his passion and he successfully played most instruments. He was a member of the Automatic Music Box Society and had a large collection of music machines.

Mr. Waldmier volunteered at St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur for 18 years. He was a Mason, a member of Comet Lodge #641, Minier, IL Valley of Bloomington, Scottish Rite, and Ansar Temple, Springfield, Illinois. He was a lifelong member of the Disciples of Christ Church. He became a member in the early 30's and finally affiliated with the Central Christian Church of Decatur, Illinois.

Mr. Waldmier was preceded in death by his parents, his only child Janina Rae (Waldmier) Helm in 1968, and his son-in-law Walter L. Helm in 2012. He married Mary Margaret Morgan of Bement, Illinois on August 10, 1944 in the Air Force Base Chapel in San Marcos, Texas. They celebrated 69 anniversaries together.

He is survived by his granddaughter Alisa (Helm) Ridge-way and husband Donnie. Step granddaughters Amanda (Derek) Wright of Plainfield, and Sarah Helm of Crest Hill Great-grandchildren Christopher Ridgeway and wife Amber, and Rachael Ridgeway, all of Decatur Step-great grandchildren Avery, Lily, and Delaney Wright of Plain-field. He lived to see three great-great-grandchildren: Dillon Ryan and Christian Ryan Ridgeway of Decatur and Aynslee Rae Ridgeway of Cerro Gordo.

The family would like to express thanks to Dr. Fritz and Dr. McCormack for their fine care. The family also thanks the nurses of St. Mary's Hospital in the ER, Medical, CVU, SCU, and ARC units. Their care and kindness was much appreciated. Mr. Waldmier's last months were lived out at Imboden Creek Living Center where the care, compassion, kindness, and feeling of family is unparalleled An extra special thank you to Kadesia Currie and Marcus for caring for him like he was their family. We appreciate all the good friends who called, wrote or stopped in to see him at the snd of his life.

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